The Monument View Montessori Charter School Board of Directors will be comprised of from five to seven members, and will always include a majority of parents. The Board will be elected by the parents/guardians of the students attending Monument View Montessori Charter School and will operate according to the by-laws laid out by the schools operating committee.
Board of Directors
Perry Cabot (President)
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Dr. Perry Cabot is an agricultural research scientist for Colorado State University. He is the Research and Extension Leader for the Western Colorado Research Center at Fruita, CO. He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering and Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zambia in 2008. He currently oversees research on irrigation water conservation, agricultural water use efficiency, sustainable and alternative cropping systems and water outreach programs for the Colorado Water Institute on the Western Slope. He made one of the best decisions of his life to move to the Grand Valley with his wife Leah and son Oliver. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, fly-fishing, canoeing and hiking.
CINDY BURNS (VICE PRESIDENT)
Cindy Burns is a professional geologist and regional operations manager for an environmental engineering, construction, and consulting firm based in Idaho. She met her husband Wil while they were studying geology at the University of Tennessee. In 2008, they moved from Knoxville, TN to Denver, CO to get a better taste of the adventures that Colorado offers. Cindy, Wil, and their daughter Rory moved to Fruita in July 208, and sought out Monument View Montessori based on familiarity with prior Montessori schools. Since moving to the Grand Valley, Cindy and her family have been enjoying the area’s festivals, museums, and mountain biking and hiking trails.
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Jesse Sheley grew up on Colorado’s Western Slope. He is currently a Wealth Management Advisor for Merrill Lynch, Peirce, Fenner, and Smith Inc., in charge of coordinating the financial affairs of a select group of families, retirees and business owners to help them achieve their financial goals. Jesse received his M.S. in Personal Financial Planning from the College for Financial Planning in Centennial, Colorado. He also received his B.A. in Economics and B.A. in History from Western State College. He holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation from the College for Financial Planning, and the Certified Financial Planner certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Jesse serves with the Knights of Columbus and Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce. In the past, he has also served in the Collbran Lions Club, the Plateau Valley Friends of the Library and the Plateau Valley Association.
Paige Schlake’s passion for facilitating children’s learning began over twenty years ago as an outdoor educator with Midwestern prairies and then coastal Redwood forests for her classroom. Within a few years, she came back indoors, teaching K-8 students in a variety of charter schools that each honored the unique learning process of individual students. Prompted by the need to set up a nursery, Paige delved into the Montessori literature and experienced a life-changing epiphany when she saw how all the various principles she had adopted throughout her career had already been integrated, not only into a coherent educational philosophy, but indeed a way of life, by a trailblazing Italian woman named Maria Montessori. A Colorado credentialed Elementary and Special Education teacher, she is certified by North American Montessori Center as an infant/toddler (0-3) Montessori teacher and is currently pursuing ages 3-6 certification. Practicing at home what she teaches at school, she and her husband enjoy witnessing their toddler son engage his whole world as his schoolhouse and deepen his curiosity and independence at every turn.
REBECCA KIEFER (TREASURER)
Becky Kiefer has been employed by the City of Grand Junction for the past decade and she currently holds a position in the Crime Lab. Becky returned to college in 2017 to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Colorado State University Global. She enjoys attending local festivals and concerts as well as the many outside activities available in our beautiful mountains surrounding Fruita.
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