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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).


Deirdre Fennessy


Administrator Interim Coordinator

Deirdre Fennessy started her Montessori journey when her daughter attended a Montessori 3-6 program in Hawaii. She continued to learn more and more about Montessori as a parent, as a trained 6-12 teacher at the Whitby School where she also served as Director of Admissions and Parent Relations.  She then worked as the Head of School at the Burke Children’s Center and Associate Director of CMTE/NY training program. Her current position is as the founding Head of Golden Oak Montessori Charter School which she has led for 6 years.  After years of being in Montessori private schools in one capacity or another, she is energized and gratified by the reality of Montessori education in the public realm available to all children. Montessori has come full circle from where Maria Montessori started. Deirdre has had experience in both private and public Montessori schools, in teaching and administration, and brings her joy in creating harmonious school communities to CME|NY.

Deirdre has an M.Ed from Heritage College, a BA in 20th Century Art and Literature from New College, an AMS Administrator’s Credential from CMTE/NY and an AMS Elementary I-II (6-12) credential from CMTE/NY.


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.


Virginia Varga

VirginiaVargaInfant and Toddler  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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JULY 21, 2016

Keynote by Linda Lantieri, MA

"Waging PEACE in Our Schools"



Saturday, May 21, 2016

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Communication for Montessori Teachers

(Or How to Get Over Your Fear and Get on with Your Presentation!)

with Chief Dan Daly


Monday, July 11 – Wednesday, July 13, 2016

“Philosophy Overview for Directors”

Presented by Munir Shivji

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