The Montessori Campus Advisory Board (MCAB) was formed in conjunction with the July 1, 2020 merger of Stonebrook Montessori (formerly a charter school) and Michael R. White Elementary School to create the Stonebrook-White Montessori Campus. The board is structured to play an important role in supporting the Stonebrook-White Montessori Campus and CMSD in the implementation of the Montessori approach at the school. Who we are: The Montessori Campus Advisory Board exists to consult, advise, guide, support, and promote the Stonebrook-White Montessori Campus as a thriving portfolio school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Board members represent school leadership, families, the community, and philanthropic organizations.

    Our mission:
    The Montessori Campus Advisory Board’s mission is to steward access to exceptional Montessori education in the Glenville neighborhood.

    Our vision:
    The Montessori Campus Advisory Board’s vision is to curate a culturally responsive teaching and learning environment, steeped in Montessori principles, that prepares all students for today’s rapidly changing global society.

    Our values:
    We value... Cooperation - the process of working together to the same end; Community - feelings of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals; Diversity - recognizing the differences and commonalities among us; Education - the theory and practice of teaching and learning; Relationships - the state of being connected; and Service - the act of assistance, help, or support.

    The Board welcomes community members to join committees/working groups. We invite individuals who have a commitment to Cleveland's east side neighborhoods and education. Montessori experience is not required, but an interest and curiosity in Montessori is important.

    The Montessori Campus Advocates work in the pursuit of genuine community collaboration to steward access to exceptional Montessori in Glenville. We believe in Montessori as a tool for this advocacy. Meetings:
    Third Thursday of the month, 5:00-6:15pm, location changes monthly
    Co-Chairs/Facilitators: Jacquelyn Clifford, jacquelynnhinklec@yahoo.com, and Jacqui Miller, Jacqueline.Miller@clevelandmetroschools.org

    Montessori Connections is a forum to build a community of experienced and new Montessori educators for learning and growing together, and providing care, support, and collaboration for the Stonebrook-White Montessori Campus teachers.
    Meetings: First Tuesday of the month, 5:30-6:45pm, via Zoom.
    Contact the chair for the Zoom link. Chair/Facilitator: Lynne Breitenstien-Aliberti, lynnebreitenstein@gmail.com

    The Development and Finance Committee handles budgeting and fundraising for MCAB and programs at Stonebrook-White Montessori Campus that are not covered by the school budget pursuant to the MOUs MCAB has with CMSD and Montessori Development Partnerships (MDP).
    Meetings: Second Tuesdays occurring on - October 11, 2022; January 10, 2023; and May 9, 2023, 1-2pm, via Zoom.
    Contact the chair for the Zoom link. Chair/Facilitator: Debbie Guren, dguren@aol.com

    The Governance Committee works to sustain a strong and diverse board membership which is accountable to the overall mission of the board.
    The Governance Committee manages board operations. Meetings: Second Wednesdays occurring on - October 12, 2022; December 14, 2022, February 8, 2023, April 12, 2023, and June 14, 2023, 1-2pm, via Zoom. Contact the chair for the Zoom link. Chair/Facilitator: Bill Hines, memo_hines@yahoo.com

    The Executive Committee includes the Board President, Vice President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer, meets as needed, and acts as the liaison with CMSD and external organizations. MONTESSORI CAMPUS ADVISORY BOARD ROSTER for 2022-2023

    Board Officers (Elected - 3 year terms as board members; 1-year term as officers)
    John Anoliefo, Board President Famicos Foundation, Executive Director

    Barbara Wilcher-Norton, Vice-President Neighbor to Neighbor, Chairperson; Council for Exceptional Children,Member
    Debbie Hershey Guren, Board Treasurer Montessori Development Partnerships, President; Hershey Montessori, Board Emeritus; The Hershey Foundation, President and CEO; Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Vice Chair; Holden Forests and Gardens, Board Member

    Martha Loughridge, Secretary Montessori Development Partnerships, Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships Association of Fundraising Professionals, Member

    Jacquelynn Clifford, Board Notetaker Cleveland State University, Ohio Department of Education, and East Cleveland City Schools, Retired Educator; Martha Holden Jennings Scholar Award

    Board Members (Elected - 3-year terms)
    Xavier Allen, Cuyahoga Community College, Adjunct Professor, Math Lynne Breitenstein-Aliberti Association Montessori Internationale (AMI/USA), Director of School and Member Services; AMI/USA,Member

    William Hines, The Lincoln Electric Company, Retired

    Nate McDonald, U.S. Department of Education-Office for Civil Rights, Supervisory Attorney / Team Leader; Montessori High School at University Circle, Former Head of School

    Lisa Simoneau, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Stonebrook-White Montessori Campus, Educator - PreK-K; AMI/USA, Member; AMI/Elementary Alumni Association (EAA, Member; ASCD, Member; National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), Member; Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Member; National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), Member

    CMSD Board Members (Non-elected)
    Eric Gordon Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Chief Executive Officer

    Ariel Hayes Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Stonebrook-White Montessori Campus Principal

    Jacqueline Miller Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Director of Montessori Programming and Operations; AMI/USA, Board Member; International Montessori Training Institute, Board Member; Stonebrook Montessori, Former and Founding Principal

    Community Members Serving on Committees/Working Groups
    Victoria Trotter Green Movement Glenville, Executive Director; Trotter Enterprises, CEO

    Montessori Campus Advisory Board meetings are open to the public.

    MCAB 2021-2022 Meeting Schedule - Approved on 6/22/22 
    - September 28, 2022 (4th Wednesday of the month) 
    - November 16, 2022 (3rd Wednesday of the month because of Thanksgiving)
    - February 22, 2023 (4th Wednesday of the month) 
    - April 26, 2023 (4th Wednesday of the month)
    - June 28, 2023 (4th Wednesday of the month)

    All meetings at 5:30-7:00pm, via videoconference and/or in-person TBD
    Contact MCAB Secretary, Martha Loughridge, mloughridge.mdp@gmail.com, at least 24-hours in advance of the meeting to receive the Zoom link.

    For additional information about the Montessori Campus Advisory Board, contact: Jacqui Miller, Chair, Montessori Campus Advocates, Jacqueline.Miller@clevelandmetroschools.org Debbie Guren, Chair, Development & Finance, dguren@aol.com Bill Hines, Chair, Governance, memo_hines@yahoo.com John Anoliefo, Chair, Executive Committee, johna@famicos.org

    MAKE A DONATION TO SUPPORT PUBLIC MONTESSORI IN CMSD! Montessori Development Partnerships (MDP), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, partners with foundations, corporations, and individuals who contribute funds to support the implementation of an exceptional Montessori education at the Stonebrook-White Montessori Campus. Thank you to our community supporters for their generous gifts! To make a contribution to support the Stonebrook-White Montessori Campus and public Montessori in CMSD, donate now at: https://www.montessori-mdp.org/donate For additional information about Montessori Development Partnerships and making a taxdeductible donation, contact: Martha Loughridge, Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships, mloughridge.mdp@gmail.com, 216-838-2582

    Last updated: 10/12/22