About CMS

Board of Trustees

The Cambridge Montessori School Board of Trustees is committed to the preservation and implementation of the School's mission.
The volunteer members include parents of current and former CMS students, educators, professionals, and community leaders all of whom share a belief in Montessori education and a passion for the school. Collectively as a group, the Board is responsible for the hiring and evaluation of the Head, strategic planning, and the long-term financial stewardship and governance of the School. It provides leadership in all development and fundraising efforts as well. In short, the Board exists to ensure that Cambridge Montessori School is viable for the children of its current and future students.

The Board works through strategically based committees, which include Finance; Committee on Trustees; Head Support and Evaluation; Development; and Campus and Facilities in addition to ad hoc Committees as needed. Each trustee is active on at least one committee, typically meeting monthly. Committees make recommendations that provide insight and direction for Board governance decisions. The Board is always interested in receiving recommendations for future trustee candidates. Please contact any Trustee or the Head of School to learn more about the nomination process and serving to support the growth and institutional development of CMS.

Meet the Board

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  • Michael Flannery

    Chair of the Board
    Mike joined the Board in July 2018 and has served as the Board Chair/President since July 2021.
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  • Annie Lawson

    Annie rejoined the CMS Board in 2018 as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee, following a prior nine-year period through 2016, which included six years as Treasurer.
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  • Robert Cooke

    Board of Trustees Clerk
    Rob Cooke joined the board in 2015. He has served on the Facilities Committee and currently serves on the Committee on Trustees and is Clerk of the Board. 
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  • Sara Ontiveros

    Development Chair
    Sara has been on the CMS board since 2016 and is chair of the Development Committee, and a member of the Committee on Trustees.
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  • Todd Goulet

    Chair of the Facilities Committee
    Todd joined the CMS Board in 2018, and serves on the Facilities Committee.
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  • Jill Becker

    Jill is the mother of two CMS alumni, both of whom attended CMS through the whole program. She is currently serving in her second stint on the Board of Trustees and is a member of the Development Committee.

  • Mike Cragg

    Mike and his wife, Rachel van der Voort, have been parents at the school since 2001, with 4 children going through the entire program. Both Rachel and Mike are former CMS board chairs.
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  • Amelia Newbury

    Amelia joined the CMS Board in 2018. Amelia is a consultant, working with high-growth companies across all industries to create effective strategies, award-winning cultures, and high-performance teams. 
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  • John Sweeney

    John joined the CMS Board in 2016, and serves on the Finance Committee, as well as the Development Committee.
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Located in the heart of Cambridge, MA, CMS is a private school serving children eighteen months through grade 8 in four distinct programs: Toddler, Primary, Elementary and Middle School. CMS educates the whole child, applying the Montessori philosophy in a joyful learning environment.


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