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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees (BOT) is a dedicated group of widely talented individuals committed to preserving and improving Butler Montessori and its mission as an AMI Montessori School serving toddlers through young adolescents.

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The Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring that the Head of School has the resources, guidance and support needed to successfully operate Butler Montessori and the Butler Camp and Equestrian programs.

Passionate about ensuring Butler Montessori’s continued success of providing an outstanding education on its exceptional campus classroom, the Board of Trustees meets regularly and carries its work forward through standing committees: Finance, Development, External Marketing and Buildings, Grounds and Stewardship. The Head of School, Business Manager and a staff/teacher representative (non-voting members) round out the Board.

2019–2020 Board of Trustees

Pictured L to R: Front Row: Jerry Beaulieu, Freddie Gratz, Margo Ball, Lynn Perry Parker, Christine Neigh, Ashley Moss Pham, Lisa Daly. Back Row: CJ Herbert, Scott Chidakel, Laura Manack, Amy Silins, Ron Garraffa.

Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board:
Proud Grandparent of 4 current students. Past Montessori Parent. Past Butler Equestrian Parent. Passionate about education and independent schools. Over the years, I have enjoyed the beautiful setting and festivities like Grandparents day and Fall Festival and others. I hope to contribute and give back to this wonderful environment.
Day Job: Winchester Homes Inc.- Land Acquisitions Contract Manger.
Education: Montgomery College and University of MD.
What I Love About Butler Montessori: Butler Montessori, nurtures the children while teaching respect, independence, responsibility and most of all, the love of learning.

Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board:
Alumna parent and veteran of Going-outs.  Over the years, I’ve had many opportunities to enjoy the grounds and share the campus with others.  With the Building and grounds team, I hope to optimize these resources to continue those traditions.
Day Job: IT Manager
Education: University of MD, University College MS, Computer Systems Management; The George Washington University, MBA; University of Massachusetts, BA, Economics & Political Science
What I Love About Butler Montessori: “The autonomy and emphasis on learning-to-learn allows students to develop an understanding of responsibility, consequences, and choosing the better option.”

Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board: Butler Alumnus. I hope to be able to contribute and give back to the school in order for it to continue in to the future.
Day Job: Operations Manager
Education: The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, B.A., History
What I Love About Butler Montessori: “I firmly believe that Butler ‘prepares children for life.’  Butler plants the seed of independence and understanding at an early age by encouraging productivity and highlighting its reward.”

Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board: My family has been a Butler family since 2013. My wife and I have a son in the intermediate program currently and he started in the primary program. My wife was also the Equestrian Director from 2013 to 2016. My interest in serving on the board began through my participation in the Buildings, Grounds and  Stewardship committee in 2014 where I recognized how important the connection was between the Montessori mission and the facilities, including the buildings and grounds. From that point forward I wanted to contribute to the Butler community through participation, stewardship, and leadership in support of the Butler faculty and families.

Day Job: I am a Civil Construction Engineer and specialize in large capital program delivery for transportation and transit systems. I have been in leadership roles for the DC Streetcar program in Washington, DC and the Purple Line Light Rail project in Maryland. Currently, I am involved with the Ontario Line Subway program in Toronto, Canada.

Education: I have a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida and I am a Certified Construction Manager through the Construction Management Association of America accreditation.

What I love about Butler Montessori: The Butler community provides its students with a path to prepare them for life as a participant that contributes through their education which incorporates the environment. I love to witness the potential of each student become reality through the Montessori mission. Each student’s journey encompasses education, community, responsibility, and stewardship of the environment.

Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board:
Passionate about education and helping nonprofits
BOT Role, Committee Membership And/Or Expertise
Finance Committee chair
Day Job: Squire, Lemkin + Company LLP, Senior Auditor
Education: Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, M.B.A.
Shepherd University, B.S., Accounting and Business Administration
What I Love About Butler Montessori: “Butler Montessori prioritizes the educational and developmental needs of every student, individually and as a class, and fully embraces that each child has an innate ability to be their best when given the choice and the opportunity.”

Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board:
Proud Butler alumnus. Specialization: Development and Alumni engagement.
Day Job: Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, Attorney
Education: Butler School, the College of William & Mary B.A., Michigan State College of Law J.D.
What I Love About Butler Montessori: “Butler School taught me to love learning.”

Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board: Grateful parent of a Butler alumna who attended Grades 5-8 and is currently a junior in the Humanities magnet program at Poolesville High School; enthusiastic supporter of Montessori education & Butler's performing arts program.  

Day Job: Retired MCPS Humanities magnet teacher; current GT Program Director, APLUS Learning Center/Rockville, Maryland

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English, University of South Carolina;  Sorbonne University, Certificat de Langue & Civilisation Francaise; Master of Arts in English Literature, University of Pennsylvania

What I Love About Butler Montessori: I love Butler's humane approach to education -- in other words, their beautiful execution of the Montessori philosophy & pedagogical principles. When Butler faculty and administration speak of educating and attending to the "whole child," they actually mean it and do it. I perceive that, as a result of attending Butler Montessori in the critical years leading up to and throughout middle school, my daughter's integrity as a human being has emerged intact (something that I believe is too often compromised in schools that don't emphasize community, service, care for the environment, autonomy, responsibility, etc.). The Butler emphasis on independence has made my road a bit rougher as the parent of a now 16 year old, but I have faith that, in the end, the independence of mind and strength that Butler encouraged will serve my daughter extremely well. I always think that Butler's acorn logo is so apt, for when I think of the school's impact upon my child, I always have the image of a mighty oak, her roots sunk deep in the earth. Butler has shaped my daughter academically, to be sure, but it has done so much more for her than that. It has supplemented and nourished her existence in all the ways that I fell short, that our society fell short, that her traditional schooling fell short and for that I am indebted to the Butler community forever.

Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board:
Passionate about education
BOT Role, Committee Membership And/Or Expertise
Provides legal counsel to Butler Montessori
Day Job: LPP Law, Principal Owner and Attorney
Education: The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Doctor of Law (J.D.); The George Washington University, B.A., Political Science with an Economics Minor
What I Love About Butler Montessori: “The dedication and authenticity of the school’s teacher staff, leadership, and community to developing lifelong learners.”

Connection To Butler/Interest In Serving On The Board:
Parent of alumni students
BOT Role, Committee Membership And/Or Expertise
Finance Committee Member, expertise in Information Technology, Strategic Planning and Program and Portfolio Governance
Day Job: Emergent BioSolutions, Senior Director, Project Management Office
Education: University of Vermont, B.S., Computer Science with an Economics Minor
What I Love About Butler Montessori: “We are thankful to have found Butler Montessori. It has been a special place that has supported the development of our daughters’ whole self through experiential learning of academics, music, arts, nature and physical education. It has guided them toward independence and created the basis for education as a lifelong endeavor.”


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