Parents Association

The Austin Montessori School Parents Association (AMSPA)

Welcome to the Austin Montessori School Parents Association page. Here you will find information about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and fundraising information.

The AMSPA is in its fourth year and proudly working to provide parents with increased opportunities for building community within Austin Montessori School, and with our friends and neighbors. With your support, the scope of the AMSPA continues to grow to meet the needs of families, staff, and our local community. We look forward to working together!

List of 3 frequently asked questions.


    • Welcoming new families into the AMS community. 
    • Providing support and appreciation to our guides, staff and parents. 
    • Offering a "helping hand" to AMS families in need such as when a new baby is welcomed into the family. 
    • Offering social opportunities for parents and families to get to know each other and enjoy shared interests. 
    • Mobilizing volunteers and raising funds as needed to support the above activities.

    As a parent with a child at AMS you are automatically a member of the PA. We do not collect dues nor do we require any additional information from you. At times throughout the year, you may receive solicitation from the PA Board in the form of a survey, a request for your time or expertise, etc. It is always completely optional how involved you become. We understand that your role as parent comes first! Your involvement in the AMSPA should support you in this role, serving to strengthen your family and your self.

    Every school year, each AMS guide selects a room parent who supports him/her in needs that may arise. Your community room parent will be able to assist you in staying connected to school happenings and AMSPA opportunities. Feel free to contact your AMS Room Parent or a member of the AMSPA Executive Committee with any questions or comments throughout the year.

2018-19 Room Parents

Youngest Children’s Community
Christy and Tim Hamilton – Hummingbird Garden
Jessica Hawkins – Butterfly Garden

Children’s House
Cypress Cottage – Blythe Crow
Magnolia Cottage – Carla Tremblay
Redbud Cottage – Whitney LeBlanc
Laurel Cottage – Natalie Duvall
Persimmon Cottage – Natalie Hensley
Pomegranate Cottage – Francis Ramberg

Early Elementary
Heartsong – Courtney and David Kieke
Windsong – Natalie Duvall
Birdsong – Monica Ramsey

Upper Elementary
Nova – Laura Merritt and JP Kloninger
Terra – Cora Bullock and Corie Cormie

Adolescent Community
Maria Bickerton and Cora Bullock

Community Placemat Initiative

The Community Placemat is a beloved, longstanding AMS tradition which features a family photo of each child in the community. It is a great resource to help you identify parents and children in the community, and a wonderful keepsake of each school year. Each student will receive a placemat at no charge, compliments of the Parents Association. Should you want more than one copy, additional placemats can be purchased for $10 by emailing

2018-19 Executive Committee

Stephanie Klinect
(Nova and Heartsong parent)

Vice-President of Communications
Sandie Coco
(Gaines Creek parent)

Vice-President of Community Affairs
Natalie Duvall
(Laurel Cottage and Windsong parent)

Vice-President of Fundraising
Cora Bullock
(Gaines Creek and Terra parent)

Victoria Myatlyuk
(Birdsong and Pomegranate Cottage parent)

Blythe Crowe
(Heartsong and Cypress Cottage parent)
The AMS Parent Association has T-Shirts available for purchase at the AMSPA Store.

women t-shirt
Designed over 20 years ago by Upper Elementary students in conjunction with artist/parent Harriet Huff, the various elements of the AMS mandala symbolize the foundations of Montessori education. The central yin-yang symbol represents balance and harmony. The Montessori mathematics curriculum is represented by the trinomial cube, and by the Roman numeral “1967” that depicts the year of the school’s beginning. The Egyptian hieroglyphics, reiminding us of the gift of language and writing, represent the sounds A, M, and S. The prickly pear cactus, common to Austin and the Southwest, symbolizes our beloved natural environment. Surrounding these images are the Great River of Life, and then the Time Line of Life. The twelve symbols on the time line represent the history of the universe and our planet, proceeding from the big bang, through the formation of the Earth, the beginnings and evolution of life, and up to humankind’s accomplishments in the present day.

Upcoming AMSPA Events

Please join us at upcoming Parents Association events. For more information, or to volunteer at AMSPA events, please email

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