Board-Nominated Slate

Each year, the Board-Nominated Slate contains individuals who ensure that the AMS Board includes persons with expertise in needed specialties. In 2020, 3 individuals are on the slate. Members can vote to either:

  • Approve all 3 candidates or
  • Not approve all 3 candidates

The slate will take office in July 2020. 

Meet the Candidates

On Monday, April 6, individuals running for office gathered virtually for a public “Meet the Candidates” forum, moderated by AMS vice president, Amira Mogaji. You can watch it here.

Tommy Emery

Thomas Emery, MSEd

Upper Elementary Curriculum Coordinator and Upper Elementary Teacher, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School Brooklyn, NY
AMS-credentialed (Elementary II)
On the slate as: Family Representative

“My name is Tommy Emery. I am a proud parent of two Montessori teenagers and serve as the Upper Elementary Curriculum Coordinator at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School. I seek to serve the AMS Board of Directors as the Parent Family Representative. I work with parents on strategic planning, party planning, and annual fund committees. I am a member of the first cohort of Emerging Leaders. I’m comfortable and enthusiastic about working with a diverse group of people. I love what I do because I get to work with children, teachers, administrators, and parents. I am comfortable doing so by being respectful and working with integrity. I have a strong record of developing and maintaining positive relationships with colleagues, even when the conversation has been difficult. I see AMS fostering new voices and strategies that encourage our collaboration as well as reimagining Montessori to its fullest potential.”

Watch my video  |  View my résumé

Anita Hanks

Anita Hanks, MEd (Incumbent)

Head of School, Starwood Schools, Frisco, TX
AMS-credentialed (Early Childhood and Administrator)
On the slate as: Professional Director

“As a second-generation Montessori school owner of Starwood Schools and founder of the North Texas Montessori Institute (an AMS-affiliated and MACTE-accredited teacher education program), I have current firsthand experience with the wins and challenges schools face. And as a Montessori child, guide, active head of school, TEP instructor, and Montessori parent, I understand the power of Montessori and the need for every child to have access to high fidelity Montessori environments. AMS is the key to promoting a sustainable path for Montessori.  In my first term as an AMS Board member, I served on and chaired multiple committees. Working alongside my Board colleagues, AMS members, and staff, my focus will continue to be supporting the organization’s mission, vision, and values through our strategic initiatives. I look forward to continuing the work I have started with a second term.”

Watch my video  |  View my résumé

Hilary Green

Hilary Green (Incumbent)

Director, Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, Silver Spring, MD
AMS-credentialed (Elementary I)
On the slate as: Chair of Teacher Educators Section

“I have had the privilege of serving on the AMS Board of Directors as the Chair of the Teacher Educators Section. In this role, I have had the chance to work with TEAC to continue to focus on best practices and quality in Montessori teacher education.  I have also had the chance to connect with other teacher education programs and directors through the Montessori Teacher Educators Day, offered annually prior to The Montessori Event. Through this event, the teacher education community has had the chance to learn and grow, and challenge ourselves to think about what is best for our teacher education programs and, ultimately, the children in the schools. I look forward to continuing this work and helping to ensure that we continue to raise the bar and focus on quality for all teacher education programs.”

Hilary Green is running as Chair of the Teacher Educators Section.

Watch my video  |  View my résumé


Individual members will receive an email on March 10, 2020, with a unique link to access the ballot. Member schools and AMS-affiliated teacher education programs will also receive an email with a link. It will go to their organization email address. The last day to vote is Friday, April 13, 2020, 4:00 PM ET.

Individual members: Every current individual member has 1 vote (to either Approve or Not Approve) the Board-Nominated Slate.

Organizational members: Every member school, and every AMS-affiliated TEP, has 1 vote (to either Approve or Not Approve) the Board-Nominated Slate on behalf of the entire organization, including satellites and/or additional levels/locations.