Dr. Sharon Damore has over 35 years of experience working in Elementary and Secondary schools and higher education. She has an AMS Early Childhood credential, and an EdD in Education Leadership and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. Sharon is an adjunct professor of education leadership at DePaul University, in Chicago, Illinois, and a lecturer at the AMS-affiliated Seton Montessori Institute in nearby Clarendon Hills. She also currently serves as the AMS Vice President. Sharon has founded several Montessori initiatives, including the AMS Accreditation Commission, the AMS Policy Committee, and the Montessori Public Policy Initiative, of which she is the Board Treasurer. Previously she was head of school of the AMS-accredited Chiaravalle Montessori School in Evanston, Illinois, among other many other positions in private and public schools. Sharon is the former executive director and a current active member of the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools.