Michele Shane, President
Head of School, The Children’s House
Traverse City, Michigan, USA
Michele was raised on Orcas Island in Washington State. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington, AMI Primary diploma from Montessori Institute Northwest and her MEd from Loyola College in Baltimore MD. She relocated to Traverse City, MI in 1998 and begin working at The Children’s House as a Primary Guide and in 2005 became Head of School. Michele attributes her connection to Montessori education to being in the right place at the right time, as she learned about Montessori while living in Sun Valley ID and nannying for a family whose children attended a Montessori school there. Michele enjoys running, biking, reading and being on the water. She is married and has two children, both who attend The Children’s House.
Head of School, Arbor Montessori School
Decatur, Georgia, USA
Jan is the Founder and Coordinator of Arbor Montessori School's Adolescent Program, established in 1996. She received her AMI elementary diploma from the Washington Montessori Institute and has over twenty years experience as a lower elementary, upper elementary, and adolescent program guide. Jan has also served as Vice-President and President of the Montessori Administrators Group of Georgia.
Head of School, Oak Knoll Kinderhaus Montessori
Pasadena, California, USA
George holds a BA in Sociology, and an MBA from Northwestern. He spent the first portion of his career in professional development, working primarily with small business owners. Eventually, George joined the Montessori community, working first as the Executive Director of a Montessori school in the Midwest and now as HoS at Oak Knoll. A passionate Montessorian, George is a past Illinois (AIMS) state board member, and currently does consulting for AMS on the national level.
High School Director, The Post Oak School
Houston, Texas, USA
Prior to joining The Post Oak School, James served as the Director of Administrative Affairs and founding staff member at Montessori High School at University Circle in Cleveland, Ohio. James has worked in Montessori adolescent programs since 1999 as a teacher, program coordinator, administrator, and soccer coach. He has presented at the North American Montessori Teachers Association's Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies and has spoken on Montessori program design and community-centered education nationally and internationally. He is dedicated to Montessori education, and he and his wife (also Montessori trained) have three children. James attributes his decision to work in Montessori education to his parents who sent him and his brother to Montessori school. James has a master's degree in Montessori education, holds the AMI Primary Diploma, and a B.A. in mathematics, philosophy, and psychology. James enjoys home renovations and snow. His three children attend The Post Oak School.
Executive Director, Bergamo Montessori School
Sacramento, California, USA
Matt is the Executive Director of the Bergamo Schools, the oldest accredited Montessori program in the greater Sacramento area. His job role focuses on organizational development, training, admissions and strategic growth. He developed and continues to manage MariaMontessori.com, one of the highest trafficked Montessori information sites in the world. Matt has a Bachelor's Degree in History from the University of California at Davis and a Montessori Primary diploma from the American Montessori Society.
Principal, Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School
Denver, Colorado, USA
Katy is the founding principal of Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School (DMHS), a performance and innovation school within Denver Public Schools. Prior to creating DMHS, Katy was a founding parent of Compass Montessori School, which is a pre-k through 12th grade public charter school in Jefferson County, Colorado. At Compass, Katy served in administration for 10 years including head of school for 6 years. Katy has also been involved in the national Montessori secondary movement for the last twelve years. She is trained in Montessori elementary (AMI) and Montessori adolescent education (NAMTA) and earned a MEd in education leadership and administration at Arizona State University.
Head of School, Greensboro Montessori School
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Paul has thirty years of experience in Montessori education. Twenty-five years experience in educational leadership of Montessori schools. Montessori trained and certified at primary, elementary and middle school levels. Seventeen years of Montessori teaching experience; two years in middle school, six years in elementary and nine years in early childhood. He took on his post as Head of School at GMS in 2014.
Head of School, eBridge Montessori School
Westborough, Massachusetts, USA
Jin graduated from Tsinghua University (清华大学) in Beijing, China with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature. She holds a master’s degree from UMASS Amherst in computer science and a master’s degree from University of Scranton in software engineering. Ms. Huang worked as a principal software engineer in computer companies before she became an educator.
After her daughter was born, Ms. Huang became fascinated with children and their development, which fueled her passion to dedicate her life to education. She believes that a high quality early childhood education is fundamental and crucial to every child. She took master’s level courses in early childhood education, and successfully completed AMI (Association Montessori International) 3-6 primary training. She founded eBridge Montessori School in 2005 and has worked diligently to build the best possible authentic Montessori school. Her dream is that someday every child will benefit from Montessori education.
Ms. Huang lives with her husband and two children. She loves music, reading, cooking, knitting, skiing, swimming, playing TaiChi, and traveling with her family and friends.
Head of School, Discovery Garden School
Springfield, Missouri, USA
Cynthia is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico. After finishing high school she studied a two year course in Montessori Elementary (6-12) in her hometown, giving her a Diploma accredited by the Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. She then decided to move to El Paso, TX. There she earned a B.A. in Psychology, while working full time as an elementary Montessori teacher at “Montessori in the Orchard” in La Union, NM. When she got married she moved to Atlanta, GA, where she got to work for the Children Protection Services as a social worker. She then moved to Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, where she taught a 6-12 year old elementary Montessori class for another 2 years. She then decided to be a homemaker and mom for a couple of years. When she moved to Springfield in 2009 she got involved with the DGMS project and was part of the founding Board of Directors. Before working for DGMS she used to work on the weekends for Lakeland Behavioral Hospital, where she got to work first hand with the children in the hospital. In August of 2011 she took the Head of School position. She served as our Elementary Directress for two years, and after training to receive her Early Childhood certification from AMS in the summer of 2014, she served as the Primary and Sunflower Primary Directress in 2014-2015. She enjoys playing with her kids, reading and jewelry making.
Head of School, Adams Montessori School
Quincy, Massachusetts, USA
Rosine started as head of school in 2004. She pioneered the elementary program at Adams Montessori School in 2001. Prior to teaching elementary, she enjoyed six years as a teacher at the primary level both at Adams Montessori and at Petersham Montessori School in central Massachusetts. Rosine holds A.M.I primary and elementary diplomas from Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Canada respectively. She also holds her M.Ed. from Loyola University in Maryland. Rosine offers parenting classes and consults at various schools throughout North America She serves on the school's board of directors, on the board of directors of the Montessori Administrator's Assocation, and is treasurer of the board of the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts. In her spare time, Rosine spends time renovating her 1815 farmhouse in central Massachusetts.