• MONTESSORI CAMPUS ADVISORY BOARD The Montessori Campus Advisory Board (MCAB) was formed on July 1, 2020 in conjunction with the creation of Stonebrook - White Montessori Campus when Stonebrook Montessori (formerly a charter school) and Michael R. White Elementary School merged. The purpose of the board is to be a partner with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in the implementation of the Montessori pedagogy at Stonebrook - White Montessori Campus.

    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 and parents 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.

    MCAB WORKING GROUPS AND COMMITTEES 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, Famicos Foundation. Zoom is also available. Contact the co-chairs for the Zoom link.

    Co-Chairs/Facilitators: Jacquelynn Clifford, jacquelynnhinklec@yahoo.com and Jacqui Miller, Jacqueline.Miller@clevelandmetroschools.org


    Montessori Education Committee 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, 6:00-7:00pm, via Zoom. Contact the chair for the Zoom link.

    Chair/Facilitator: Lynne Breitenstein-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: Fundraising is discussed at MDP’s weekly meeting on Mondays at 12pm. Contact the chair for the Zoom link. Chair/Facilitator: Debbie Guren, dguren@aol.com 


    The Governance Committee works to sustain strong and diverse board membership which is accountable to the overall mission of the board. The Governance Committee manages board operations.

    Meetings: Meets 2-4 times per year. Contact the chair for meeting dates and 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.



    Board Officers (Elected - 3-year terms as board members; 1-year term as officers)

    William Hines, Interim President

    The Lincoln Electric Company, Retired 

    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; Grant Professionals Association, Member

    Board Members (Elected - 3-year terms)

    Xavier Allen, Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District, Educator-Mathematics

    John Anoliefo, Famicos Foundation, Executive Director

    Lynne Breitenstein-Aliberti, Association Montessori International of the United States (AMI/USA), Director of School and Member Operations; AMI Member

    Jacquelynn Clifford, Cleveland State University, Ohio Department of Education, and East Cleveland City Schools, Retired Educator; Martha Holden Jennings Scholar Award; Grandparent of a Stonebrook - White Montessori Campus student

    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

    Charm Warren, Resource Alliance Home Care, Personal Care Assistant; Music Industry Executive, Retired; Grandparent and great-grandparent of Stonebrook - White Montessori Campus students

    Board Members (Non-elected - CMSD)

    Dr. Warren Morgan, 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



    Montessori Campus Advisory Board meetings are open to the public. Fourth/Last Wednesday of the month (except third Wednesday in December)

    MCAB Meeting Schedule 2023-2024 (Approved June 28, 2023)

    • 5:30pm-7:00pm via Zoom, 1-2 meetings in-person on campus
    • August 30, 2023 - Zoom
    • October 25, 2023 - Zoom or in-person, TBD
    • December 20, 2023 - In-person in the Lower Campus Community Room
    • February 28, 2024 - Zoom or in-person, TBD
    • April 24, 2024 - Zoom or in-person, TBD
    • June 26, 2024 - Annual Meeting, in-person

    All meetings at 5:30-7:00pm, via videoconference and/or in-person, TBD

    For additional information about the Montessori Campus Advisory Board, contact: MCAB Secretary, Martha Loughridge, mloughridge.mdp@gmail.com. To receive the Zoom link for an MCAB meeting, please send an email at least 24-hours in advance of the meeting.


    Donations are directed to urgent needs in support of the implementation of Montessori. With school budgets stretched to the max to cover operating expenses, MDP receives requests during the year to support credentialing, coaching, materials, and special projects. Our goal is to raise $100,000 to be able to support high-fidelity implementation of 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



    Last updated: 12/15/23