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. 

Susie and David Shelton-Dodge

Our 2023 Living Legacy

The 2023 Living Legacy recipients are Susie and David Shelton-Dodge. Susie and David have been on the forefront of the Montessori Movement since the 1970s, supporting countless students, teacher educators, and other community members with generosity, grace, and determination to continue the provision of equitable, authentic Montessori practice. Currently, Susie is the director emeriti and Early Childhood practicum coordinator, and David is the Infant/Toddler practicum director and conference coordinator at Hope Montessori Educational Institute in St. Louis, MO.

David Shelton-Dodge


Our current adult learners are a reflection of our country. We know and they know that our work as Montessorians is as important now as it was in Montessori’s time. We work to respect each child, each parent, and each coworker and learn from the diversity of nationality, race, economic condition, sexual orientation, and religion.

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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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