“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world:
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
The members of the TVM Board of Directors (The Board) formulate the mission statement for our Montessori program and are dedicated to the implementation of the mission and goals outlined by the various school committees. The Board is also charged with stewarding and strengthening Montessori school programs and services, enhancing the school's public standing, ensuring legal and ethical integrity and accountability, recruiting and orienting new board members. Other responsibilities include, selecting and collaborating with the Principal to provide adequate and competent resources, and to ensure and promote effective organizational planning and monitoring for the exemplary delivery of a quality Montessori program education. Treasure Village Montessori School's Board of Directors is responsible for raising funds to cover the additional costs required to fund a charter school program; like those of securing and maintaining appropriate facilities. The Treasure Village Montessori School's Board of Directors engages in regular, scheduled events that raise funds to support this cause. They also review policies and procedures to ensure that the short and long term goals, of our charter school, along with the mission statement are being met. The Board usually meets at the school the third Tuesday of each month. Meetings are open to the public and the meeting schedule is posted on the school calendar.
Directors of Treasure Village Montessori
Jack Vandelaar, Chairman
Mr. Jack Vandelaar is a Captain with US Airways on the Airbus 300. He also teaches as an Adjunct Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science and his Masters degree in Aeronautical Education and Management - both from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was raised in Anchorage, and is proud to be a father of three very intelligent, strong girls. His youngest daughter is a TVM student. Jack and his wife, Jana, embrace the Florida Keys’ unique “treasures” and believe Treasure Village Montessori perfectly exemplifies how extraordinary gifts are found when individuality is encouraged. Although traveling is a huge part of their lives, both have actively participated in fundraising efforts from the beginning of their daughter’s education at TVM. As a Board member as Jack hopes to “help make a powerful school even stronger.” Jack joined the Board in 2013.
Narelle Prew, Vice Chairman
Originally from Australia, Narelle began her career in Sydney as a liaison officer with AAP/ Reuters. She spent many hours on trading floors training traders on financial information packages. Narelle transferred to AAP’s IT Department as a trainee computer operator, later becoming a shift supervisor. Narelle moved to London, England, in 1989 and contracted for Credit Suisse First Boston’s IT Department in London’s West End for 3 years. She then spent 6 months in Johannesburg, South Africa, as Sales Co-Ordinator for RTT (South Africa’s largest privately owned transport company).
Narelle returned to England and worked in IT recruitment, again in London’s West End. Narelle moved to Key Largo in 1995. She assisted in opening and operating The Gift House, and later helped transform the gift shop to what is now The Fish House Encore Restaurant. She enjoys being a full-time mom to two children whom attend TVM. Narelle joined the board in 2013.
Shawn Burchfield, Secretary
A native of the Keys, Shawn Burchfield is an Accountant at Baptist Health South Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance. Shawn has significant experience in financial reporting, general ledger maintenance, and budgeting & management operations. Prior to becoming an Accountant, Shawn worked in the real estate industry and as a Promotions Director for Clear Channel Communications. Shawn’s daughter has been a student at TVM since VPK. She believes that parental involvement in the learning process can improve learning outcomes.She joined the board in 2015.
Nancy Hull, Treasurer
Rosemary Donnelly is a Reserve Portfolio Manager for Southern Wine and Spirits. Prior to working for Southern Wine she worked for the Florida Keys Restaurant Management group, as the General Manager for several restaurants in the Keys. Rosemary and her husband moved to Key Largo from Banff Alberta Canada in 1996, where they both were in the Hospitality Industry. Rosemary and her husband Buck, own a global spice company. They also produce a Key's cooking show, airing on local television. Rosemary was born and raised in Ontario Canada and is a graduate of Lakehead University, with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is a certified sommelier, and a certified Spirts Specialist. Both of her children were introduced to Montessori school programs at a very young age, and have found TVM to be a perfect fit to further their academics.
Ms. Cano is a Human Resources & Benefits System Analyst for ADP TotalSoure, Inc., a Professional Employer Organization division of Automatic Data Processing. She has held multiple positions during her 17 year tenure at ADP advancing her career in the Health and Welfare management industry. In addition, she provides directional assistance and support to Kidworks USA, Inc., a family owned Quality Counts 5 Star, Apple Gold Seal, NAEYC accredited private preschool licensed to provide more than 300 children with child care services ranging from infant to VPK, along with a private kindergarten and after school and summer camp program to the residents of Miami Lakes and surrounding areas. She was born and raised in Miami and spending most of her summers as a child enjoying the life offered by living in the FL Keys, Denise moved to Islamorada in 2009 with her husband after completing their dream of building a home where they could raise their two children in an environment similar to when they were children. She currently works from home providing her the ability to be an active member in her children’s education and joined the board at TVM in 2013.
Board members chair one of the five committees designed to oversee Treasure Village Montessori's school policy and procedures. Committees are established to enhance and sometimes monitor the growth and progress of the school. These committees may contain volunteers from the parent body and the surrounding community in addition to a board member. Staff, although they participate in committee events don't usually sit on committees due to the level of commitment and dedication to their teaching responsibilities. Parents make up the vital core of our committees and fundamental the success of each. Committees include Fundraising, Marketing and Public Relations, Facilities, Compliance, PTO and the School Advisory Committee.
The Fundraising Committee is charged with the responsibility of raising $100,000 every year. This money is vital to the operation of our charter school, and covers expenses such as cultural programs and classroom materials that could not otherwise be implemented or bought due to budget constraints. There are approximately six events throughout the year and include fishing tournaments, art shows and food tastings. This committee is vital to the school and parents are highly encouraged to participate. This committee welcomes volunteers via a per event commitment or for the entire school year. Co-Chairs: Shawn Burchfield and Rosie Donnelly
The Marketing and Public Relations Committee organizes those areas that promote and highlight the brand and success of our charter school as well as the promotion of events through e-marketing, social media, posters, postcards, clothing development and other Treasure Village Montessori related products. This committee is for those with good writing, proof reading or research and development skills. Chair: Jennifer Marble
The Facilities Committee acts a sounding board to the principal in regards to facility development. This committee also overseas and reviews inspection reports from local inspectors, ensuring that factors related to health and safety are being reviewed and addressed. Maintaining and improving on the property remains the priority for this committee. Those who are knowledgeable in construction, property management, permitting and other related areas would be best suited for this committee. Chair: Jack Vandelaar
The Compliance Committee is made up of those professionals that have experience with contracts and other technical jargon. These members are good proofreaders and help review and occasionally help develop documents such as the by-laws, personnel policies and parent handbook. This group mostly communicates through emails, occasionally meeting to discuss related issues. Co-Chairs:Dennis W. Ward, J. D. and Denise Cano
The School Advisory Committee is the most technical committee of all. This committee reviews and consults on student achievement and academic progress. Teachers and others with knowledge in the area of education would be best suited for this committee. Chair: Nancy Hull
The PTO Committee - This is a newly formed committee for the 16-17 school year. More info to come soon.
Chair: Narelle Prew
Minutes from Monthly Meetings
September '16 Minutes
October '16 Minutes
December '16 Minutes
January '17 Minutes
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