AMS Announcements, Awards & News
Find out what’s happening at the American Montessori Society and in our community.
Change in Leadership at the American Montessori Society
JANUARY 21, 2020—Effective February 1, 2020, Richard A. Ungerer will assume the position of AMS Interim Executive Director. The change comes in the wake of the resignation of AMS CEO, Dr. Timothy Purnell. Many in the community know Rich from his previous service as AMS ED (2005 – 2017).
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AMS Sees You—ALL of You
JANUARY 21, 2019—AMS board and staff leadership enter this new year with a strengthened commitment to being a model for and ensuring the advancement of principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Applications Sought for AMS Board of Directors
NOVEMBER 9, 2018—If you are an energetic and engaged member of the AMS community and would like to deepen your commitment and involvement, we invite you to apply for our Board of Directors.
In Memoriam: John J. McDermott (1932 – 2018)
NOVEMBER 8, 2018—Professor John J. McDermott, 86, died Sunday, September 30, 2018. McDermott was a distinguished philosopher and educator who has been credited as the creator of the American Montessori Movement.
Open Positions at AMS
OCTOBER 26, 2018—AMS has several new positions open at our NYC office, and we are seeking new thought partners to fill them.
AMS Statement on Jeff Bezos's Initiative to Create Montessori-Inspired Schools
SEPTEMBER 14, 2018—We are thrilled to see the news of Jeff Bezos’s $2 billion charitable initiatives—the Day One Families Fund and Day One Academies—to fund existing non-profits that help homeless families and to launch high-quality, full-scholarship, Montessori-inspired preschools in historically under-resourced communities.
Meet Your AMS Board President and Vice President
AUGUST 17, 2018—Representing various constituencies of the Montessori community, board members determine AMS policy and guide the organization on matters related to mission, vision, values, and strategic goals. They play an integral role in the American Montessori Society, and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce 2 of them to you: our President and Vice President, with whom I consult frequently.
AMS Awards $3,000 in Research Mini-Grants
JULY 11, 2019—AMS Mini-Grants are intended to encourage research that brings fresh insight to Montessori education. We congratulate the Spring 2018 recipients: Sarah Hassebroek, Sarah Hassebroek, and Hanako Shimamura.
AMS Awards $71,200 in Teacher Education Scholarships
JUNE 30, 2018—Every year, the American Montessori Society awards teacher education scholarships to aspiring Montessori teachers in support of their professional growth. For the 2018 – 2019 academic year, we awarded 24 scholarships totaling $71, 200.