A dynamic group of educators, university faculty, and others, the AMS Research Committee is actively engaged in encouraging, supporting, and disseminating research about Montessori education. Among other responsibilities, its members stand ready to field questions and engage in dialogue with fellow Montessori researchers.
The committee brings together individuals with diverse research interests, each experienced in university or professional-level research. Ideally, its members also represent a variety of geographic regions.
Committee members serve a 3-year term and meet monthly via teleconference. For more information, contact the committee co-chairs.
Carolyn Daoust, PhD, Co-chair
Associate Professor, Montessori Elementary Coordinator, and Director of Interns, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, CA
Recipient, AMS 2005 Dissertation Award
Research interests: Authentic Montessori practice; teacher education; children's mathematical thinking; public sector Montessori
Ann Epstein, PhD, Co-chair
Assistant Professor, Early Childhood Program Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
Recipient, AMS 1997 Dissertation Award
Research interests: Accommodations for young children with exceptionalities; collaborating with parents of young children; technology and early childhood
Janet Hall Bagby, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Department of Educational Psychology, Baylor University, Waco, TX
Recipient, AMS 2002 Dissertation Award
Research interests: Problem solving; executive function; connecting educational theory to Montessori practice
Sharon Damore, EdD
Adjunct Faculty, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Executive Director, Association of Illinois Montessori Schools
Coordinator, Administrators Program, Seton Montessori Institute
Research interests: Teacher collaboration; student assessment; professional development schools
Maureen Harris, MEd
Early Learning, Department of Education, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Recipient, AMS 1994 Dissertation Award
Research interests: Indigenous research; Montessori music; contemporary issues in early learning
Jamilah R. Jor'dan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood/Primary Bilingual Education, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL
Research interests: Childhood exposure to violence; family strengthening practices; family child care
Alyssa Moore, MS, MBA
Director, U.S. Medical Affairs, Genentech, South San Francisco, CA
Member, Board of Directors, Bay Area Montessori Association, San Mateo, CA
Research interests: Cooperation/collaboration of research across associations and organizations; Montessori public education; developmental psychobiology
Kathy Roemer, EdD
Executive Director, Twin Parks Montessori School, New York, NY
President, AMS Board of Directors
Chair, NYC Montessori Network
Research interests: Characteristics unique to Montessori education; assessment of student learning; life after Montessori
Richard A. Ungerer, Ex Officio
Executive Director, AMS
Keith Whitescarver, EdD
Director, National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector
Research interests: History of literacy; history of Montessori
Linda Zankowsky, EdD
Head of School, Wilmington Montessori School, Wilmington, DE
Adjunct Faculty, University of Delaware
Research interests: Literacy; assessment; collaborative learning communities; leadership; Montessori public schools
With support from a team of external proposal reviewers, this subcommittee recommends recipients of AMS research mini-grants, which support Montessori research.
Keith Whitescarver, Chair
The AMS Research Committee is supported by the work of Angela Murray, AMS research coordinator.
The Committee gratefully acknowledges Dr. Marlene Barron, Kathy Carey, Dr. John Chattin-McNichols, Dr. Betsy Coe, Dr. Jacqueline Cossentino, Dr. Michelle Moody-Frazier, Dr. Margaret Loeffler, Dr. Ginger McKenzie, Anna Perry, Dr. Phyllis Povell, Dr. Ginny Riga, Dennis Schapiro, and Martha Torrence for their involvement in an advisory capacity.