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AMS Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the policy-making body of the American Montessori Society. It is empowered to formulate policies and to amend the constitution and bylaws as needed to fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities and to ensure a vigorous future.

Board directors represent various constituencies of the Montessori community and contribute a diversity of experience and expertise that enrich the body’s deliberations and decisions. Every director sits on at least 1 AMS committee or commission. Some directors are elected individually. Others are selected by the AMS Board to form a group, or "slate." AMS members vote to approve or not approve the slate in its entirety.

Executive Committee Directors

PickeringJoyce S. Pickering

President of the Board
Executive Director Emeritus
Shelton School & Evaluation Center, Dallas, TX



PetersDane L. Peters

Vice President of the Board
Retired Head of School
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, Brooklyn, NY



Julie BragdonJulie Bragdon

Treasurer of the Board
Assistant Head of School
Montessori School of Denver, Denver, CO



McKenzieGinger Kelley McKenzie

Secretary of the Board
Associate Professor of Education, Montessori Teacher Education Program
Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH



BreimanRobyn Breiman

Montessori Elementary Teacher Training Collaborative, Lexington, MA


UngererRichard A. Ungerer

Ex Officio
Executive Director
American Montessori Society, New York, NY



Board Member Directors

BayerSuzanne Bayer

Chair of the Teachers Section
Middle School Teacher
Valley Montessori School, Livermore, CA



BowmanGary Bowman

Executive Director/Superintendent
California Montessori Project, Carmichael, CA




BrainardFrank Brainard

School Accreditation Commission Representative
Educators for Theorem Group, LLC



HoranMarilyn Horan

Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School, Frederick, MD



KambrichSusan Kambrich

Head of School
Woodland Hill Montessori School, North Greenbush, NY




McGheeBeverley Alexander McGhee

Alexander Montessori School, FL
Montessori Teacher Training Institute, Palmetto Bay, FL



MillerDarla Miller

AMS Infant & Toddler Teacher Training Faculty Member
Houston Montessori Center, Houston, TX



Dorothy PaulDorothy Paul

Deputy Director and Montessori Methodologist
Duhovka Preschools, Prague, Czech Republic
Director, Duhkova Montessori Teacher Education Program
Prague, Czech Republic

SaylorLaura Saylor

Assistant Professor, Inclusive Early Childhood Education
College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, OH



SchneiderMary Schneider

Chair of the Teacher Educators Section
Head of School
Woodinville Montessori School, Bothell, WA
Executive Director
Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest, Seattle, WA


ShivjiMunir Shivji

Director of Toddler and Primary Programs
Cambridge Montessori School, Cambridge, MA




StevensonSandra Marie Stevenson

Family Representative
International Picture Editor
The New York Times, New York, NY



ThomasMeg Thomas

Chair of the Heads of School Section
School Administrator
Coleridge-Taylor Montessori School, Louisville, KY



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