Board of Directors
"Montessori Children's School Board of Directors stewards the school's mission and values by establishing strategic goals and policies, while allocating resources through the careful consideration of annual operating budgets. The board also works in tandem with the head of school and administrators to focus on long range and strategic planning efforts that ensure the Montessori Children's School remains a premier private school in the Onslow Community. MCS board members are committed to the success of the school, and observe the highest ethical standards and principles of fiscal integrity".
Current Board Members
Bethaney moved to Jacksonville 7 years ago from Rhode Island. Her parents also moved here and live in Williamsburg Plantation. She and Tim started her daughter Dylan at MCS 5 years ago. Dylan is going into her 6th year as a first year in elementary! Bethaney is currently co leading an international company that trains transformational coaches. The company has 3 live (now virtual) events that run each year that she manages. Bethaney is the Sales and Marketing trainer for their coaches. By nature of her role, she handles difficult conversations with both high-level clients and staff. Though not always possible, she looks for the win win.
“This school is a precious resource with a philosophy that supports our children to be independent thinkers, love learning and to resolve conflict from a very young age. We are in a time where there is nothing more valuable and it is reflected in the work I do as well as this school. It takes a community to maintain this vision and ensure it thrives.” -B. Long
Michele Parsons is a native of Maryland and began her residence in NC in 1996. Her family began their MCS journey in the Primary House 5 Years ago. Her daughter Sophia is transitioning to Upper Elementary this Fall. Michele has enjoyed the past two years serving as a Board Member and assisting to guide the school through its transitional growth and the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Her intentions as a re-elected board member are to continue assisting in the decision-making process as MCS strategically plans to grow the school and our children. Michele brings 30 years experience working with pregnant women, families, and children in a variety of community settings. She has been with the Onslow County Health Department for the past 16 years overseeing care management programs that serve families with children birth to five and pregnant women. Prior to that position, she has served as a certified NC Infant, Toddler, and Family Specialist for the state on NC, a Developmental Specialist for Healthy Families America, a Childcare Center Director, and an Early Childhood teacher for both a private school and military CDC. She has an educational background in Early Childhood Development and Child Life. Michele enjoys spending time traveling, visiting family, and coloring. “We absolutely love the school and the Montessori philosophy. Watching my daughter blossom under the wings of the school has brought us peace and gratitude. “-M. Parsons
Rebeca Marks was born in Venezuela. She moved to the United States as a non-English speaking teenager. After graduating High School in New Orleans, she moved to Belgium for a year to learn French and European culture. Later she met her husband, Bryson Marks, a US Marine, and together they have moved around the country for the past 12 years. Rebeca has a college degree in Business Management, and currently owns Blue Lillie, an interior design business. She has two children attending MCS.
Shelley Freeman is beginning her second year serving on the MCS Board of Directors. She has a son, Evander, who is 4 and will be in Primary South this year, as well as a daughter, Amelia, who is 2, who will be in Stepping Stones. Shelley and her family have been a part of the school for 3 yrs. She is a native of Jacksonville, NC and grew up military. After moving around for college and graduate school, she returned to eastern North Carolina since her family retired here. Shelley owns a private practice in counseling, specializing in trauma, with a focus on perinatal and motherhood issues. She enjoys baking, cooking, wine and reading.
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Overview of being a Board Member
Core Duties of the Board
Board Expectations as a Whole
As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board is responsible for:
Board Expectations of Individual Members
Board Position Details
Board Calendar for 2022
Tuesday January 18th, Monthly Board Meeting, 6:30-8:00pm
Tuesday February 15th, Monthly Board Meeting, 6:30-8:00pm
Tuesday March 15th, Monthly Board Meeting, 6:30-8:00pm
Tuesday April 19th, Monthly Board Meeting, 6:30-8:00pm
Tuesday May 17th, Monthly Board Meeting, 6:30-8:00pm
Tuesday June 21st, Monthly Board Meeting, 6:30-8:00pm
Tuesday July 19th, Monthly Board Meeting, 6:30-8:00pm
Saturday August 6th, Annual Board Retreat & Orientation