Kathy is the Executive Director of Twin Parks Montessori Schools on the Upper West Side in Manhattan (since 2002). She is a past president (2011-2013) of the American Montessori Society (AMS), and has over 30 years experience as a Montessori teacher, director and consultant. She was a charter member of the AMS School Accreditation Commission, and chaired the Commission for four years. She was head of school at Lamplighter Montessori School in Memphis and Montessori Children’s House in Alto, Texas. Twin Parks Montessori School has 3 campuses with a total of 450 students with an age range of 3 months to 6 years. Kathy received a BA in Archeology from Temple University, an MEd from Christian Brothers University and a doctorate from the University of Memphis.
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.
Monica Sullivan SmithBoard Member
Monica Sullivan Smith is co-founder and Deputy Executive Director of The Montessori Intervention Programs (MIP), a non-profit organization inspired by Renilde Montessori’s vision for Educateurs sans Frontieres (EsF). She is currently a Primary teacher at the Montessori Academy in the Rochester City School District.Monica received her Bachelor’s Degree and MEd in Inclusive Early Childhood at Nazareth College of Rochester, and earned her Montessori certification at the Maria Montessori Institute in London, England. She holds a NY State Certification in both regular and special education from birth to 2nd grade.In addition to 28 years of Montessori teaching, Monica attended the first three gatherings of Educateurs sans Frontieres, and has been actively involved with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) on an international basis for 19 years. Through MIP, Monica works to further the purpose of EsF , which “prepares individuals to carry out the broader social mission of the Montessori movement; deepening their understanding of the needs of humanity and the development of the child by revisiting Montessori principles and practices from the perspective of society at large” – AMI/EsF