2018 Douglas M. Gravel Award written on 4 April 2018 by Nienhuis Montessori 0 0 0 During the AMS Conference 2018 in Denver, our colleague Karen Kenison, managing director of Nienhuis Montessori USA, has received the 2018 Douglas M. Gravel Award. The American Montessori Society acknowledges those whose generosity has contributed to the sustainability and growth of the organization through an annual award named in honor of Douglas M. Gravel, one of AMS’s most consistent and generous benefactors. Douglas provided strong and unwavering support to the American Montessori Society from its earliest days. AMS bestowed its first Douglas M. Gravel Award in 2017 and our colleague Karen Kenison is second. Karen has been working for Nienhuis Montessori USA for almost 40 years, at first supporting her father who started Nienhuis USA in 1975, later she became Managing Director. Next to that, she has always been very active in the Montessori school and Training Center of her mother, Vera Kenison. Nienhuis USA and Karen Kenison have always supported the great work the AMS is doing for the American Montessori scene and contributed to the sustainable growth of the AMS.