Board Information

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 school’s operating committee.

Board of Directors

Paige Schlake (Vice President)

January 2018 – December 2020

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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.

Cindy Burns (Treasurer)

July 2018 – June 2021

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Cindy Burns is a professional geologist and project manager for an environmental engineering, construction, and consulting firm. 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 2018, 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.

George Rau

June 2019 – May 2021

George Rau has worked as a teacher, coach, and principal in the private education sector, having founded Colorado’s Crested Butte Academy for skiing. He is a certified financial advisor with Primerica, having held the position of Regional Vice President, managing a $25 million portfolio. He is an avid supporter of charter schools, also currently holding the position of Treasurer of Juniper Ridge Community School. Previously, Mr. Rau has also served on the District 51 budget committee.

Emily Langner (Secretary)

September 2019 – August 2021

Emily Langner is the editor and staff writer for the New England publication, High-Profile Monthly. She has a bachelor’s degree in Technical Journalism: Television News & Video Communications from Colorado State University. Before pursuing a career as a print writer, she spent 15 years as a producer and director of photography in the television and film industry.

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Nick Bardo

September 2020 – August 2022

Nick Bardo, PhD, is an assistant professor of teacher education in Colorado Mesa University’s Center for Teacher Education. At CMU, Bardo’s teaching includes methods of teaching elementary science and social studies, teaching to diversity, what it means to be an educator, and teaching as a profession. Bardo taught abroad as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati, Guatemala, and China and domestically in New Hampshire, Hawaii, Ohio, and Florida.

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