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Susan Kambrich


Susan Kambrich has served as Head of School at Woodland Hill Montessori School since 2000. She has been a Montessori educator since 1989 and was Lower Elementary Head Teacher at the Montessori School of Albany from 1995-2000.

While at MSA, she has served as Elementary Educational Coordinator, Teacher Board Representative, and as Interim Head before becoming Head of School in 2000. Susan also taught as an Upper Elementary teacher at Hudson Montessori School in Ohio, and as a Primary teacher at Woodland Montessori School in Madison, Wisconsin. She has taught public school kindergarten and a toddler program, and taught at a Montessori summer program at Fairbanks Montessori in Alaska. 

Susan has a Master’s of Education degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University, and a certificate of advanced studies as School Building Leader from the College of Saint Rose. Susan trained to be a Montessori teacher at Washington Montessori Institute in Washington, DC. She is AMI Montessori certified to teach ages 6-12, AMS certified as a Montessori Administrator (CME|NY) and is New York State certified as a principal.

Susan serves on several boards including NYSAIS, American Montessori Society, the HVCC Teacher Education Advisory, and the Albany Institute of History and Art. Susan is also Treasurer of NYSAIS and is Chair of the Heads of Schools Section for AMS. She has presented at regional and national Montessori conferences and serves on Accreditation Teams for Middle States of Colleges and Schools, NYSAIS and AMS.  Susan is a presenter for CME|NY’s Administrator Course.


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.


Claudia Mann


Claudia Mann completed her Montessori training at Xavier University with a Masters degree in Education at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education/ NY and the Houston Montessori Center. After more than 20 years as a Montessori guide in schools from Ohio, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, Claudia and her husband, also a Montessorian, founded the Chaffee County Montessori School in Salida, CO in 2007. Throughout the years, Claudia has worked as a teacher trainer and field consultant for the Center for Montessori Teacher Education/New York, Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program, and Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. She has had two leadership fellowships: the Temple Hoyne Buell Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship and the Get Smart Schools/Catapult Leadership Fellowship.  Claudia is Head of School of LePort School Encinitas.  She is a field consultant for CME|NY’s Administrator Course.


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.


Lillian Moncada-Davidson, Phd

lillianmoncadadavidson1Dr. Lillian Moncada-Davidson is Founder of the Hilda Rothschild Foundation (HRF) and Professor in the sociology of education at Queens College of the City University of New York. As a “teacher of teachers”, she donates her time and knowledge providing service to women and children living in conditions of poverty in El Salvador. Today she directs the establishment of initial and pre-school education with a focus on Montessori, as well as providing training for teachers and mother educators.  Lillian presents to the CME|NY Infant and Toddler cohort a session on Montessori in the Third World.


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 Administrator Course.

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.


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