AMS Announcements, Awards & News
Find out what’s happening at the American Montessori Society and in our community.
American Montessori Society Hires New Executive Director
JUNE 8, 2020—It is with great excitement and pleasure that the Board of Directors of the American Montessori Society announces the hire of Munir Shivji as our new executive director, effective Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
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JUNE 19, 2020—We recognize the Juneteenth holiday by acknowledging how far we have come and how far we have left to go. We understand that all lives cannot matter until Black lives matter and we invite you to join us as we stand against systemic racism and bigotry.
Black Lives Matter: A Message from the AMS Board President
JUNE 1, 2020—The protests across the globe this week following the murder of George Floyd are an urgent reminder that we must constantly examine how racism shapes our institutions and identify ways to dismantle and disrupt racism. This includes our Montessori schools and teacher education programs.
Farewell and Thank You to Richard A. Ungerer, Interim Executive Director
MAY 29, 2020—Rich Ungerer, who came out of retirement earlier this year to serve AMS as interim executive director, has now completed his work with us. We extend deep thanks to him for stepping up to help our organization through a critical transition period.
Election Results: AMS Board of Directors
MAY 22, 2020—See the results of the AMS Board of Directors elections. These leaders will be welcomed to the board in July 2020.
American Montessori Society Seeks New Executive Director
ORIGINAL PUBLICATION: APRIL 9, 2020. UPDATED: JUNE 9, 2020. This position has been filled and the application process is now closed.
Announcing the AMS 2021 Living Legacy: Biff Maier
APRIL 6, 2020—We are proud to announce the AMS 2021 Living Legacy, William “Biff” Maier, who has proudly championed Montessori for 47 years. Learn about his journey and legacy.
A Letter from the AMS Board of Directors
MARCH 29, 2020—Every day we see clear evidence of how the AMS community has risen to the challenges set before us. We know the profound impact you are having on the lives of Montessori children and adult learners, serving as personal examples of leadership and integrity in a time of crisis, and continuing your role as compassionate educators dedicated to the work of Dr. Maria Montessori.
Announcing the AMS Executive Director Search Committee
MARCH 26, 2020—The American Montessori Society is embarking on a search for a new executive director. This is a position that Richard A. Ungerer has held in an interim capacity since February 1, 2020.
American Montessori Society 2020 Recognition Awards
MARCH 18, 2020—AMS recognition awards honor individuals who have made exceptional contributions to our organization and the Montessori Movement. We offer our congratulations to the 2020 recipients, and profound thanks for all that they have so selflessly accomplished in pursuit of our shared mission to build a better world through Montessori.