Montessori Campus Advisory Board
The Montessori Campus Advisory Board was formed as a result of 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 are we: 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.
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
Service - the act of assistance, help, or support
Development and Finance Committee
Community Engagement Committee
Montessori Education Committee
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
Board Roster for 2020-2021
Nathaniel (Nate) McDonald, Board President
U.S. Department of Education-Office for Civil Rights, Supervisory Attorney / Team Leader; Montessori High School at University Circle, Former Head of School
Debra (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
Jacquelynn Clifford, Board Secretary
Cleveland State University, Ohio Department of. Education, and East Cleveland City Schools, Retired Educator; Martha Holden Jennings Scholar.
Ex Officio Board Members
Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Chief Executive Officer
Ariel (Ari) Hayes
Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Stonebrook-White Montessori Campus Principal
Jacqueline (Jacqui) 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
Board Members (3-year terms)
Famicos Foundation, Executive Director
Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, CFO & VP of Administration
Association Montessori Internationale (AMI/USA), Director of School Affiliation and Consultation; AMI/USA, Member
The Lincoln Electric Company, Retired
OhioGuidestone, Director of Counseling Programs
Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Stonebrook-White Montessori Campus Intervention Specialist; 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
Neighbor to Neighbor, Chairperson; Council for Exceptional Children, Member
Community Members Serving on Committees
Walsh Jesuit High School, Equity & Inclusion
A Beautiful Mind Foundation, CEO; Professional affiliations with: Mental Health Advocacy Coalition (MHAC), Alcohol, Drug, Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board (ADAMHS), National Alliance Mental Illness (NAMI), Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), Recovery Resources, ADM Board, and Landmark Recovery.
Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Life Skills Coach
Ruffing Montessori School, After-care Coordinator
Montessori Development Partnerships, Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships; Association of Fundraising Professionals, Member; Neighborhood Leadership Development Program, Graduate (Cohort 2)
United Labor Agency, Business Development Coordinator
Green Movement Glenville, Executive Director; Trotter Enterprises, CEO
Montessori Campus Advisory Board meetings are open to the public. Board meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of the month, 5:30-7:00pm, via Zoom. Contact Martha Loughridge, email@example.com, at least 24-hours in advance of the meeting to receive the Zoom link.
The Board is seeking community leaders to join committees as well as the board. We invite individuals who have a commitment to Cleveland's eastside communities and education. Montessori experience is not required, but an interest and curiosity in Montessori is important.
For additional information about the Montessori Campus Advisory Board, contact:
Jacqueline (Jacqui) Miller, Chair, Montessori Education Committee, Community Engagement Committee, Jacqueline.Miller@clevelandmetroschools.org
Debra (Debbie) Guren, Chair, Development & Finance Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Hines, Chair, Governance Committee, email@example.com
Nathaniel (Nate) McDonald, Chair, Executive Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information about Montessori Development Partnerships and making a tax-deductible donation, contact:
Martha Loughridge, Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships, email@example.com, 216-838-2582
Last updated: 5/17/21