Archives: Team Staffs & Boards

Sarah Kozicki

Sarah is the Director of Communications and Digital Strategy at AMI/USA, responsible for managing the online bookstore and developing AMI/USA’s membership communications, including the e-news, journal, and directory. She also maintains the AMI/USA website and social media accounts. Prior to joining AMI/USA, she worked in communications and program development in the

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Lynne Breitenstein-Aliberti

Lynne Breitenstein-Aliberti is the Director of School and Member Operations, guiding the AMI Recognition Program and the process of Memberships for AMI/USA. With over 25 years of experience within the Montessori community, she has personally witnessed the power that Montessori education has to create a more peaceful world. In her previous

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Janet McDonell

Janet McDonell is Pedagogical Director of Consultation and Coaching at AMI/USA. She has been Director of Primary Training at the Washington Montessori Institute since 1994, following an extensive career in Montessori schools throughout the U.S., working with children of widely varied backgrounds. Janet also holds AMI Elementary and Special Education diplomas.

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Barbara Williams

Barbara Williams joined the Montessori Center of Minnesota in 2018 as the Director of Outreach Programs. She is one of the founding Board members of Cornerstone Montessori Elementary from 2010- 2011 and was a member of the board of trustees for the Montessori Center of

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Dallas Nelson

Dallas Nelson is an Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Dallas and his wife Emily Charging Crow-Nelson have four children and reside in the Red Cloud Community on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He currently serves as the Director of the Lakota Language & Education

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Jacqui Miller

Jacqui Miller completed her AMI Elementary training in the early ‘90s and now approaches the work through her intersectionality as a Montessorian of Color, a public sector practitioner, a social justice advocate, and a champion of adolescents. After working with elementary children for four years,

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Michele Shane

Michele Shane is the Head of School at The Children’s House in Traverse City Michigan where she has worked for 21 years. Michele completed her AMI Primary training in 1998 from the Montessori Institute Northwest in Portland, OR. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle,

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Durkin Ledgard

Durkin Ledgard practices law, and consults on energy, infrastructure and transportation issues. He served as Chief Legal, Commercial & Administrative Officer of BPZ Resources, Inc., a publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production company focusing on Latin America. Mr. Ledgard also served BPZ as Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer.

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Connie Black

Connie Black is Director of Training for the Montessori Training Center Northeast Boston Satellite Course. She holds a B.A. in English and Theatre from the University of Tennessee Martin as well as a M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland. Connie is an AMI Trainer, guest lecturer, examiner both nationally and internationally, and AMI/USA consultant. She serves

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KaLinda Bass-Barlow

KaLinda Bass-Barlow joined the AMI USA board July 1, 2018. KaLinda Bass-Barlow serves in the Kansas City Public Schools District in Kansas City, Missouri.  She holds an AMI Primary Diploma, Montessori Core Principles Certificate, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (K-12), M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education (Montessori Concentration), BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and

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Mary Levy

Mary Levy, Head of School at Mountain View Montessori School in Reno, Nevada, brings a unique combination of experiences to the Board. Mary has worked in Montessori for the last eighteen years, the past twelve at Mountain View Montessori. Prior to her Montessori experience, Mary worked in banking and business. Mary

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Sheri Bishop

After watching the social, emotional and academic growth of her sons during their Montessori Children’s House experiences, Sheri Bishop decided that the Montessori approach was the best way to educate her sons beyond primary school. Both of her children attended Montessori schools during most of their school careers. Though

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Ayize Sabater

Ayize Sabater is a dynamic entrepreneur, educational researcher, author and thirty year educational visionary. He earned his doctorate at Morgan State University in 2018. Dr. Ayize has co-founded several organizations, including a Montessori Public Charter school in D.C.. He received his a 2021 Montessori Core Principle and a

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