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

PERRY CABOT (PRESIDENT)

July 2017 – Oct 2019

Contact Info: p.cabot@mvmcharter.org

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.

Lora Stanfield-Rohlman (secretary)

Lora Stanfield-Rohlman attained her Montessori Credential in 1992 through Montessori World Education Institute. She was the Directress of Kinderhaus Montessori School of the Monterey Peninsual from 1991-1994, when she came back to her hometown of Grand Junction to start her own Montessori Program. The program ran until 2010 when she became Director of Christian Community Preschool. She currently sits on the Early Childhood Council Steering Committee. Lora loves working with teachers in the areas of music/circle time, geography/social studies, math and language for Montessori and traditional Early Childhood Education.

CINDY BURNS (treasurer)

July 2018 – June 2020

Contact Info: c.burns@mvmcharter.org

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.

PAIGE SCHLAKE

January 2018 – December 2019

Contact Info: p.schlake@mvmcharter.org

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.

George Rau

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.

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