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TES Members-at-Large, Teacher Education Action Commission

There are 2 TES member-at-large positions open on the Teacher Education Action Commission (TEAC). The term of office for each position is 3 years.


Voting will take place January 4 – 18, 2017. Voting for the AMS 2017 Board of Directors is now closed.

Organizational members: Voting for the Teacher Education Action Commission is open to each AMS-affiliated teacher education program. Each eligible TEP has 1 vote per AMS-affiliated level for the following levels: Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, and Administrator. TEPs with multiple votes may cast all their votes for 1 candidate, or distribute their votes over multiple candidates.


Cathy CarpenterCatherine (Cathy) Carpenter
Primary Teacher and Institute Instructor, Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies,Silver Spring, MD
MEd, Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS
AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – II ); MACTE-credentialed (Early Childhood)

As a lifetime member of AMS, I am deeply vested in optimum development of Montessori teachers to meet the needs of schools in the 21st century. Working with children and families for 40 years from the Primary through Upper Elementary levels from the west to east coast, I have witnessed the value of implementing in TEPs a strong Montessori philosophy with high standards while allowing for program innovation and diversity. This commitment, along with a belief in respectful collaboration when confronting difficulties and implementing a solution-based focus, is my mindset. I am eager to work for TEAC, using my previous experience in the MACTE-accreditation and AMS-affiliation process. Forging stronger connections amongst partners, working to support current initiatives, and promoting a progressive, futurist mentality are my top priorities.

Voting for the AMS 2017 Board of Directors is now closed.

Michael DuffyMichael Duffy
Co-Director, Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative, Arlington, MA
MEd (Media Education), State University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA
AMS-credentialed (Elementary I – II)

As co-founder and co-director of METTC, and a faculty member of 4 other Montessori training programs over a 20-year period, I believe I have gained valuable insights into what is required for quality Montessori training. I am especially interested in facilitating the ability of training programs to bring about the transformation of teachers that will help them become authentic Montessori educators, dedicated to Maria Montessori's vision of promoting auto-education and development of the whole child. Mastery of the Montessori materials and curriculum are certainly essential outcomes of any Montessori training program, but even more important is the ability to shift the philosophical and pedagogical paradigm of would-be Montessori teachers. Training centers must be properly structured to meet those goals, and TES/TEAC can provide the stimulus and support they need to be successful.

Voting for the AMS 2017 Board of Directors is now closed.

Heather GerkerHeather Gerker
Program Director, Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education, Covington, KY
MEd (Early Childhood Education), Endicott College, Beverly, MA
AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood)

I am honored to have the opportunity to stand for election. For the last 10 years, I have been committed to Montessori education and strongly believe in the love of learning, independence, and respect that Montessori education nurtures in children. Having worked as a Montessori teacher, teacher educator, teacher education program director, Cincinnati Montessori Society board president, and as a Montessori parent, I believe I bring a multifaceted perspective to the AMS Teacher Education Action Commission. With an undergraduate degree in electronic media, I have a strong background in technology. This experience combined with my master’s degree in Montessori will enable me to better represent current and future AMS members. I am passionate about mentoring new teachers and supporting those in the classroom and will be a strong advocate for Montessori teachers at all levels.

Voting for the AMS 2017 Board of Directors is now closed.

Marjorie HortonMarjorie Horton
Director, Montessori Program, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA
MA (Teaching of Science), Teachers College at Columbia University, New York, NY
AMI-credentialed (Early Childhood)

The Montessori Method has been part of my life for over 35 years as I taught young children, directed schools, and began 2 Montessori training programs. After so much fun, it is time to give back. My hope would be to work with others in documenting an AMS Scope and Sequence as a reference. I would also like to reduce the time spent by TEPs completing paper through the use of a computerized system that would input data from a master form. My personal project would be to expand the science curriculum for the Montessori Early Childhood program, using concrete experiments in keeping with the rest of the curriculum.

Voting for the AMS 2017 Board of Directors is now closed.

Rosemary QuarantaRosemary Quaranta
Head of School, Xavier University Montessori Institute Lab School; Clinical Faculty (Early Childhood & Elementary I – II), Xavier University Montessori Institute, Cincinnati, OH
MEd (Montessori), Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH
AMI-credentialed (Early Childhood & Elementary)

TEAC is a commission of devoted Montessori professionals that have dedicated their lives to high quality and consistent standards throughout AMS teacher education programs. I see myself as 1 of those professionals, AMI 3 – 12 trained, always collaborating with AMS training programs to affirm and evaluate the quality of their teacher education. As head of school and clinical faculty of Xavier University Montessori Institute, I continue to be a voice for AMS, Montessori philosophy and curriculum, the importance of the environment and guiding and inspiring our adult learners by mentoring and modeling. As we move forward and consider best practices in Montessori education, I believe that we need to have a vision which upholds the high standards and meets the needs of the community that it serves. I will bring to the group 40 years of 3 – 12 experience, national and international experience with training programs, and a strong work ethic.

Voting for the AMS 2017 Board of Directors is now closed.

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