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DEBRA L. RIORDAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ASSOCIATION MONTESSORI INTERNATIONAL-USA (AMI-USA)

Previous to becoming Executive Director at AMI-USA, Debby was an AMI-USA Board Member as well as the co-founder and Head of School at Southlake Montessori in Southlake, Texas. Debby has her Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology and received her AMI Elementary diploma from the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota. Prior to her work in education, Debby worked as a marketing research consultant mostly for retail, healthcare, and manufacturing clients. However, for more than two decades since, she has supported Montessori education in various roles intersecting the faculty, board, administrative, training center, and public policy communities. She now looks forward to supporting common goals through her work as Executive Director at AMI-USA. Debby is a parent to four Montessori children and it is the inspiration through watching this magical education work through them that fuels her desire for as many children as possible to have this opportunity. Debby lives in Irving, Texas, with her most ardent supporter, husband Steve, and Buster the dog.

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