Archives: Team Staffs & Boards

Lynne Breitenstein-Aliberti

Lynne Breitenstein-Aliberti serves as AMI/USA’s Director of School and Member Operations, guiding the AMI Recognition Program and Memberships, and working with parents, administrators, teachers, trainers, trainees, and the wider educational community in addition to writing articles and historical records. Lynne also serves as a board member for public Montessori in Cleveland.

With

Read More +

Siobhan Juanita Brown (Keesuty8ee Elm)

Siobhan Juanita Brown (Keesuty8ee Elm) is from Roxbury, MA and is a citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. She lives on her ancestral homelands on the southern coast of Cape Cod. She holds a BFA in Performing Arts and African American studies from Emerson College and is a graduate of the A.R.T.

Read More +

Jon Churn

As Director of Innovation and Advancement, Jon spearheads innovations for the advancement of AMI/USA’s mission and objectives to serve our membership and Dr. Montessori’s vision. Jon is a passionate career Montessori educator and school leader with over 30 years of experience. He holds an AMI Elementary diploma from the Washington Montessori 

Read More +

Kazi Chad Dennis

Kazi Chad Dennis is the Office Manager/Bookstore Manager at AMI/USA. Kazi holds a bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies from Howard University. Kazi is passionate about History and Social Justice issues. Kazi wants AMI/USA staff, membership and the greater Montessori Community to know that his job is to support them with information

Read More +

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.

Read More +

Wendell Pierre

AMI/USA Finance Director, Wendell Pierre, possesses years of professional experience in both for profit and non-for-profit organizations. A graduate of University of Maryland with a Bachelors in Accounting, Wendell is currently pursuing his CPA. Wendell has built and led teams responsible for nearly all key functional groups in a finance organization

Read More +

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

Read More +

Tim Walker

Tim is the Virtual and Hybrid Events Director at AMI/USA. He is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and is responsible for managing the various AMI/USA online and in-person conferences, educational sessions and events. He also collaborates with partners to assist in executing their events when needed. Tim attended the University of

Read More +

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

Read More +

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

Read More +

Michelle Becka

Michelle Becka received her Primary Montessori Diploma from Montessori Northwest in 1997, and her MEd from Loyola University in the same year. After working with young children for 17 years in a classroom in beautiful Portland, Oregon, she entered the AMI Training of Trainers Programme. She

Read More +

Alva Waller Dial

Alva Waller Dial is Chief Executive Officer of Legal Resolutions Inc. (LRI), specializing in mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Alva spent over 20 years as a lawyer in the public sector, working as a trial attorney and later as staff and managing attorney for the Office

Read More +

Jordan Gordon

Jordan Gordon joined Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) in 2017 serving in several leadership roles; Area Supervisor, Director, Executive Director and currently, as the Chief Human Resources Officer leading the critical work of maintaining a high-capacity workforce dedicated to serving

Read More +

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,

Read More +

Tim Nee

Tim Nee is the Managing Director of the Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE) in Hartford, CT. Tim has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University of PA and did both his graduate degrees in Curriculum, Supervision and Administration from Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Read More +

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

Read More +

Frank Vincent

I received my AMI Elementary Diploma from Bergamo, Italy, in 1975 and have worked in Montessori schools ever since. 10 years teaching in Upper and Lower Elementary classrooms were followed by over 30 years of Montessori school administration in 3 public, 3 private, and 1 charter

Read More +