AMS to Bestow $6,400 in Grants & Awards This Spring

For Immediate Release

Contact: Marcy K. Krever, Senior Director of Communications & Public Relations
Phone: No calls please.

American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163

February 28, 2014—Every year, the American Montessori Society recognizes, with monetary awards, individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the Montessori Movement. This spring, we will be giving a total of $4,400 in Peace Seed Grants, to help fund 7 different peace projects; we will also be dividing a total of $2,000 among 3 individuals in recognition of their excellent Montessori research.


Ursula Thrush Peace Seed Grants help fund projects that promote peace education. The grants are presented in memory of educator Ursula Thrush, whose dedication to the concept of peace through children inspired many to advance peace education in their classrooms and communities. They are funded by donations to the AMS Peace Fund.

The 2014 Peace Seed Grants will go to:

Chris Ambroso, teacher, Near North Montessori School, Chicago, IL
Chris will be awarded $700 to help with an exchange program he and his Middle School students are doing with Nuestros Perqueños Hermanos, a Montessori-based program in Honduras.

Ana María García-Blanco, director, Escuela Juan Ponce de Leon, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
A $700 Peace Seed Grant will help Ana María train local Middle School students to be peace ambassadors at Escuela Luis Lloréns Torres, which is located in a depressed, high-crime area of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Laura and Andrew Garvey, teachers, Good Shepard Montessori School, South Bend, IN
A $500 grant will help fund a keynote speaker for an academic conference being organized by Laura and Andrew Garvey’s Middle School students for their local community.

Marissa Hartwig, teacher, Children’s House Montessori School, Boca Raton, FL
A $1,000 grant will enable Marissa to assist with the rebuilding of schools devastated by a typhoon in Cebu, the Philippines.

Batool Khan, teacher Khawaja Public School, Karachi, Pakistan
Batool will be given $400 to provide safe, outdoor play experiences for children who have had little previous opportunity to do so, because of the dangerous situations where they live; and to design a research study to observe the students and their behavior.

Linda Salenbien, director, Montessori Children's House of Lenawee, Adrian, MI
Linda will receive $600 to build a Peace Garden for a multi-age, variously-abled group of children and their local community.

Cheryl Shank, teacher, Sacred Heart Montessori Camden, NJ
Cheryl will be awarded $500 to provide robust outdoor and nature-based education for children in a high-crime, impoverished part of NJ.


AMS Dissertation & Thesis Awards honor researchers whose graduate-level work is deemed outstanding in furthering the understanding of Montessori education.

The 2014 awards will go to:

Punum Bhatia, “Mind Over Matter: Contributing Factors to Self-Efficacy in Montessori Teachers.” Doctoral Dissertation (First Place) $1,000.

Jill Stansbury, “Dealing with Diversity: Administrator, Teacher and Parent Perceptions of the Responsiveness of Montessori Schools to Racial and Ethnic Diversity.” Master’s Thesis (First Place) $750.

Victoria Livingston, “Educators on Social Media: A Look into What Montessori Teachers and Other Educators Believe About Intrinsic Motivation and Rewards.” Master’s Thesis (Second Place) $250.

We congratulate all of the grant and award recipients on their fine achievements and wish them the very best of luck in their future endeavors!

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