Applications Sought for AMS Board of Directors

For Immediate Release

Contact: Carol Starmack, Chief Operating Officer
Phone: No calls please.

American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163
August 24, 2016. 

If you are an active member of our community and wish to deepen your commitment and level of activity, now through noon, EDT, September 30, 2016*, AMS invites you to apply for candidacy on our Board of Directors. The positions open this election cycle are:

  • Professional Director
  • Chair of the Teacher Educators Section and 2 Members-at-Large

Newly elected board members will take office March 14, 2017. They will be encouraged to attend our winter board meeting as observers on March 12 and 13 in San Diego, immediately following the AMS 2017 Annual Conference. Terms are for 3 years, not to exceed 2 consecutive terms.

The Directorship Committee of the Board of Directors will review all applications for professional directors and approve select applicants as candidates to enter the election, with intent to ensure that the Board is representative of its constituents and well-equipped to work on its strategic goals. The Teacher Educators Section Nominating Committee will review all applications for the chair and member-at-large positions and make recommendations to the Directorship Committee.

Download the AMS Board of Directors Application
Download the AMS TES Application

Why Serve on the AMS Board of Directors?

Serving on the AMS Board will give you the opportunity to contribute talent, expertise, and energy to support our mission and be a vital link between our organization and the members that support and are served by it. You will play a critical role in helping us to view issues through multiple dimensions—legal, financial, and managerial, as well as from the perspectives of public relations, communications, and professional development—and assist with the all-important working knowledge of the substantive, programmatic work of our organization, including the realization of Board-ratified strategic goals.

General Requirements for All AMS Board Directors

An AMS Board director:
  1. Shall be an active member in good standing of AMS.
  2. Shall affirm acceptance, endorsement, and promulgation of AMS by-laws and policies, including the Code of Ethics.
  3. Shall actively work to carry out the mission and strategic goals of AMS.
  4. Shall understand and accept all aspects of confidentiality during and after appointment periods.
  5. Shall have the willingness and ability to devote the time necessary to support board activities; this includes spending a minimum of 5 – 9 hours a week on board activities; traveling to 3-day board meetings 3 times a year, attending the AMS annual conference (held before or after 1 of the board meetings); and reading and responding to entries on the AMS online message board system at least once a week throughout the year.
  6. Shall be willing to volunteer time to support AMS-related activities (e.g., serve on at least one task force and/or committee or workgroup; work with staff and other volunteers on an AMS-related project).
  7. Shall not engage in activities that constitute a conflict of interest to board members. A board member shall be considered to have a conflict of interest in any vote or decision if there exists a possibility of personal gain as a result of such decisions.
  8. Shall agree not to represent self as a spokesperson of the board without the express authorization of the President.
  9. Shall attend all regular board meetings and teleconference meetings and come prepared to these meetings to actively participate in meeting discussions. (Currently there are 3, 3-day meetings, and it is suggested that 1 hour of preparation is required for each hour of actual meeting time).
  10. Shall have an understanding of the governance operations of a strategic planning and policymaking body.
  11. Shall have an understanding of the financial and fiduciary responsibility of the board to the Society membership.
  12. Shall be willing to participate through “give or get” to the AMS Annual Fund and/or other AMS fund-raising efforts, including the Springtime Fancy event held at the annual conference.
  13. Shall present themselves as directors loyal to AMS, while serving on the AMS Board of Directors.

Professional Directors


In addition to meeting the general requirements for all AMS Board members, nominees for professional director must be current members of AMS who are, or have been:

  • An AMS-credentialed teacher, or
  • A properly credentialed teacher educator employed by an AMS-affiliated teacher education program in good standing, or
  • A properly credentialed administrator in an AMS-member (associate or full member, or accredited) school in good standing.

To Apply:

  • Review the information above to make sure that you qualify. If you do, complete the application and e-mail it, along with a résumé or curriculum vitae, to the AMS Directorship Committee, by noon EDT, September 30, 2016*.
  • Download the application

*Please note: Upon successful receipt of your application form and résumé or curriculum vitae, AMS will send you a receipt confirmation e-mail. If you do not receive that confirmation, your submission has not been received and you must resubmit. If you still do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please contact AMS offices for assistance before the close of the application period.

Teacher Educators Section Positions

Why Serve the TES?

Serving TES gives you an opportunity to contribute your talent, time, and expertise as a vital part of AMS and the members that support and are served by your leadership. And there are many opportunities to serve:

Requirements for Chair of TES

In addition to meeting the general requirements for all AMS Board directors, nominees for chair of the Teacher Educators Section must:

  • Be a current director of an AMS full-affiliate TEP in good standing with AMS
  • Hold an AMS-recognized Montessori credential

Job Description (Chair)

  • Represents the interests of teacher educators and the AMS Teacher Education Action Commission (TEAC) as a member of the AMS Board of Directors
  • Assists the AMS office in arranging a track for teacher educators at the TES Annual Meeting and Professional Development Day prior to AMS annual conferences.
  • Serves as the TES representative to TEAC and participates in the commission’s work as a voting member.
  • Collaborates with the TEAC chair and reports regularly to the AMS Board and staff as well as the Teacher Educators Section.
  • Assists the AMS office in arranging a track for teacher educators at AMS conferences
  • Communicates with AMS-member teacher educators through such vehicles as the AMS on-line newsletter, periodic e-mails, and Montessori Life.
  • Hosts the Teacher Educators Networking Session at AMS conferences
  • Serves in the TEAC Policy and Standards Committee and TEAC Nominating Committee
  • Responsible for all TES correspondence.
  • Maintains appropriate records and passes them to the succeeding chair.

Requirements for TES Members at Large

  • AMS member in good standing
  • Active TES membership
  • Current or former director or core instructor of an AMS-affiliated TEP
  • Experience in AMS-affiliation and MACTE-accreditation processes
  • Able to attend at least two meetings per year

To Apply:

  • Review the information above to make sure that you qualify. If you do, complete the application and e-mail it, along with a résumé or curriculum vitae and a letter of intent, to Paloma Johnston by noon EDT, September 30, 2016.
  • Download the Application.

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