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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 Field Consultant amd frequent presenter for CME|NY, including as a level session presenter at the Pathways Conference.


Munir Shivji


Munir Shivji


A second-generation Montessorian with a decade-long record of service to the national Montessori and local Texas community, Munir Shivji is a passionate advocate of Montessori education and community service. He serves as Executive Director for The Institute of Montessori Education and Head of The Innovative School both in Houston, TX. He is also a key consultant for Educational Training & Consulting (ETC Montessori) traveling nationally guiding Montessori schools, administrators and training teachers. He currently serves as a Professional Director on the board of the American Montessori Society and is the chairman of the AMS Development Committee. Munir has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, an AMS Early Childhood Credential (HMC) and an AMS Montessori Administrator Credential (CME|NY). Munir's life passion is to use Montessori philosophy and practices as a vehicle to bring about positive change in the world. He is a presenter for CME|NY’s Administrator Course.


Rebecca L. Thompson-Stewart, Workshop Presenter

Headshot_4_Botanical_GardenRebecca is an AMS certified Infant/Toddler Specialist (CME|NY) and Early Childhood Specialist (Greater Cincinnati Center for Montessori Education). Her Montessori journey began as a volunteer and part-time assistant teacher at Children's Montessori School in Georgetown, Kentucky, after which she became an Early Childhood Lead Teacher. She later joined the Toddler community at the Montessori Children's Center in White Plains as a Lead Teacher. Beginning in Fall 2015 she will serve as a Co-Lead Teacher at Twin Parks Riverside in Manhattan. She is enrolled in the first cohort of students pursuing an M.S in Early Childhood Mobntessori Education leading to initial state certification, through CME|NY's partnership with the College of New Rochelle. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Georgetown College (Kentucky). Rebecca has a passion for growing powerful and supportive educational communities for children, families, and educators.


Martha Torrence

torrenceMartha Torrence has been a Montessori educator since 1977, serving as a classroom teacher, Head of School, curriculum coordinator, teacher researcher, workshop presenter, and teacher educator. She is currently Head of School at Summit Montessori School in Framingham, MA. Martha served on the AMS Board of Directors for 11 years. She was AMS Teachers’ Section Chair for 9 years, served on the AMS Executive Committee for 3 years and was Board President for 1 year. Martha currently serves on the Board of the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts as the organization’s Vice President.  Martha was Principal and Head Teacher in the Pre-primary classroom at the Xavier Univ. Lab School for 3 years. She co-founded Our Children’s Center in State College, PA, serving as its Head for over 20 years. Martha was recently Director of Toddler/Primary Programs at Cambridge Montessori School in Cambridge, MA.  A Teacher’s Research Network participant, Martha has written award-winning articles on her research topic, play. She holds a Liberal Arts B.A. and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Supervision (Penn State University); and an AMS Early Childhood credential (AERCO/Ithaca).  Martha is a presenter for CME|NY's Course for Montessori School Management and Leadership (CMSM).


Mary Zajac

mary_zajacMary Zajac is currently the Head-of-School for Penn-Mont Academy, a 50+ year old Montessori school founded by Aline Wolf in Hollidaysburg, PA.  Mary has been with Penn-Mont since 1989, teaching at the Toddler and Preschool levels and serving as Education and Special Needs Coordinator for many years. She holds an AMS Early Childhood credential (CME/NY), a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education (Penn State University) and a Masters in Curriculum and Supervision (University of Pittsburgh).  Mary teaches Science and Peace Education for CME and serves as a field consultant.  She enjoys sharing her love of nature and Montessori’s views on nurturing the spirit with others.


Faculty Opportunities

CME|NY is always looking for interested Montessorians who wish to be involved in teacher education.  Please contact us if you would like to be part of our team.



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