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Lydie Raschka

Lydie Raschka works as a field consultant for CME|NY She is also a freelance writer. Lydie was a 6-9 teacher in Yonkers for six years. Prior to that, she taught 3-6 year olds and started the 6-9 elementary program at the Michelle Norris Montessori School in Ann Arbor, MI. She has a B.S. in Special Education (Eastern Michigan University), an M.S. in Education (Bank Street College), and an AMS Elementary 6-9 credential (CMTE/NY). Lydie also writes for 


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.


Sheila Reed

Sheila Reed has been on staff since 1976 at the Chemung Valley Montessori School in Big Flats, NY.  She currently co-teaches the upper elementary class and is curriculum coordinator for the 9-12 and middle school levels.  Sheila is a reading and writing specialist, and teaches much of the 9-12 Language curriculum at CMTE/NY. She serves as a Field Consultant to schools in NY and PA. She has a B.A. in German (Wilson College), a M.S.Ed. with a concentration in reading (Elmira College), an AMI 3-6 credential (Minnesota), and an AMS 6-12 credential (CMTE/NY). Sheila is a consultant for CME|NY.


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.


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 Course for Montessori School Management and Leadership (CMSM).


Meg Sheehan

sheehanMeg Sheehan is the Head of School for North Shore Montessori School in Stony Brook, New York. Meg received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary College and worked as a Cardiovascular and Emergency Room Nurse for more than ten years. While sending her own children to North Shore Montessori School, Meg realized her true calling for education. She received her Masters in Literacy Education from Dowling College and maintains Certifications in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Literacy Education. Meg taught for five years in the Three Village Central School District before accepting the position of Head of School at North Shore Montessori School. Since accepting this position, Meg has received her AMS Administrator Credential (CME|NY) and is currently pursuing her Certification in School Business/ School District Leadership at Stony Brook University. Meg currently resides in Stony Brook, New York with her husband and two children. Meg is a presenter for CME|NY's Course for Montessori School Management and Leadership (CMSM).  


Rebecca L. Thompson-Stewart, Toddler Presenter CMSM

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 Velasquez

Mary Velasquez has been teaching at the Cambridge Montessori School since 1993, first as a toddler teacher, now in the upper elementary class. She joined the CMTE/NY staff in 2002.  She has a B.A. in English (Harvard University) and AMS Infant/Toddler and Elementary 6-12 credentials.


Joel Wilkinson

joelJoel Wilkinson is an Upper Elementary teacher at The Homestead School, located at the director¹s century-old family homestead on eighty-five acres of fields, woods, marshes, ponds, and streams in rural Glen Spey, NY. He has 20 years of Montessori experience, including teaching at Penn-Mont Academy, Pennsylvania¹s first Montessori school, and an administrative role as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Wyoming Valley Montessori School in Kingston, PA. He has worked with the CMTE/NY faculty since 1995 and been an AMS presenter at national conferences. Prior to becoming a Montessori teacher, Joel ran environmental education and camp programs for the National Wildlife Federation, NJ School of Conservation, and the Princeton-Blairstown Center.

In addition to his enduring love of nature and the outdoor pursuits, he also has a passion for music and choral singing. An avid theater patron and public radio supporter, Joel enjoys guiding weekend trips into NYC to explore the museums and see the sights. He has been involved with a web site project and serves as a technology consultant. He holds an M.A. in environmental education (Montclair State University/NJ), a B.S. in recreation (Pennsylvania State University) and an AMS 6-12 credential (CMTE/NY). Joel is a consultant for CME|NY.

Bretta Weiss Wolff

weissBretta Weiss Wolff was the AMS National Director for 14 years. She served as a Board member and President of the Council for American Private Education, Washington, DC, Editor of the AMS School Management Guide and co-leader of the Montessori delegation to the People’s Republic of China; leader of the delegation to Warsaw, Moscow, and Budapest; member, U.S. faculty at the China/U.S. conference on early childhood education. She served on the AMS School Consultation and Accreditation Commission and the AMS Teacher Education Committee for School Administrators. Bretta was Co-Coordinator of CME|NY's Course for Montessori School Management and Leadership (CMSM) for 12 years.  She currently serves as secretary of the Governance Council of Montessori of the Rio Grande Montessori Charter School.   Bretta was honored as the 2004 AMS Living Legacy. Bretta is a presenter for CME|NY’s Course for Montessori School Management and Leadership (CMSM).


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