The Board currently consists of volunteers who are parents of current or alumni students, but may also include volunteers who are members of the community. The Board is responsible for the policies and finances of the school and for overseeing the Executive Director, whose job it is to implement those policies and who is responsible for the overall daily operation of the school, including the budget and staff oversight. As a non-voting member of the Board, the Executive Director works very closely with the Board to develop policies that are in the best interests of our children, families, and staff. Additionally, the Board serves as a resource and provides the Executive Director and staff with support as needed. The Board members are unpaid volunteers who donate their time and are not permitted to receive any monetary compensation from the school for their work. For further information please contact the Board at BWMCHboard@bryantwoodsmontessori.com
Why We Volunteer as Trustees:
Quite simply, we believe we are touching future generations in profound ways. Through our work with the school, we are helping young children develop a love of learning that will continue for the rest of their lives. We believe that by helping them establish a firm foundation in areas like academics, initiative, grace, courtesy and respect, they will become valuable additions to our society, making our world a better place to live for everyone.
In addition, serving on the Board strengthens our community. As with any volunteer opportunity, such an effort allows you to meet new people, learn new skills, and share your knowledge.
Composition of the Board:
Regular board members with full voting privileges attend most scheduled meetings. Ideally, we would like to have 9 regular members, including parents of students, alumni parents, and members of the community. We also welcome Members at Large and Advisory Members. Members at Large are individuals that are usually invited to be part of the Board for a short period of time for a specific purpose. Advisory Members are people with skills in a specific area who cannot meet the time requirements for the other types of membership. (Voting privileges for these latter groups are negotiable and depend on the reason for recruiting such a member). The Board has four officer positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary) along with General Members.
Board of Trustees:
Richard Pollard, President, joined the Board in the fall of 2019. Richard’s wife Christelle, who has a Ph.D. in Econometrics, is also an active member of the school’s Parents Guild. Their daughter is currently thriving as a second-year student at BWMCH.
Richard and Christelle found BWMCH through their search for the best Pre-K educational experience available. They both wanted their daughter to have a warm, loving and nurturing environment that provided both the freedom and professional guidance required to realize the full potential of the Montessori approach.
Prior to being a father, Richard worked as an Electrical Design Engineer, Software Engineer and Architect. He has held notable positions such as the Senior Design Engineer on the National Ballistic Missile Defense System, designed the industry’s first just-in-sequence manufacturing system used by the Hyundai Motor Company and was the Executive Office of the President’s Software Architect for the Obama administration.
Richard holds the rank of Black Belt in three styles and previously managed a Martial Arts school that trained several international champions.
While not working in technology and data science, Richard enjoys building fine custom furniture for a variety of clients in and around the Maryland and DC area.
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