Judy Dempsey is the owner and principal of Summit-Questa Montessori School in Davie, Florida—a Montessori school on 10 acres for students from the age of three through the 8th grade. She is also the co-director of the Summit Montessori Teacher Training Institute which offers training in infant/toddler, early childhood, and elementary 1 levels. This institute is Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) accredited and also an affiliate of the American Montessori Society (AMS) teacher education program. In addition, Judy was trained as an AMS consultant and a MACTE Teacher Training Evaluation Committee member.
Judy has held the officer’s position of First Vice President and Director of Accreditation from 2010-2016 with the Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF), a state of Florida Private School Accreditation organization, where she has been a board member since 2006. She held the office of secretary for AISF from 2008-2010. Presently, she is a board member of the Montessori Florida Coalition, an organization that puts on an annual Montessori Conference in Miami, Florida. Judy has also sat on the Board of Trustees for the Montessori Development Association. She has been trained to serve on school evaluation teams for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools-Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS).
In 2009, Judy was awarded The Alan O’Such Memorial Outstanding Service Award by the AISF for outstanding service to the organization and the children of the state of Florida. She was just named the Recipient of the 2016-2017 “Distinguished Educator of the Year Award”—the highest honor given by the Association of Independent Schools of South Florida.