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Board of Directors

Board of Directors Biographies

Cedar River Montessori School (CRMS) is governed by a board of directors that is responsible for guiding and assessing the effective implementation of the CRMS mission:
Cedar River Montessori School fosters the innate curiosity of the child, presenting learning experiences that cultivate independent, creative thinkers who continuously build their understanding of themselves and the world around them.

The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance and fiscal stability of Cedar River Montessori School.

Tasks of the board include: engage in the strategic planning process, network within the broader community for advancement opportunities, and hire and evaluate the Head of School. The Board of Directors is made up of no fewer than five members who serve three year terms.

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  • Board Directors, 2021

    Sephy Elizai
    Originally from Texas, Sephy made his way to the Northwest by attending Seattle University after his four-year US Air Force tour of duty. He became an educator working with the Ministry of Education in Tel Aviv, Israel. Sephy has been a language teacher also in Watsonville, Aptos and Santa Cruz, California. In 2018-2019, Sephy worked as the Spanish Language Specialist at Cedar River Montessori School, and he is excited to remain connected to the school by serving on the Board. Sephy is presently a Spanish Teacher at Washington Preparatory School in Bothell.

    Renae Howard
    Bio coming soon!

    Noah Prince
    Noah Prince is a top-tier, recognized talent in helping business and organizational leaders consider culture, relationships and personal growth with a focus on equity and inclusion. He brings a consultative approach that focuses on engaging people in an impactful way. Noah has 15+ years of experience as a leader in equity, inclusion and leadership development work. Noah works with Fortune 500 companies, tech start-ups, education groups, non-profits and individual clients. He holds a BA in Black Feminist Thought from Evergreen State College, Tacoma and a M.Ed. from Temple University.

    Jill Pugh
    Bio coming soon!

     
  • Board Officers, 2021

    Tom Darlow, President
    Tom Darlow lives in Seattle with his wife, a scientist, and two school aged children. He loves walking, kayaking and reading. Tom has been an educator since 1996 first teaching in his home country of England and then moving to the USA in 2000. He has worked in a variety of private schools both large and small, dual language, all-girls and gifted to name a few. His roles have included Head of Lower School, Technology Director and of course Classroom Teacher. Presently, Tom is Head of Lower School at Seattle Country Day School.

    Emily Bogardus, Treasurer
    Emily is an accountant by trade. She has spent most of her career in the manufacturing industry working primarily on costing, Financial Statements, reconciliations, Strategic Reporting, and managing budgets. Emily got her Bachelors of Science in Math and Accounting from Linfield College and went on to get her CPA a few years after graduation. She is originally from Oregon, but moved to Seattle after college graduation. In her spare time, Emily enjoys spending time on the lake with her fiance and two children.

    Staci VanderPol, Secretary
    Staci VanderPol is a Renton native. She received a Bachelors in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice from Washington State University and a Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law. She is a licensed attorney working for a biotech in Seattle. Mrs. VanderPol also sits on the Human Services Advisory Committee for the City of Renton. In her spare time, she enjoys taking trips to the beach with her husband.

Are you passionate about Montessori education and the importance of connecting to the natural world?

Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity where your time and expertise will be respected and harnessed to create real, positive change in children’s lives, our communities, and in our ecosystem? If so, our board development committee would love to talk with you!
We are always interested in meeting with people who share our passions and would like to learn more about serving on our Board of Directors! Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply. Please click below to read our Board of Directors job description (PDF), and to begin the application process by completing a brief contact form. The board development committee will be in touch with you shortly – thank you!