AMI Teacher training in the Southwest has a long history. In Arizona, we owe thanks to AMI Trainer Nimal Vaz. Nimal received her AMI Primary Diploma in 1964. As Montessori schools began to spread throughout the United States, Nimal Vaz responded to the need for teachers by helping to organize AMI training courses in Arizona. She founded the Montessori Education Center of Arizona in 1980 and acted as Director of Training and AMI Primary Trainer until 2006. During her 15 years as a teacher trainer, she directed 30 courses that developed approximately 325 Montessori teachers.
In celebration of Nimal’s contribution to the Montessori community in Arizona, a scholarship fund has been established in her name. The principal aim of this scholarship fund is to support Arizona residents seeking to advance their Montessori education.
All the money received from donations goes directly towards tuition for recipients of the scholarship. Every donation, of any amount, helps SIMS students realize their potential. Please click below to make a donation. If you wish for your donation to be anonymous, please make a note on the donation page.
Thanks you so much for considering our fund!