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 (June - July) 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
  • Special offer for the Springtime Fancy: get 1 free ticket for the first 2 tickets that you buy
  • Opportunities to mingle with AMS leadership in exclusive virtual and in-person events

Kathy Roemer


The American Montessori Society has been my philanthropy of choice for many years. Not only did Montessori education become my life-long career but both of our sons reaped the benefits of the compassionate development of them as human beings. I am forever grateful to the influence Montessori has had on our parenting. Montessori is not just a method of education—it is a philosophy for life.

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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 FY21 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021), including those who have chosen to remain anonymous: 

  • Anonymous donors
  • Michael & Aimee Allen
  • Aster Montessori
  • Janet & Ray Bagby
  • Rebecca & John Bernard
  • Ryan & Sabrina Binkley
  • Geoffrey E. Bishop
  • Alice Buchanan
  • Dr. Brooke Culclasure
  • Marie M. Dugan
  • Mercedes Dugan
  • Whitney Falcon
  • Anita Hanks
  • Mark & Megin Meyer
  • Higher Ground Education Inc./Guidepost Montessori
  • Suzanne Jennett Gusemano
  • Luz Casquejo Johnston
  • Vyju Kadambi
  • Dr. Juliet King
  • K.T. Korngold (In honor of Carole Wolfe Korngold)
  • Kathy Leitch
  • Nancy & Jeff Lindeman
  • Drs. Joyce & Bob Pickering
  • Julia Preziosi (Northern Kentucky Montessori Academy)
  • Princeton Montessori School
  • Mary Beth Ricks & Brian Schmidt
  • Dr. Kathy & Erwin Roemer 
  • Tanya L. Ryskind
  • Marsha Stencel

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