AMS Cares

Finding support in your Montessori community

Welcome to AMS Cares, a health and wellness initiative of the American Montessori Society. Below, you will find online content and resources designed to spark thoughtful reflections around cultivating healthy habits, building strong relationships, and maintaining joy in the face of adversity.

We encourage you to lean into this work, and to do so with the support of your colleagues, mentors, and friends. You might consider getting together with a group of your peers to watch the live events, or reserving a monthly time to do the follow-up activities, and watch and discuss the on demand content. If we are truly to flourish as individuals and educators, we must intentionally continue these important conversations around health and wellness and we must support one another in the journey.

At AMS, promoting wellbeing is integral to the work we do and as such, AMS Cares goes beyond a single event or campaign. Please visit this webpage to learn more about how we are focusing on Montessori innovation to move this work forward.

Your health and emotional well-being are integral to educating.

AMS Exclusives

AMS has teamed up with renowned experts in the field of positive psychology to bring you free, meaningful videos, lessons, and reflections around mental health and wellness. Join the live sessions or watch the on demand section for special spotlighted content. All are welcome.

Live Events

This content will be made available on demand after the live session. If you are unable to attend live, please check back to engage with the videos.

Please note: all times listed below are in Eastern Time.

Relationship and Meaning

Presented by: Emiliya Zhivotovskaya

When: September 22 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM


Achievement and Vitality

Presented by: Emiliya Zhivotovskaya

When: October 20 | 7:00 – 8:00 PM


Positive Psychology in Action for administrators

Presented by: Emiliya Zhivotovskaya

When: November 2 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM



On Demand

by Emiliya Zhtoivovskaya

In this session, join positive psychology and mind-body medicine expert, Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, for a deeper dive into two pathways for building well-being, resilience, and flourishing. From how to get more "in-the-zone" and into a flow state, to how to increase your willpower, learn powerful and practical tools that you'll be able to apply immediately.

Download the follow-up activities from Emiliya.



by Emiliya Zhtoivovskaya

Download the follow-up activities from Emiliya.



by Sara Knickerbocker

In this session you learn the highlights of research about why self-care is important to mental health, and actionable steps to create healing from the trauma and stress of pandemic teaching. You will be invited to make a dynamic and simple self-care plan to support ongoing well-being. Consider attending with some folks from your school to learn how your community can use self-care practices to better manage the demands of your workplace. Let's gather to share in a realistic and playful exploration of educator self-care.

Download the follow-up activities from Sara.




Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, MAPP, MCC

Emiliya Zhivotovskaya is a leading voice in the world of positive psychology and the science of flourishing. She is the CEO and founder of The Flourishing Center, and creator of the acclaimed Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) program that’s been offered in 13 cities across the U.S., Canada, and online worldwide.

Sara Knickerbocker, PhD

Sara Knickerbocker, PhD, specializes in educator well-being through her company, Original Educator. She is the former school psychologist for Montessori School of Denver, CO.

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By Montessorians, For Montessorians

Welcome to the community crafted section of AMS Cares. On the AMS Connect channel, you will find discussion threads on videos that were made by Montessorians, for Montessorians. Find content related to dance fitness, tapping, meditation, and more. Continue the conversation on AMS Connect today.

We know you have expertise that reaches beyond the classroom and we want to recognize it. Submit your health and wellness video today.

Meet Our Facilitator

Kim Stegmaier

Meet Our Facilitator

Kim Stegmaier, MEd, RYT, is the Interim Teacher Education Program Director and a Teaching Professor at Xavier University Montessori Institute located in Cincinnati, Ohio. For the past 5 years, Kim lived in Shanghai, China where she served as the Director of Academic Instruction and Senior Teacher Trainer for Shanghai Montessori Education Academy.

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Video Submissions: Share Your Expertise

If you have professional experience in an area of health and wellness such as meditation, nutrition, or psychology, we want to hear from you. Community curated videos are created by Montessorians for Montessorians.

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