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Judy Joynt

judy-joyntInfant and Toddler Field Consultant Supervisor 

Judy Joynt has been involved with Montessori education since 1979, having taught for 14 years before joining CMTE/NY. Teaching positions included Hudson Country School, New Rochelle, NY and Berjan School, Mamaroneck, NY.  Judy received her Infant and Toddler AMS credential in 1991 from CMTE/NY and has been a member of the staff since 1997.  She is presently the Infant and Toddler Practicum Phase Coordinator and Field Consultant as well as an instructor in the program.  Judy has a B.A. in Elementary Education (University of Arizona), and M.Ed. (College of New Rochelle) in Special Education.


Susan Kambrich


Susan Kambrich has served as Head of School at Woodland Hill Montessori School since 2000. She has been a Montessori educator since 1989 and was Lower Elementary Head Teacher at the Montessori School of Albany from 1995-2000.

While at MSA, she has served as Elementary Educational Coordinator, Teacher Board Representative, and as Interim Head before becoming Head of School in 2000. Susan also taught as an Upper Elementary teacher at Hudson Montessori School in Ohio, and as a Primary teacher at Woodland Montessori School in Madison, Wisconsin. She has taught public school kindergarten and a toddler program, and taught at a Montessori summer program at Fairbanks Montessori in Alaska. 

Susan has a Master’s of Education degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University, and a certificate of advanced studies as School Building Leader from the College of Saint Rose. Susan trained to be a Montessori teacher at Washington Montessori Institute in Washington, DC. She is AMI Montessori certified to teach ages 6-12, AMS certified as a Montessori Administrator (CME|NY) and is New York State certified as a principal.

Susan serves on several boards including NYSAIS, American Montessori Society, the HVCC Teacher Education Advisory, and the Albany Institute of History and Art. Susan is also Treasurer of NYSAIS and is Chair of the Heads of Schools Section for AMS. She has presented at regional and national Montessori conferences and serves on Accreditation Teams for Middle States of Colleges and Schools, NYSAIS and AMS.  Susan is a presenter for CME|NY’s Administrator Course.


Julie Karlonas







Julie Karlonas, Early Childhood Art Presenter, is the founder of Art Work.  She has been providing art instruction for children and adults for more than 25 years. Julie holds a master’s degree in Montessori education, AMS Elementary I and II teaching credentials, and a studio degree in printmaking. In addition to teaching Creative Arts for the Montessori School of Education at Saint Mary’s College, she lectures and conducts teacher‐training seminars. Julie is also a working artist whose paintings, prints, and drawings have been shown throughout Northern California.



Mary Ellen Kordas


Mary Ellen Kordas is the former Head of School at Valley Montessori School in Livermore, CA completing a 33 year career in 2011. The school was the first AMS accredited school in California providing an educational setting for 500 students from infant to eighth grade. She holds a degree in Business Management from St. Mary's College in California.   Mary Ellen also holds a certificate from California State University Program in Nonprofit Management and an AMS Montessori Administrator's Credential as well as a Program Director Credential from the California Commission on Teaching.  She has consulted with numerous Montessori schools throughout the country.  She is an elected member of the American Montessori Society International Board of Directors, serves on the Executive Committee, and is the current Treasurer.  She was awarded the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010 from the Women's Initiative for innovation in a nonprofit organization. Mary Ellen provides extraordinary visionary leadership to the Montessori community.  She is a presenter for CME|NY’s Administrator Course.


Laura LeClair


Laura is an instructor, educational consultant, and postpartum doula. She spent over two decades in Montessori classrooms, guiding children from Birth through Kindergarten. She has a passion for tending to classrooms and the adults who bring them to life, with a special interest in creating successful, inclusive environments for children of all abilities.

Laura has a B.A. in English from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT. She holds American Montessori Society credentials in Infant and Toddler (CME|NY) and Early Childhood (MTTP). She received her M.Ed. in Interdisciplinary Studies of Preschool Education & Development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also studies the science of compassion and contemplative practice. Laura sees this work as key in the spiritual preparation of the adult, as educators and families develop their capacity for personal transformation and well-being.

Laura is a presenter and field consultant for the CME|NY Infant and Toddler Course.


Lisa Lubin

lubinLisa Lubin has been in involved in Montessori education since1992 and has been a faculty member of CME|NY since 2000.  Lisa holds a certificate in Educational Resources and Special Needs from Niagara College, a B.A. in English Education and a Masters Degree in Education (Foundations & Teaching) from Niagara University where she was an adjunct professor.  She has an AMS Early Childhood and Elementary I credentials (CMTE/NY).  Lisa currently works in an Elementary classroom at Wheatley School of Montessori Education in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. She presents CME|NY’s Early Childhood Language Curriculum and is a field consultant and mentor.


Biff Maier


Biff Maier is Director of Faculty and Curriculum Development at Lexington Montessori School, Lexington, MA, where he also teaches upper elementary students. Involved with Montessori since 1974, Biff is an AMS seminar presenter and consultant and was formerly chair of the Teachers’ Section and a member of the AMS National Board of Directors. 

He has a B.A. in Psychology (Duke University) and an M.A. in education, AMS Early Childhood and Elementary 6-9 credentials (Xavier University), and an AMI 6-12 credential (Bergamo, Italy). Biff is the proud parent of two Montessori graduates.

Biff Maier is presenting Education for Peace:  Essentials for Elementary Montessori at The Pathways to a Peaceful School Conference.


Claudia Mann


Claudia Mann completed her Montessori training at Xavier University with a Masters degree in Education at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education/ NY and the Houston Montessori Center. After more than 20 years as a Montessori guide in schools from Ohio, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, Claudia and her husband, also a Montessorian, founded the Chaffee County Montessori School in Salida, CO in 2007. Throughout the years, Claudia has worked as a teacher trainer and field consultant for the Center for Montessori Teacher Education/New York, Cincinnati Montessori Secondary Teacher Education Program, and Montessori Education Center of the Rockies. She has had two leadership fellowships: the Temple Hoyne Buell Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship and the Get Smart Schools/Catapult Leadership Fellowship.  Claudia is Head of School of LePort School Encinitas.  She is a field consultant for CME|NY’s Administrator Course.


Annalea Matthews

Annalea Matthews has been involved in Montessori education since 1986 and is a Montessori directress at Wheatley School of Montessori Education in St. Catharines. Annalea joined the CME|NY faculty in 2003 and is currently the Math presenter. She holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education (Niagara College) and an AMI Early Childhood credential. Annalea works as a field consultant and mentor for the Early Childhood program.


Jennifer Matthews

jennifer_mJen has been a Montessori educator since 2010. She joined the CME|NY team after receiving her AMS Early Childhood credential in 2013. Prior to her work in early childhood education, Jen earned her M.A. in Literacy Education (birth-6th) from New York University and a B.S. in Elementary Education, with a minor in English, from Boston University.  Jen currently teaches at Cambridge Montessori.


Nancy Mehalic

MehalicNancy Mehalic has been involved with Montessori education since 1985. She has worked with assistant training, intern supervision, consulting, and teacher training. She has also given workshop classes at PAEYC conventions and AMS conferences to explain the Montessori Method to teachers in traditional preschool settings as well as Montessori educators. Nancy has taught in several schools in the Pittsburgh area.  In September 2007, Nancy opened her own school, Montessori Schools for Creative Learning in Moon Township, PA. She is presently the owner and directress of the school. Nancy has a B.S. in elementary education (Penn State University) and holds an AMS 3-6 credential (CMTE/NY). She is a presenter for CME|NY's Early Childhood program.


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