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Blair Jennings

jenningsBlair Jennings is a writer, public speaker and mom. Blair is an AMS-certified Montessori Early Child Educator who has shared her passion for Montessori with children and adults in a variety of settings, including Montessori schools, teacher in-service trainings and workshops, corporate day care centers, child advocacy agencies and more. She joined the CME|NY faculty in 2008. Blair is a presenter in the Early Childhood program.


Mary Ellen Kordas


Mary Ellen Kordas is the former Head of School at Valley Montessori School in Livermore, CA completing a 33 year career in 2011. The school was the first AMS accredited school in California providing an educational setting for 500 students from infant to eighth grade. She holds a degree in Business Management from St. Mary's College in California.   Mary Ellen also holds a certificate from California State University Program in Nonprofit Management and an AMS Montessori Administrator's Credential as well as a Program Director Credential from the California Commission on Teaching.  She has consulted with numerous Montessori schools throughout the country.  She is an elected member of the American Montessori Society International Board of Directors, serves on the Executive Committee, and is the current Treasurer.  She was awarded the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010 from the Women's Initiative for innovation in a nonprofit organization. Mary Ellen provides extraordinary visionary leadership to the Montessori community.  She is a presenter for CME|NY’s Administrator Course.


Lisa Lubin

lubinLisa Lubin has been in involved in Montessori education since1992 and has been a faculty member of CME|NY since 2000.  Lisa holds a certificate in Educational Resources and Special Needs from Niagara College, a B.A. in English Education and a Masters Degree in Education (Foundations & Teaching) from Niagara University where she was an adjunct professor.  She has an AMS Early Childhood and Elementary I credentials (CMTE/NY).  Lisa currently works in an Elementary classroom at Wheatley School of Montessori Education in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. She presents CME|NY’s Early Childhood Language Curriculum and is a field consultant and mentor.


Biff Maier


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.


Annalea Matthews

Annalea Matthews has been involved in Montessori education since 1986 and is a Montessori directress at Wheatley School of Montessori Education in St. Catharines. Annalea joined the CME|NY faculty in 2003 and is currently the Math presenter. She holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education (Niagara College) and an AMI Early Childhood credential. Annalea works as a field consultant and mentor for the Early Childhood program.


Jennifer Matthews

jennifer_mJen has been a Montessori educator since 2010. She joined the CMENY team after receiving her AMS Early Childhood credential in 2013. Prior to her work in early childhood education, Jen earned her M.A. in Literacy Education (birth-6th) from New York University and a B.S. in Elementary Education, with a minor in English, from Boston University.  Jen currently teaches at Cambridge Montessori.





Nancy Mehalic

MehalicNancy Mehalic has been involved with Montessori education since 1985. She has worked with assistant training, intern supervision, consulting, and teacher training. She has also given workshop classes at PAEYC conventions and AMS conferences to explain the Montessori Method to teachers in traditional preschool settings as well as Montessori educators. Nancy has taught in several schools in the Pittsburgh area.  In September 2007, Nancy opened her own school, Montessori Schools for Creative Learning in Moon Township, PA. She is presently the owner and directress of the school. Nancy has a B.S. in elementary education (Penn State University) and holds an AMS 3-6 credential (CMTE/NY). She is a presenter for CME|NY's Early Childhood program.


Dane L. Peters


Dane Peters is the Administrator for the New York State Association of Independent School’s (NYSAIS) Experienced Leaders Advising Schools (ELAS) program.

He recently retired as head of Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, a Toddler through 8th grade school in Brooklyn, New York.  Prior to heading BHMS for eleven years, he served as head of Mooreland Hill School in Connecticut for eleven years. 

Among his thirty-eight years teaching and coaching in independent school education, ten were served in boarding schools.  A Klingenstein Fellow and former lecturer and graduate student Field Coach at the Klingenstein Center, Dane served as Director of the New England New Teachers Seminar, on the faculty of the NAIS New Heads Institute, and as a mentor with the NAIS/E.E. Ford Fellowship for Aspiring Heads. He also served as the Director of NYSAIS Beginning Teachers Institute; served on the Experienced Teachers Institute; and chaired the Professional Development Committee and the Council for Professional Learning and Collaboration for NYSAIS. He has chaired many accreditation visiting committees for both NYSAIS and the CT Association of Independent Schools.

He has served on ten non-profit boards, three as president and two as head of school.  He recently served as a Secretary on the NYSAIS Board of Trustees and the Treasurer of the American Montessori Society (AMS) Board of Directors where he is currently serving as the Vice President.  Dane is a presenter for CME|NY’s Course for Montessori School Management and Leadership (CMSM).

His articles have appeared in Education Week; NAIS’s Independent Teacher (currently serves on the Editorial Board), Independent School (served as chair of the Editorial Board), and The Savvy Trustee Newsletter; Montessori Life (currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board), M: The Magazine for Montessori Families, Montessori Leadership, Parents’ League Review, Public School Montessorian (where he has a regular column), Teaching Children Mathematics, The Head’s Letter, and The Trustees Letter.  You can read many of his articles on his blog,


Kathy Roemer


Dr. Kathy Roemer, past president of the American Montessori Society (AMS), has over 29 years experience as a Montessori teacher, director and consultant.  She joined the AMS Board of Directors in 2006 and has served as the vice president of the Board of Directors since 2008 and president from 2011-13.   Dr. Roemer was a charter member of the AMS School Accreditation Commission, and chaired the Commission for four years.


She began her career as an educator in 1985 when she was researching a preschool for one of her sons. After learning about the Montessori method, she realized it was a perfect match for her family—and a perfect match for her career ambitions.

Dr. Roemer earned a Doctorate in education from the University of Memphis; a Masters degree in Montessori education from Christian Brothers University in Memphis; and a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Temple University in Philadelphia. She is certified as an early childhood director and holds a certificate for advanced professional education from the AMS. She is also a licensed NYS teacher for birth to 2nd grade.

From 1995 to 2004, she held the position of Head of School at Lamplighter Montessori School in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Roemer joined Twin Parks Montessori Schools in August 2004, as the executive director and has grown Twin Parks into the largest accredited Montessori program in Manhattan and the only infant toddler program in New York State to be accredited by both the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools (MSCES).  She is a presenter for CME|NY’s Administrator Course.


Marisa Rae

Marisa Rae is an AMS certified Infant and Toddler specialist (CMTE/NY) from Ithaca, NY. She served as the Head Teacher in the Montessori Children's Center Toddler community from 2004 to 2008, when she left to give birth to her son. She joined Ithaca Montessori in Ithaca, NY in 2009 and remained until 2011, with the birth of her daughter.  Marisa has a B.A. from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She has worked with children in varying capacities for over two decades. She mentored, tutored, and counseled with the Sisters of Mercy Outreach program and Project Upward Bound and finds considerable inspiration in her at home Infant/Toddler/ Primary Lab. Marisa does consulations with Infant and Toddler programs.


Nancy Rose

Nancy Rose is the Executive Director of New England Early Childhood Associates (NEECA) an organization providing a variety of outreach services to individuals and organizations serving young children and their families in the New England area.  In addition to a BA in distributed studies, Nancy Rose holds a Masters degree in special education and teaching certificates from both the American Montessori Society and the Association Montessori Internationale. She has served as a faculty member and has been a guest lecturer at several colleges, universities and teacher training programs and has been involved in all facets of early childhood education for more than 40 years.

Nancy has conducted numerous  professional and parent workshops. She serves as a consultant to teachers, school systems and local community agencies and has served as a board member of the Rhode Island Association for the Education of Young Children, the American Montessori Society and the Rocky Mountain Montessori Teachers Association. She was a co-founder and academic director of the Montessori Teacher Training Program of the Rockies and a co-founder of the AMS Peace Committee. Nancy is a consultant for CME|NY.


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