Magazine article Montessori Life

A Salute to Mimi Basso

Magazine article Montessori Life

A Salute to Mimi Basso

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As many of you already know, Mimi Basso is leaving AMS in June of this year to assume the position of head of school at West Side Montessori School in New York City. I would like to recognize and celebrate Mimi's impressive work at AMS and share some of my own personal reflections.

Mimi came to the American Montessori Society in January 2001. Many of you know her through her work with the AMS school accreditation process, where she steadfastly promoted accreditation as a vehicle for school improvement. Among her many accomplishments, she spearheaded a successful effort to have AMS accreditation recognized by the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), launched a campaign to inform and educate school heads about the importance of demonstrating school excellence through school accreditation, and helped to increase the number of accredited schools from 37 to 102. Recently Mimi served not only as Director of School Consul-tation and Accreditation, but also as Vice President of Membership Services.

The professional development of AMS members was extremely important to Mimi. Those of you who have participated in our annual conferences have experienced the fruits of her hard work. In recent years, these events dramatically improved in quality and, in a single year, more than doubled in number of attendees. Mimi also led her staff and volunteers in providing other high quality professional development events, including our annual Heads of Schools Retreat, Peace Retreat, and Touring Symposia.

When I joined AMS in January of 2005, Mimi became an instant colleague and friend, guiding me through the complex and sometimes daunting, but always exciting, world of AMS. …

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