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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.


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 Administrator Course.  


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).


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).


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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