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

Chief Academic Officer, City Garden Montessori School, St. Louis, MO

Hilary Green

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

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

Susan Kambrich

Treasurer of the Board

Head of School, Woodland Hill Montessori School, Rensselaer, NY

E. McCrae Harrison

Secretary of the Board, School Accreditation Commission

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

Sandra Marie Stevenson


Assistant Editor, Photography Department, the New York Times, New York, NY

Munir Shivji

AMS Executive Director

Ex Officio

Board Member Directors

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

Gary Bowman

Former Executive Director/Superintendent of California Montessori Project, Carmichael, CA (2004 – 2019)

Sharon Damore

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

Anita Hanks

Head of School, Starwood Montessori School, Frisco, TX

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

Candace Proctor

Chair of the Teachers Section

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

Debbie Senoff-Langford

Chair of the Heads of Schools Section

Head of School, Jarrow Montessori School, Boulder, CO