Living Legacy Scholarship Fund

The American Montessori Society Living Legacy is an annual tribute to an individual who has made a lasting impact on the AMS community through their dedication and leadership. When you give in honor of the Living Legacy, you support a cherished AMS practice: the awarding of scholarships to aspiring Montessori educators at AMS-affiliated teacher education programs. 

Where Your Dollar Goes

Our world needs educators. With the demand for high quality teachers continuously on the rise, it is more important than ever that we dedicate ourselves to supporting these individuals who truly are the heart of Montessori.

Your donation to the Living Legacy Fund goes toward scholarships that help adult learners fulfill their dreams of teaching in Montessori classrooms.

Candy Proctor


When you give to the AMS Living Legacy Scholarship Fund, you help create pathways for future Montessori teachers to realize their dream of helping shape the Montessori classrooms of tomorrow. You also ensure that all Montessori children can see themselves reflected in the faces of the talented and inspired guides who have answered the call to touch their lives every day.

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Our 2021 Living Legacy

The 2021 Living Legacy is William “Biff” Maier. In his 47 years of Montessori service, Biff has been (amongst other things) a guide and head of school, a co-director and treasurer of a teacher education program, chair of the Teachers Section of the AMS Board of Directors, and, perhaps most important, a mentor and a friend. Read Biff’s story.

Biff Maier


I’ve never had a day that I wasn’t joyful to be a Montessori teacher. From arranging bead bars to guiding field trips and pitching wiffle balls, Montessori educators nurture and empower children in so many ways. Supporting new teachers is a powerful act. How many dreams will you launch? How many lives will you affect?

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