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Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch Pioneering Award

Through the annual Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch Pioneering Award, the American Montessori Society recognizes individuals who have made significant advances in raising the profile of Montessori education. The award is named in honor of education visionary and pioneer Nancy McCormick Rambusch, whose vigorous efforts to bring Montessori to America, garner public appreciation for it, and create the American Montessori Society, were vital to the the growth of the Montessori Movement and the founding of AMS.

2018 Award Recipient: Marlene Barron

Marlene Barron Dr Nancy McCormick Rambusch Pioneering Award RecipientDr. Marlene Barron is associate dean and director of research and development at Shanghai Montessori Education Academy in Shanghai, China. She has served AMS in many ways, including as president and treasurer of our Board of Directors.

Marlene earned her AMS Early Childhood credential under Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch, kicking off a 50-year career in Montessori education that has encompassed roles as Montessori school founder, executive director, and head; teacher educator and teacher education program initiator and director; and international consultant and presenter. A regular presenter for AMS, Marlene delivered a keynote address on “Montessori: The Next Hundred Years” during our Montessori centennial conference in 2007.

She has published numerous articles and books, for parents and teachers alike. With Jesmine Lok, she is co-author of 4 "Montessori Starts at Home" books in China.

Among other honors that she has received, Marlene has twice been awarded the Wisdom of the Elders Award by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education.

Her international work has taken her to Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America. In Asia, Marlene has worked to develop the Montessori Asia Coalition as well as AMS teacher education programs. She has also worked with teacher educators in the Russian Federation to offer a MACTE-accredited course affiliated by AMS.

Marlene currently divides her time between Beijing and New York City.

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