NAMTA Montessori Whole-School Management Speakers for 2017

NAMTA Montessori Whole-School Management Speakers for 2017


Julia Brown has been a Montessori educator for 32 years. She most recently served as associate director of Montessori Development Partnerships (MDP) in Cleveland and assisted with the opening and fundraising for Stonebrook Montessori (Cleveland, OH). Currently, she is continuing her fundraising efforts for the school while working with Higher Ground Education as a program support mentor. Prior to joining MDP, Julia was head of school at Hudson Montessori School in Hudson, Ohio for 16 years. She holds an M.Ed in curriculum and instruction, an AMI elementary diploma, Executive Coaching Certification from Weatherhead School of Management, and participated in Stanford University’s Leadership Program for School Leaders. Julia has trained teachers at the Toronto Montessori Institute and has served on advisory boards and school accreditation teams. 


Peter Davidson was head of school at the Montessori School of Beaverton, Oregon for 27 years and under his leadership the school achieved remarkable success while building a cohesive community of students, parents, and teachers. He currently works in administration for Montessori in Redlands, CA and served as the interim head of school for the 2016/17 school year. Peter received his AMI primary diploma from Edgecliff College in 1975, is a past member of the board of directors of the Association Montessori Internationale, and was the founding board president of the Montessori Administrators Association (MAA). He consults with schools, speaks on administrative topics, and provides leadership seminars across North America and around the world. 


Maura Joyce has been the head of school at The Post Oak School (TX) since the summer of 2016 after serving as head of school at Montessori in Redlands (CA) since July 2000. She holds AMI diplomas at both the primary and elementary levels, a master's degree in education from Loyola College, and a bachelor's degree from Boston College. Maura has 10 years of classroom teaching experience at the elementary and adolescent levels. She has been a featured presenter for both AMI/USA and NAMTA and has also lectured at various Montessori schools around the country and at the Montessori Institute of San Diego, where she has been an examiner for AMI. Maura served on the board of the Montessori Administrators Association for 8 years and is the parent of a Montessori student who attends Post Oak's High School. 


David Kahn has been Executive Director of the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association for more than 40 years. He has 17 years of Montessori teaching experience, twelve of them as teaching principal at Ruffing Montessori School (Cleveland Heights, OH). Mr. Kahn was founding director of the Hershey Montessori School adolescent program on the farm in Huntsburg, Ohio, an internationally acclaimed Montessori model for adolescent education. He now serves as founding director of Montessori High School at University Circle (Cleveland, OH). Additionally, he consults with schools throughout North America that are beginning Montessori farm schools or high schools. He also developed the NAMTA/AMI Montessori Orientation to Adolescent Studies to help teachers specializing in working with students ages 12-18. Mr. Kahn holds a BA in fine arts and classics from the University of Notre Dame (IN) as well as the AMI Montessori Elementary diploma from Bergamo, Italy.


Kathy Minardi has been an educator for forty-eight years, forty of which have been as a school leader.  She recently retired from Aidan Montessori School in Washington, D.C., and is now a consultant and facilitator for schools and leaders.  She holds a BA from St. Olaf College, an MA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and holds transformational leadership credentials from Georgetown University, Harvard University and M.I.T.  Her strong focus throughout her career has been on creating healthy school communities where adult interactions are congruent with Montessori principles and the school’s mission and values.


Katy Myers is currently the founding principal of Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School located in Denver, CO.  In addition Katy consults with schools throughout the U.S.. Katy was a founding parent of Compass Montessori, a pre-K through 12th grade public Montessori charter school in Golden, CO where she served as the business manager and assistant head of school for four years and head of school for six years. Katy’s educational background includes elementary Montessori diploma (AMI), adolescent Montessori certification (NAMTA), a B.S. in speech and economics from Northwestern University, and an M.Ed from Arizona State University in education administration and supervision.


Sue Pritzker has been head of school at Childpeace Montessori School in Portland, Oregon for 31 years. She holds a professional certificate in nonprofit administration and is a consultant for AMI. She is a founding member of Montessori Leaders Collaborative and currently is working with AMI on a global school accreditation program. She has been a speaker and workshop presenter for AMI/USA, MAA, Oregon Montessori Association, AMI training centers, and at the 2017 Prague Montessori International Congress. She has been a presenter for WSM Tier I as well as WSM Strategic Planning. 


Michele Shane has been head of school at The Children’s House in Traverse City, MI for 11 years. She holds an AMI primary certificate from Montessori Institute Northwest and an M.Ed from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. She currently serves as president of the Montessori Administrators Association (MAA) board and has been a board member since 2011.