In May 2010, Dr. Kathy Roemer invited directors of Montessori Schools in New York City to meet to network with one another. The intention was to be inclusive of all Montessori schools in the 5 boroughs of New York City and Westchester County. Schools would volunteer to host meetings 4 times per year. The name of the group was
The New York City Montessori Network.
The first meeting was held at Riverside Montessori School, hosted by Dr. Kathy Roemer and Brooklyn Heights Montessori School hosted the second meeting in October 2010. At that meeting, the group began to talk about organization and goals and objectives. Upcoming professional development was shared in addition to collaborations that schools could participate in. The consensus was to keep the organization loose and informal while gathering a database of all of the Montessori schools in the area. A survey was conducted in January 2011 to gather information about schools and the issues that we most important to them.
In an effort to have a stronger public policy presence and one voice to represent the Montessori School community for the entire State of New York, we incorporated and the group voted on a name that changed in the fall of 2015 to
New York State Montessori Alliance.
With the help and support of Marco Ciocca, the organization became a 501c3. Bylaws were adopted in November 2016. The first officers were Dr. Kathy Roemer, President, Marco Ciocca, Vice President and Lisanne Pinciotti, Secretary/Treasurer.
Member Voting RightS
Each school, organization, or individual member is entitled to one vote. A quorum must be reached for votes to be considered valid. Voting for new and re-elected NYSMA board members for 2020-2021 begins in December:
November 1 — Nominations accepted
November 30 — Last day nominations accepted
December 1 — Voting opens
December 31 — Voting closes
January 29 — 2020-2021 NYSMA board members announced on website