Archives: Team Staffs & Boards

Soraya Lallani

Soraya Lallani serves as Pedagogical Director of Consultation and Coaching for AMI/USA. In addition to providing pedagogical expertise, Soraya is responsible for overseeing the Recognition Program, the Coaching/Mentoring program, and will help guide AMI/USA with the forthcoming Global School Accreditation Program.

Soraya’s passion in facilitating societal change stems from an ardent belief

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Madison Courtney

Madison Courtney is the Director of Communications at AMI/USA, where her unique journey and experiences converge to contribute meaningfully to her role. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a specialization in child development from Georgetown College, Madison’s academic foundation paved the way for her role as a Montessori educator,

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Lynne Breitenstein-Aliberti

Lynne Breitenstein-Aliberti serves as AMI/USA’s Director of School and Member Operations guiding the AMI Recognition Program and supporting our Membership. In this role, Lynne works with parents, administrators, teachers, trainers, trainees, and consultants, in addition to the wider educational community. Lynne also serves as a board member for public Montessori in

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Kazi Chad Dennis

Kazi Chad Dennis is the Office and 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

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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 a 2021 Montessori Core Principle

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Tim Walker

Tim Walker is the 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 Akron and

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Sheri Bishop

Sheri received her AMI Elementary diploma in 2014 from the Montessori Institute of Atlanta, her M.Ed. from Loyola University of Baltimore in 2015, and her AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Institute of North Texas in 2022. After eight years of classroom experience, she founded Catalyze Consulting, LLC. She currently assumes her

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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.

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Frank Vincent

Frank Vincent received the AMI Elementary Diploma from Bergamo, Italy, in 1975 and has 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

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