Montessori Children's House of Laramie Governance
The MCHL Board of Directors oversees preschool governance. The Board sets tuition rates, approves the annual budget, sets the School calendar, hires the head teacher and sets Policies.
The current Board is composed of 5 volunteers. The Board of Directors may be composed of a combination of:
parents or guardians of the School’s enrollees
Friends of Laramie Montessori Board Members
At least one member of the Board of Directors is a non-parent member. The Head Teacher serves as a non-voting member of the Board.
The bylaws of MCHL (available HERE) contain more information about MCHL governance.
Carol is a founder of MCHL and LMS. Carol is a mom to two children who attended Montessori preschool at the age of 3. She and her husband, Chip, have adopted Montessori principles at home over the years and are grateful to have their children attend Laramie Montessori School since it's opening.
Jessica Schillinger is a user interface and data designer at the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming. With over a decade of experience working in non-profit organizations, Jessica has spent her career assisting universities, research centers, advocacy organizations and others to orient their marketing strategies, institutional messaging and publications to better benefit communities, educate stakeholders and inform local, state and national policy makers. She currently serves as web chair for AIGA Colorado, the country's largest professional organization for design and has served on the boards for the Association for University Business and Economic Research, Evangel University Department of Communications, and Dialogue Church (Muncie, IN). She lives in Laramie with her husband David and one-and-a-half year-old daughter, Magdalene.
A Laramie resident since 2013, Evelyn is excited to help grow the Montessori community in Laramie. Evelyn has a MA in historic preservation, served as a Program Director for two AmeriCorps programs, and has previous experience teaching in a Montessori preschool.
Brandi Hecker is a long term resident of Laramie, WY with twelve years of administrative experience. She currently serves as accountant for the University of Wyoming in the College of Health Sciences Division of Communication Disorders. She has two young children, Channing (age 4 1/2 years, a current student of MCHL) and Daelynn (age 2 1/2 years old, a prospective student of MCHL). Brandi appreciates the rich learning environment MCHL provides that she notes encourages growth and self-esteem while providing a valuable learning modality needed in Laramie. Brandi is hopeful to keep the enthusiasm going strong and to promote awareness of the MCHL resource to the Laramie community.
Mark Crawford is the Director of Laramie Montessori, grades K-6 public charter school. Prior to moving to WY to step into this position, Mark served for 30 years as a Kansas public educator, serving first as a Junior High School teacher for 12 years and later as principal and superintendent—all within Kansas, his home state. Mark is early into his Montessori journey and is currently completing administrative coursework at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder. Mark and his wife are empty nesters (they have three adult children). He says he jumped at the chance to move to Wyoming to also enjoy the camping, hiking and “anything in the mountains and wild spaces”.