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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.











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.


Lillian Moncada-Davidson, Phd

lillianmoncadadavidson1Dr. Lillian Moncada-Davidson is Founder of the Hilda Rothschild Foundation (HRF) and Professor in the sociology of education at Queens College of the City University of New York. As a “teacher of teachers”, she donates her time and knowledge providing service to women and children living in conditions of poverty in El Salvador. Today she directs the establishment of initial and pre-school education with a focus on Montessori, as well as providing training for teachers and mother educators.  Lillian presents to the CME|NY Infant and Toddler cohort a session on Montessori in the Third World.


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