Mary Ellen Kordas
Treasurer of the Board
Faculty, Center for Montessori Education/NY;
Mary Ellen’s career in Montessori education spans 30 years. Having begun her professional life serving abused and neglected children, it is her passion to provide a safe, respectful environment for children.
Currently providing consulting services to schools (MEK Consultants), Mary Ellen is also president of the board of Bella Mente Montessori Academy, a charter school in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.
In addition, she is on the management faculty at the Center for Montessori Education in New York and a lecturer at the San Francisco Bay Area Montessori Teacher Education Program.
Mary Ellen developed and led the AMS-accredited Valley Montessori School in Livermore, CA, one of the largest single-campus schools in the country, with a staff of 70 teachers and administrators serving 500 children from Toddler level through 8th grade. The school’s state-of-the-art facility in the wine country of the San Francisco Bay Area includes a gym, 24 classrooms, and a cultural center on 7 acres. Through Mary Ellen’s expertise in financing projects using tax-free bonds and capital campaigns, the school raised over 1.5 million dollars to fund its building projects.
AMS credential: Administrator