Our mission is to provide a Montessori preschool and kindergarten that guides a diverse group of children to become joyful, confident lifelong learners who respect others and the world around them. In our vision, Children’s House students are extraordinary citizens, independent, responsible, unique and confident in their abilities to influence their world.

Children’s House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The board of directors supports and assists the Children’s House Montessori School in fulfilling its mission and vision. The board serves as a governing committee to oversee long-range planning, to create policy and procedures for the school, to approve the annual budget, and to hire and evaluate the Executive Director.

Our current board of directors is composed of parents of currently enrolled students, parents of former students, faculty representative and executive director. Board members are selected based on their skills, enthusiasm for the mission and vision of the Children’s House, and a core belief in the people and the work of the school.

Term Expires:


Evan Austill, Jr.
Bob Freeman, Chair
Susan Meador
Emeka Oputa
Bobby Perry
Adam Small


Todd Cruse
Carolyn Hyatt
Emily Parish, Chair-elect
Pamela Scretchen


Will Alexander
Andy Corts
Donna Hicks
Maya Sethi
William Smallman
Executive Director is an Ex-Officio member of the Board of Directors.

Board Member Expectations

  • Serve a 3 year term
  • Participate in board orientation/training, monthly meetings and special sessions and actively serve on at least one board committee or task force; On average members can expect to contribute approximately 5 hours per month on the board and its committees
  • Prepare for and attend at least 75% of all scheduled board meetings each year
  • Complete assignments on time
  • Make a financial gift each year of service
  • Assist in the school fundraising efforts by participating in fundraising activities including the annual House Fund, Winter Bazaar, and Spring Auction
  • Assist in recruiting new members to the board

Board Committees


  • Manages annual fundraising campaign for the school’s “House Fund”
  • Oversees the school’s two major fundraising events, specifically the Winter Bazaar and the annual Spring Auction
  • Coordinates with Communications Committee to build alumni, parent and community relationships


  • Oversees the school’s operating and capital budgets
  • Makes recommendations to the board regarding the financial management of the Children’s House

Board Talent

  • Seeks candidates for the board and leadership positions whose skills, experience and enthusiasm match the current needs
  • Manages the overall nominating process for board members