MFS Board of Directors
Montessori Family School is a non-profit entity, tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In keeping with that status and with the best practices recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools and the California Association of Independent Schools, it is governed by a Board of Directors who volunteer their time to the school. Board members are the parents of current students, parents of alumni, and professionals in the community who are dedicated to Montessori education.
The Board of Directors has three principal duties: (1) it selects, evaluates, and supports the Head of School, to whom it delegates authority to manage the school; (2) it develops broad institutional policies that guide the Head in running the school; and (3) it is accountable for the financial well-being of the school.
The Board of Directors acts only as a whole; its individual members have no authority to act unless they have been authorized to do so by the Board as a whole. The day-to-day operations of the school are the responsibility of the Head of School; as such, the Board does not respond to questions about such matters nor can it respond to anonymous communications.
One subset of the Board of Directors is the COVID Response Team; a list of its members can be found below.
The 2020 - 2021 Board of Directors
The COVID Response Team (CRT)
Board Chair, Oak Knoll Montessori School (Pasadena)
MFS Communications and El Cerrito Campus Site Administrator
Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University
MFS Early Childhood Campus Director
Anne Marie Richard
MFS Board Vice Chair
Head of School
MFS Board Chair