AMS Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the policy-making body of the American Montessori Society. It is empowered to formulate policies and to amend the bylaws as needed to fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities and to ensure a vigorous future for the organization.


New directors are elected annually by AMS membership, helping to ensure that their voice is heard in the governance of our organization.

Meet Our Board

The AMS Board is comprised of dedicated professionals representing different constituencies and communities within the Montessori family. Their diverse experiences and expertise ensure that they play a vital role in the success and growth of the American Montessori Society. 

Executive Committee Directors

Amira D. Mogaji

President of the Board

District Transformation Coach, Battle Creek Public Schools, Battle Creek, MI

Hilary Green

Vice President of the Board and Chair of the Teacher Educators Section

Director, Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, Silver Spring, MD

Debbie Senoff-Langford

Treasurer of the Board

Head of School, Jarrow Montessori School, Boulder, CO

E. McCrae Harrison

Secretary of the Board and School Accreditation Commission Representative

Assistant to the Principal for Montessori, Montessori Academy at Christina, Wilmington, DE

Anita Hanks


Head of School, Starwood Montessori School, Frisco, TX

Munir Shivji

Munir Shivji

AMS Executive Director

Ex Officio

Board Member Directors

Aimee Allen,

Head of School, Harbor Montessori School, Gig Harbor, WA

Janet H. Bagby

Senior Lecturer, Department of Educational Psychology, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Geoffrey E. Bishop

Executive Director/Founder, Nature’s Classroom Institute and Montessori School, Mukwonago, WI

Sharon Damore

Montessori Consultant and Adjunct Faculty, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Thomas Emery

Family Representative

Upper Elementary Curriculum Coordinator and Upper Elementary Teacher, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, Brooklyn, NY

Luz Casquejo Johnston

Assistant Professor/Director of the Montessori Teacher Education Program, Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA

Nancy Lindeman

Montessori Inclusion Specialist & Educator, Salt Lake City, UT

Iana Phillips

Upper Elementary Teacher, Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School, Washington, DC

Candace Proctor

Chair of the Teachers Section

Lower Elementary Curriculum Coordinator, The Montessori Academy of Arlington, Arlington, TX

Mary Beth Ricks

Head of School, Bowman School, Palo Alto, CA