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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?

MMCI is a local, volunteer-driven, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that manages two Frederick County public Montessori charter schools – Carroll Creek Montessori (CCM), opened in fall 2012, and Monocacy Valley Montessori (MVM), opened in fall 2002.

MMCI is the legal entity which originated the application and holds the school's charter (or contract) with the Frederick County Board of Education and is responsible for ensuring 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, after school enrichment, and summer camps. MMCI is the leaseholder for our current building and holds the responsibility of securing our new location.

MMCI’s schools are open to all children that live in Frederick County and begin with Pre-K at age 3. All members of both the MVM and CCM communities—parents, staff, founders whose children are not yet school age—are automatically members of  MMCI. The nonprofit is governed by a Board of Trustees (BOT), elected annually from the membership. The BOT is responsible for setting the mission and strategic direction of the organization with oversight of the organization’s finances, operations, and overarching policies.

MMCI Board of Trustees (BOT)

Tara Dunsmore

President
Term Ends: 06/30/2023

Jen Kuhn

Secretary
Term Ends: 06/30/2023

Jeff Koehler

Treasurer
Term Ends: 06/30/2022

Amy Sullivan

Assistant Treasurer
Term Ends: 06/30/2023

Christopher Chandler

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

Jennifer Mayo

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

Shemica Sheppard

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

Molly Carlson

Parent Trustee - CCMPCS
Term Ends: 12/31/2022

Elizabeth Landru

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

Nichole Dowlearn

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

Elise Goodwin

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

Vacant

Parent Trustee - MVMPCS
Term Ends: 12/31/2022

Kathleen Lutrell

Friend of Education
Term Ends: 12/31/2021

Vacant

Friend of Education

Carrie Jean Rathmell

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

Tori McCarthy

MVMPCS Governing Council Chair (Non-Voting)
Term Ends: 12/31/2022