Board of Directors
When our school obtained 501 c(3) non-profit status a Board of Directors was established under the name of Montessori Education Trust. This group has embraced the vision of the school and works to support and promote that vision in our community. They are charged with planning for what the school may look like in 10, 20 , or 30 years. As one Montessorian put it, “An effective Board is working to create the school we want for our grandchildren.” Our Board members have been very involved in the first Capital Campaign that took place in 2008-2009 and are currently working on our "Building Peace" Campaign for the addition to our Gordon Avenue school. They are truly ambassadors of our school.
MSC Program Director
Parames was born in Malaysia. She attended Providence College in South India and took her Montessori Teacher’s training in Ahmedabad, India. During a visit to see her brother in San Francisco Parames was hired to start a class at the Binet Montessori School. Parames joined our school in 1986 and became the Program Director in 1990. When not at school Parames teaches Yoga classes and Indian cooking classes.
Secretary, MSC Parent
Fatima grew up in the suburbs of Washington DC before attending UVA and Johns Hopkins. She worked as a consultant in the health care arena for 15 years and is currently taking time off to take care of her children. She has twins who are recent MSC alumni and a toddler who will join MSC in the fall. She has been in Charlottesville for 8 years and, these days, spends her time with her children and husband, reading, writing, volunteering, and exploring Charlottesville with friends and family.
Chair, MSC Parent
Dan Epstein grew up in Atlanta and Austin, and has lived in Charlottesville since 2003. He graduated from the McIntire School at UVA in 2001. Dan works at the Legal Aid Justice Center and started Eppie's with his brother. His daughter is in her in her second year at our Gordon Avenue school, and he is excited for his son to join her there.
Patrick, a native son of Albemarle County, studied painting and printmaking at Bennington College. He then moved to New York City and worked for a stint in the art world before attending culinary school at the French Culinary Institute(renamed the International Culinary Center). There he met his future husband Jason, and eventually moved across the Hudson River to Jersey City. After working in three high end restaurants, Patrick realized he was more drawn to baking and went on to refine his skills at Amy's Bread in New York City and at Choc O Pain, a French bakery in Hoboken/Jersey City. In 2014 Patrick and Jason moved with their two daughters Marian and Betty(then 3 and 1) back to Albemarle County to set down roots closer to Patrick's family. Later that year they opened MarieBette, a european-inspired Bakery and Cafe. In 2015, Marian and Betty began attending MSC. In his free time, Patrick may be found gardening or collecting eggs from his families small flock of chickens.
Lisa Richey has lived in Charlottesville since 1999. Both her children attended the Cutler Lane location of MSC and are currently enrolled in Charlottesville City Schools. She works at CFRA in Sales and Marketing Operations.
MSC Administrator, Board Treasurer
Lindsey grew up in Staunton, VA. and graduated from UVA with a degree in Sociology in 1979. Lindsey came to the school as a parent of Caitlin and Jake in 1987 and worked with the original owner of the school. She became the Administrator of the school in 1990. She serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care in the community.