Magazine article Montessori Life

Embracing Our International Members

Magazine article Montessori Life

Embracing Our International Members

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In 1956, when Nancy McCormick Rambusch joined her friends Janet and John Bermingham to plan a Montessori class for their children, she could not have imagined what their humble efforts would have become by 2005! With the help of the Berminghams, Mary M. Begley, and Georgeanne Skakel Dowdle Terriene, Nancy established the American Montessori Society in 1960. By the time of her premature death in 1994, our AMS had grown to include Montessori schools not only in every state in the nation, but also in the world beyond.

That's right. We might be the American Montessori Society, but we are truly an international organization. China, Japan, Haiti, Bolivia, India, Canada, Russia, Brazil, The Dominican Republic, Korea, Switzerland, and Mexico are just some of the countries that boast members in the American Montessori Society. This is a tremendous source of satisfaction to me, for our mission of supporting Montessori education knows no geographic boundaries. I am passionate in my desire to bring our services to every member school, parent, teacher, or teacher educator who needs our help, no matter where they reside.

At our conference in Chicago this spring, we expect to play host to a significant number of our international members. Many will hail from AMS-affiliated teacher education programs. Others will be teachers who were educated in AMS programs and are using their credentials to work in AMS-member schools outside of this country. Still others are followers in Dr. Rambusch's footsteps who have started, or are planning to start, AMS schools of their own. With their help, we hope to be able to increase our own outreach efforts to provide Montessori teacher education and establish schools in underserved areas for all children, regardless of age, socioeconomic status, or geographic area. …

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