top of page

About Us

Montessori professional excellence and education awareness


Children learn at their own pace, have different strengths, and interests. Motivation, self-confidence, and a deep sense of purpose rise from an education method that respects these uniqueness of being. This is the essence of Montessori education.

Montessori Florida Coalition was founded in 2014 by a group of Montessorians that share the same vision. We are a not-for-profit organization with the mission of bringing together Montessori educators, administrators, parents, and schools in Florida.


We aim to provide professional development and Montessori education awareness through tools and events that will:

  • Guide teachers in becoming Montessori Certified

  • Connect certified teachers with career opportunities

  • Bring the Montessori community in Florida together


The Montessori Florida Coalition is located in Miami, Florida and is the proud organizer of the annual Montessori Education Days Conference, hosted at Barry University.

Our Board Members


Mrs. Beverly McGhee,

Director Emerita
& Founder


Mr. James McGhee II, Secretary & Founding Board Member


Ms. Judy Dempsey,

Founding Board Member

Heidy Lilchin.jpg

Mrs. Heidy Lilchin Simon, Executive Director & Founding Board Member


Mr. Daniel Benitez-Oliveiro, Former President & Founding Board Member


Ms. Helen DeVere,

Founding Board Member


Mrs. Joan Rodriguez-Malone, Treasurer & Founding Board Member


Mrs. Monica Gargiulo-Benitez, Founding Board Member


Dr. Lilia DiBello,
Board Member

bottom of page