Montessori Institute of Atlanta
  Accredited by Association Montessori InternationaleGraduate program affiliated with Loyola University Maryland

Meet the Institute Staff

J McKeever, Director of Elementary Training

J McKeeverJ. McKeever, AMI Trainer, is delighted to return to Atlanta’s vibrant Montessori community and to renew her role as Director of Elementary Training for Montessori Institute of Atlanta.  She is especially excited to be part of this organization as it continues its service from a new permanent ‘home’ in metro-Atlanta.  Ms. McKeever holds diplomas from the Association Montessori Internationale for Children’s House and Elementary levels, and has many years’ experience working with elementary children and directing elementary training courses.  Ms. McKeever is a past board member of the Elementary Alumni Association (AMI-EAA), and is an AMI examiner and school consultant at the Elementary level.  She has presented workshops to teachers, parents, and administrators in the United States and internationally on a variety of Montessori topics.  She is honored to have been the first AMI elementary trainer to present workshops and elementary assistants courses in China.  Ms. McKeever holds a B.A. in English, M.A. in Educational Processes, and a secondary level teaching credential. She is an adjunct faculty member of Loyola University Maryland.

Lilian Bryan, Foundation Course Director 

Lilian BryanLilian Bryan’s expertise with children and adults ranges across two levels of Montessori education: 3-6 and 0-3 years.   She holds the title of Founder-Trainer Emeritus of Montessori Institute of Atlanta, where she trained teachers for 37 years.  In addition, Ms. Bryan has directed training courses in other US cities as well as in Switzerland, Austria, and South Africa.  She has presented workshops to teachers and parents in a number of countries throughout the world.  Ms. Bryan serves as an official AMI Consultant for schools in the USA and abroad and is an AMI Examiner.   

We are delighted that she is part of MIA once again, and willing to share her spirit and expertise with this fortunate group of elementary trainees.

Phyllis Pottish-Lewis, Elementary Guest Trainer/Lecturer

Phyllis Pottish-LewisPhyllis Pottish-Lewis, AMI Elementary trainer, examiner, and school consultant, has directed AMI-elementary training courses in California and Minnesota. She has been a guest lecturer for elementary training courses for many years.  Ms. Pottish-Lewis holds AMI Primary and Elementary diplomas, a B.S. in Zoology, and M.Ed. Ms. Pottish-Lewis is a former board member of AMI-EAA. She also has presented a number of workshops and refresher courses both nationally and internationally.  She has a wealth of elementary classroom experience.  We are happy to welcome her back to Atlanta as a visiting lecturer.

Additional Montessori lecturers may be invited to participate on the course at the discretion of the Director of Training.

Karey Lontz, Co-Director of Training for Assistants to Infancy

Karey LontzKarey M. Lontz holds AMI diplomas for the 0-3 and 3-6 levels. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising from The University of Georgia and a Master's in Education from Loyola University Maryland. She has been working in the Montessori community since 1998. She has Montessori teaching and administration experience in private schools, early head start, and AMI teacher training. In addition to her administrative and training work, Karey is in regular contact with local and international Montessori schools for teachers, assistants and administration workshops, trainings, and evaluations. She is qualified as an AMI examiner and international trainer.

Alejandra Rosas, Co-Director of Training for Assistants to Infancy

Alejandra RosasAlejandra Rosas has been part of the Montessori Community for over 20 years. She has worked at both the 0-3 and 3-6 levels, serving countless young children and their families as they navigate their children's development.
Alejandra received her AMI 3-6 diploma in Italy in 1996 and her AMI 0-3 diploma in San Diego in 2004, under the guidance of Dr. Silvana Montanaro. She completed her A to I Trainer’s status under Judi Orion and Dr. Silvia Dubovoy, Ph.D. Alejandra is now an AMI trainer, examiner, and consultant at the Assistants to Infancy level. She also holds an A.S. in Puericulture and a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She is fluent in Spanish and English and proficient in Italian. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time with her loving family.


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Phyllis Pottish-Lewis and J McKeever, long-time friends and frequent collaborators


J McKeever and Lilian Bryan, Amsterdam, 2016
J McKeever and Lilian Bryan at AMI International Trainers’ Meeting in Amsterdam, October 2016