Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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Each coordinator works with their team of presenters to ensure that your course delivers what we promise. 


Pat Coffey

PatCoffeyEarly Childhood Coordinator

Pat Coffey has been in Montessori Education since 1985.  She has taught in the Early Childhood program, served as Program Director, Curriculum Coordinator and Upper Elementary Language Arts teacher at the Montessori School of Anderson in South Carolina.  She has been a faculty member of  CME|NY since 2002  working as a field consultant and in student services.  Pat holds a B.S. in Human Resources and Services (Anderson University), M.Ed., Curriculum Instruction and Assessment (Walden University), an Early Childhood credential (CMTE/NY) and is completing her Elementary II credential (CME|NY).


Marie M. Dugan

MarieDuganCourse for School Management and Leadership (CMSM)

Marie M. Dugan was the Interim Executive Director of the American Montessori Society in 2004. Former AMS President and Board Member for 13 years, Marie was Head of the Wilmington (DE) Montessori School for 25 years. She served on Middle States Accreditation Commission Board, former AMS Accreditation Commission member and Chair of the AMS School Heads Section. She currently chairs the AMS Centennial Campaign Committee, the  Archives Committee and the Keynote Committee for the 2007 Centennial Conference.  She is a co-representative to the United Nations and an Educational Consultant for AMS and CMTE/NY. Marie was honored as the 2009 AMS Living Legacy.


Judy Joynt

judy-joyntInfant and Toddler Field Consultant Supervisor 

Judy Joynt has been involved with Montessori education since 1979, having taught for 14 years before joining CMTE/NY. Teaching positions included Hudson Country School, New Rochelle, NY and Berjan School, Mamaroneck, NY.  Judy received her Infant and Toddler AMS credential in 1991 from CMTE/NY and has been a member of the staff since 1997.  She is presently the Infant and Toddler Practicum Phase Coordinator and Field Consultant as well as an instructor in the program.  Judy has a B.A. in Elementary Education (University of Arizona), and M.Ed. (College of New Rochelle) in Special Education.


Biff Maier

BiffMaierCMSM Presenter

Biff Maier is Director of Faculty and Curriculum Development at Lexington Montessori School, Lexington, MA, where he also teaches upper elementary students. Involved with Montessori since 1974, Biff is an AMS seminar presenter and consultant, and was formerly chair of the Teachers’ Section and a member of the AMS National Board of Directors.  He has a B.A. in psychology (Duke University) and an M.A. in education, AMS Early Childhood and Elementary 6-9 credentials (Xavier University), and an AMI 6-12 credential (Bergamo, Italy). Biff is the proud parent of two Montessori graduates.


Beverly Smith

beverlysmithCourse for School Management and Leadership (CMSM) Associate Coordinator

Beverly Smith, CMSM Coordinator, is currently the Head of School at Acorn Montessori School in Lebanon, NJ. She worked at the Washington Montessori School (New Preston, CT), from 1992 to 2012 as a middle school educator, as well as the Specials’ Coordinator and Programs Director.  She is also the Vice President of NJMAC. She holds a B.S. in Education (Central Connecticut State University), an M.A. in counseling (St. Joseph’s College), an AMS Middle School credential (School of the Woods in Houston) and an AMS Management credential. Beverly has been working in the CMSM program since 2001.

Virginia Varga

VirginiaVargaInfant and Toddler Coordinator and Core Curriculum Presenter

Virginia Varga, Ph.D., is founder and former Director of Gloria Dei Montessori School in Dayton, OH. Ginny is an internationally known Infant and Toddler specialist. She began the first Montessori Toddler Class in the U.S. in 1966. A member of the school consultation team of AMS since 1966, she served on the AMS National Board of Directors from 1964-1972. She has a B.S. in education (University of Dayton), AMS/AMI Primary credentials (Greenwich) and an AMS Infant and Toddler credential. Ginny was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame. In 1999, she received an Honorary Ph.D. from the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH.


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