Lisanne is Program Director for the West Side Montessori School Teacher Education Program. She has been involved with Montessori education since 1985. Her experience in the Early Childhood environment and Administrator at Children’s House Montessori School, NJ, provided a strong foundation for future endeavors. Lisanne earned a BS in Business Administration (University of Dayton), an M. Ed in Early Childhood Education (Rutgers University), AMS Early Childhood Credential and AMS Administrator Credentials (CMTE/NY). She enjoys field consultant visits and has presented at numerous local and national conferences and workshops. Lisanne believes that supporting the efforts of professional associations is an important contribution to the growth of the field, therefore has served on various committees for AMS and held several board positions with NJMAC and the NYSMA.
Marco R. CioccaVice President
Marco is the founder and chairman of The Montessori Schools in Flatiron and SoHo. He was responsible for the construction and oversees the operation of two campuses with nearly 300 students in New York City. Concurrently, he serves as Chief Executive Officer of La Prima Casa, Inc. for the last ten years. He is responsible for property acquisitions, financing, business planning and the day-to-day operations of two schools with over 240 children in Miami, FL. Marco has been involved in numerous start-ups and management positions during his professional career. Among others, he currently sits on the board of Biocynetic and the executive committee of Curated Care. He has received a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from University of Miami School of Law in 2004.
Diane is the Head of School at Our World Montessori in Niskayuna, NY. She was a Montessori student in Lima, Peru and became involved in Montessori again as a parent when her two children began attending Woodland Hill Montessori in North Greenbush, NY. Diane was as a parent volunteer at the school for fourteen years, including several years as the president of Woodland Hill’s parent association. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees and spent three years in an early childhood classroom before taking on her role at Our World Montessori. Diane has her AMS Administrator’s credential from CME-NY and is a strong proponent for continuing education, both for herself and for her faculty.
Diane M NickersonBoard Member
Diane is the founder and school director of Castle Island Bilingual Montessori in Albany, NY. She holds NYS teaching certificates for Elementary Education, English to Speakers of Other Languages and Secondary Spanish. She also holds a NYS certificate for School Administration. She obtained her AMS credential in School Management from CME | NY and has a Masters in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from UAlbany. She has worked for 25 years as an educator guiding children and their guides, in public and independent schools in Central New York, the Capital Region, and in the Dominican Republic. She is bilingual English/Spanish and values the ease of language acquisition through the Montessori approach. She has four sons and enjoys Irish dance.