Board of Directors

The Board of Directors has responsibility for oversight of the school and empowers the Executive Director to lead school operations. Board members are elected by family members and at least 2 of the 5 Directors at any time are parents of students in the school. Each family of a child currently enrolled at Great Work Montessori School shall have one vote in electing Board Directors. Board members will be elected on a rolling schedule, so that turnover will be gradual.

Daniel Marsh is President of the Board of Directors. He has expertise in Montessori public education, with specialized experience as a math and technology guide at the Secondary level, and working with students with special needs, disabilities, and disorders, including students with autism. As an instructional coach, he has recruited and trained apprentice teachers, and provided mentoring and pedagogy consulting. 

Tessa Williams is Board Secretary. She was an accomplished Montessori student through high school and specialized in Women and Gender Studies in college at CU Boulder. After she graduated in 2009, she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she studied Women and Gender Studies and has spent time studying abroad, specializing in languages, women and gender studies and Montessori education. She has distinguished herself as a scholar, a community leader, a Montessori teacher and a peace educator. 

Chase Bongirno is Treasurer. His expertise includes public accounting, SEC compliance, and the Lakewood community. He sits on the Financial Accounting Standards Board's advisory committee which focuses on addressing data quality issues. In his experience, “organizations are best served when, rather than pursuing an independent agenda, board members partner with the executive team to provide support to help facilitate a shared vision for the organization.” 

Ellie Svoboda is a Board Member. She graduated from Compass Montessori in 2009 after having been a student there for ten years. In the high school, Ellie participated in two international trips—one to Greece and Italy and another to Russia, Germany, and the Czech Republic—and a Service Intensive Project with the Udall for Colorado campaign. She performed AWOLs at the Compass office, Senator Keller’s office, and the Colorado Senate Majority Press Office. Ellie also played on the Pink Unicorns Ultimate team, lettered in golf at Wheat Ridge High School, and competed on Compass’ Destination Imagination team. She also took a calculus class at Red Rocks Community College. After graduation, Ellie attended the University of Denver, where she majored in English with an emphasis in creative writing and minored in Theatre and Leadership. She participated in the theatre ensemble, Pioneer Leadership Program, and the club Ultimate team. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2012.  After DU, Ellie taught at Compass Montessori for one year as an intern and another as the English advisor.  In 2013, she co-founded Great Work Inc, an education non-profit that “promotes and supports the art and science of secondary Montessori education and guides the preparation of educators and learning environments.” In 2014 Ellie graduated from Goddard College with an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in screenwriting.

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