Photos by Sadie Glass PhotographyThe Board of Directors is the governing body of our incorporated not-for-profit school and endeavors to protect and develop the school community. Its primary concerns are the financial and program functions of the school, for which it defines a program mission and operating policies. Over time, as the program develops, its operations may be delegated to the Head of School and administrative staff. The corporate power of this school is vested in the Board of Directors, acting in accordance with the written bylaws. The Board of Directors is composed of nine to eleven voting members plus the school Head of School, who serves as a non-voting ex officio member. Whether appointed or elected, Board Members are selected for their commitment to the mission of the school and for their ability to contribute particular expertise or experience. Board members model the respect and mutual support that is central to the philosophy of this Montessori school.
Leslie ThomasLongtime Bloomington-area residents, Leslie, and her husband, Mike, are the parents of Arden, who will be entering her third year at BMS as a kindergartner in the Magnolia classroom, after spending her first two years in Hickory. Their family’s history with Bloomington Montessori began over 20 years ago when Mike’s elder daughter, Sarah, benefited from years spent in Hickory with Linda Mjolsnes. While currently occupied as a student and homemaker, Leslie’s professional background includes time spent in office management, as a paralegal, and as a local Realtor. Her personal observation of the dynamic ways in which Montessori education enriches the lives of children, and their families, inspires her dedication to service. Leslie is honored to be entrusted with a leadership role with our school community and has a deep respect for the level of responsibility that accompanies this position. She is excited to continue offering her contribution as part of a talented team of caring individuals who work hard to ensure our children’s well-being, now and into the future.
Amanda CookAmanda Cook and her husband, Brian, have two sons at BMS: Vincent, a 5th grader in the Sycamore classroom; and Julian, a 1st grader in the Walnut class. Amanda received her degree in early childhood education from Marian University in 2000 and taught briefly before becoming a full time parent in 2006. After moving to Bloomington in 2008, she joined the Bloomington Moms Meetup Group, eventually becoming a co-organizer running many events and activities for the other members and their families. She has enjoyed being a part of the vibrant BMS community since Vincent’s first day in the Hickory classroom and has helped out where she can over the years. A lifelong reader and occasional blogger, she turned to fiction writing in 2009 and self-published her first fantasy novel in 2014 under her imprint, A. Cook’s Books. Her second novel, a feminist, environmentalist science fiction story will be published in late summer/early fall of 2017. Amanda has enjoyed contributing to the board as secretary in the past and is excited to take on her new role as vice president in 2017-2018.
Phuong ThangPhuong, and her husband Matthijs, are the parents of Esmee and Liam. Esmee is currently in the all-day preschool program in the Sweet Gum room. Liam will join the all-day preschool program once he turns three, which will be in the 2018-2019 school year. Phuong grew up in The Netherlands, and obtained her undergraduate degree from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and her Master of Science in Accounting from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She has worked as an accounting professional for two of the big four accounting firms in Indianapolis in the past 7.5 years, and will start a new position for a startup tech firm in Bloomington in the summer of 2017. She is excited about the reduction in her commute, which allowed her the opportunity to volunteer for a role in the BMS school board. Phuong enjoys travelling, cooking, and spending quality time with her family. She looks forward to contribute to the Bloomington Montessori School community, and serve in the Board as Treasurer.
Grace FindleyGrace and her husband Andrew have two boys, Dominic (7) a second grader in the Walnut room and Samuel (2) who will enroll at BMS in 2018. The family moved to Bloomington in the spring of 2015 when Grace accepted a position at IU Foundation. Andrew is a professor of Art History at IVY Tech. In between baseball, soccer and hockey the family enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, biking and running. Grace and Andrew are thrilled to be part of the BMS community and Grace looks forward to contributing to continuous success of school in the role of secretary.
Ross ThackeryRoss and better half Stephanie, have two children, Riley (8, Maple room) and Sierra (6, Walnut room). Ross is from Columbus, Indiana, and spent a few years at Vincennes University before coming to IU to finish a BA degree in Chemistry. Now working in Bloomington at ABR Imagery & Print, Ross enjoys working with his hands, traveling, and spending time with the little ones. Ross has been to over 47 US states and several countries.
Todd is a registered architect in the states of Texas and Indiana, an AIA member, and holds a NCARB certification. He is also a LEED® Accredited Professional and a member of the U. S. Green Building Council. Todd earned his Professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas at Lawrence in 1988 and practiced in Texas until moving to Indiana in 2003. Prior to joining the ILI, he worked for an Indianapolis based Commercial Construction and Development Company in executive management and business development.
As Executive Director of the Indiana Limestone Institute, Todd is responsible for the management of this trade association which represents quarries, fabricators, masons, designers, and associate members. In this role he is actively involved in the promotion of Indiana Limestone by way of industry trade shows, providing technical support to fabricators, masons, designers, & building owners. He is also continually working to expand on the availability of digital technical information, case studies, & historical documentation in order to reach the broadest possible audience.
As a representative stakeholder, Todd is actively working with the Natural Stone Council and several industry leaders in the continued development and promotion of the “ANSI/NSC373 Standard for the Sustainable Production of Natural Stone”, which provides for a sustainable pathway in the extraction and production of all natural dimension stone products.
“I am humbled to be asked to join the Montessori Board of Directors. I hope to prove a beneficial member and look forward to lending my experience in design, construction, and development to help guide the current & future needs of the school.”
Todd and his wife Tami are the proud parents of two Montessori students, Mia (SweetGum) & Emma (Magnolia).