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Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School (MVMPCS) is managed by Monocacy Montessori Communities Inc., (MMCI) and is governed by a Governing Council, consisting of parents, the principal, staff representatives, and members of the Frederick community.

What is MMCI?

Monocacy Montessori Communities, Inc. (MMCI) is a local, volunteer-driven, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that manages two Frederick County public Montessori charter schools – Carroll Creek Montessori, opened in fall 2012, and Monocacy Valley Montessori, opened in fall 2002. MMCI’s schools are open to all children that live in Frederick County and begin with Pre-K at age 3.

All members of the MVMPCS community—parents, staff, founders whose children are not yet school age—are automatically members of Monocacy Montessori Communities, Inc. (MMCI). This nonprofit membership corporation is the legal entity which originated the application and holds the charter (or contract) with the Frederick County Board of Education. It is responsible for our compliance with the charter agreement and negotiating any necessary changes or amendments to the charter. It also runs and funds all support programs that serve our school community, such as before and after care. It leases our current building and will find our new location.

What is the Governing Council?

The Governing Council is a standing committee of the Board of Trustees and serves as the policy making body for MVMPCS. The Governing Council also serves as our School Improvement Team (SIT), required by the FCPS charter school policy, This independence is a result of our status as a charter school and allows us to develop policies necessary to realize the goals of our school’s charter and meet the needs of our families. This is a truly unique opportunity within the public school system.

The parent positions on the GC are filled by parents of current MVMPCS students. Elections for these positions are held every fall as current members’ two year terms expire in rotation. Staff elects their own representatives. GC meetings are open to all parents and staff; minutes are published on our Google groups School News Forum.

Much of the work of the GC and MMCI is carried out by parents and teachers working on a large number of committees—library, volunteer, building & grounds, strategic planning, staffing, community outreach/hospitality, communications and fundraising. Parents, faculty and staff are urged to join a committee and help in the development and continuing operation of the school. Parental involvement is critical to the success of the school.

MVMPCS School Leadership

Governing Council (GC)

Tori McCarthy

Chair/Parent Representative
Term Ends: 12/31/2020

Eddie Benites

Secretary/Parent Representative
Term Ends: 12/31/2020

Jen Shemer

Parent Representative
Term Ends: 12/31/2020

Kevin Lynn

Parent Representative
Term Ends: 12/31/2021

Amy Dorman

Principal

Amanda Bodden

Staff Representative

Sarah Brooks

Staff Representative

Elizabeth Landru

BOT Vice President - MVMPCS
Term Ends: 06/30/2022

Kevin Kusmider

Friend of Education
Term Ends: 12/31/2020

Janet Robertson

Friend of Education
Term Ends: 12/31/2021
MMCI Board of Trustees (BOT)

Molly Spence

President
Term Ends: 06/30/2021

Elizabeth Landru

Vice President - MVMPCS
Term Ends: 06/30/2022

Christopher Chandler

Vice President - CCMPCS
Term Ends: 06/30/2022

Jen Kuhn

Secretary
Term Ends: 06/30/2021

Jeff Koehler

Treasurer
Term Ends: 06/30/2022

Tara Dunsmore

Assistant Treasurer
Term Ends: 06/30/2021

Deb Knox Teitel

Parent Trustee - MVMPCS
Term Ends: 12/31/2020

Rita Shewbridge

Parent Trustee - MVMPCS
Term Ends: 12/31/2021

Nichole Dowlearn

Parent Trustee - MVMPCS
Term Ends: 12/31/2021

Jennifer Mayo

Parent Trustee - CCMPCS
Term Ends: 12/31/2021

Shemica Sheppard

Parent Trustee - CCMPCS
Term Ends: 12/31/2021

Travis Creamer

Parent Trustee - CCMPCS
Term Ends: 12/31/2020

Kim Sexton

Friend of Education
Term Ends: 12/31/2021

Vacant

Friend of Education

Tori McCarthy

MVMPCS Governing Council Chair (Non-Voting)
Term Ends: 12/31/2020

Carrie Jean Rathmell

CCMPCS Governing Council Chair (Non-Voting)
Term Ends: 12/31/2021