The AMS Circle of Friends

The AMS Circle of Friends is a giving community made up of donors that give a gift of at least $1,000 to the American Montessori Society in a single year. When you give or pledge a minimum of $1,000 per AMS fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) to any combination of AMS funds, you are automatically welcomed into the Circle of Friends.

Why Join the Circle of Friends

Our work is funded, in part, by membership dues and registrations fees. But this is not enough. It takes a village to raise a child…and a circle of friends to help underwrite a movement that brings the benefits of Montessori to millions of children and their families across the globe.

As a way of expressing our deep-seated gratitude, upon receiving your donation of $1,000 in a fiscal year, we will recognize your generosity with:

  • A Circle of Friends lapel pin 
  • Acknowledgement in the AMS Annual Report
  • Recognition on the AMS website
  • Print copies of special AMS publications
  • Opportunities to mingle with AMS leadership in exclusive virtual and in-person events

Meet the Friends

The Circle of Friends is made up of teachers. Heads of schools. Program directors. Civic leaders. Families. Montessori alumni and advocates. And anyone else with a passion for making the world a better place through Montessori. They have a deep-seated appreciation for the inroads AMS is making in advancing quality Montessori education.

Thank you to the friends who have given in FY22 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022), including those who have chosen to remain anonymous: 

  • Anonymous donors
  • Aimee and Michael Allen
  • Gule Eram Andrabi
  • Janet Hall Bagby
  • Rebecca and John Bernard
  • Sabrina & Ryan Binkley (Spruce Tree Montessori School)
  • Geoffrey Bishop
  • Sara Bloomberg
  • Julie Bragdon
  • Marie T. Conti
  • Sharon J. Damore
  • Marie M. Dugan
  • Margaret Ellison
  • Thomas J. Emery
  • Whitney Lee Falcon
  • Chandra Fernando
  • Diane Force
  • Hilary A. Green
  • Anita K. Hanks
  • Luz Casquejo Johnston
  • Vyju Kadambi
  • Juliet King
  • K.T. Korngold
  • Nancy Lindeman
  • Gina T. Lofquist
  • Donna Milani Luther
  • Jennifer McConnell
  • Julie Savignac McGavran
  • Amelia and Bob McTamaney
  • METTC Circle of Friends: Biff Maier, Robyn Breiman, Jody Trimm, Sheila Reed, Michael Silverstone, and Nancy Schlussel
  • Mark and Megin Meyer
  • Michelle Morrison
  • Mary Beth Ricks and Brian Schmidt
  • Timothy D. Seldin: In honor of Nancy Rose, Mushe Meyer, and Doug and Maria Gravel
  • Debbie Senoff-Langford
  • Martha Teien
  • Meher Van Groenou
  • Lenan Yang

Ready to join?