• 502 White Oak St. Jacksonville, NC

Board of Directors

Montessori Children's School

Mission Statement

"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".
Bethaney Long
Michele Parsons
Vice President
Rebeca Marks
Shelley Freeman
Joann Johns
Board Member at Large
Joe Adams
Board Member at Large
Peter Willett
Board Member at Large

Overview of Being a Board Member

The Board of the Montessori Children’s School is a volunteer organization of parents, directors/directresses, Head of School, alumni parents, and community members. Our Board model supports the Head of School who, in turn, supports the children, their families, and the staff.

The Board does not involve itself in the day-to-day running of the school. Rather, it sets and reviews school policies, oversees the budget and sets fiscal policy, raises funds for the school through our annual auction, participates on important committees, and identifies ways to make the school better.

Board members serve for a two-year term. At the Annual Board of Directors Meeting, new Board members are elected to replace those whose terms have expired. The new Board members should be committed to the well-being of the school and work to promote all policies and procedures as well as the long-term goals of the school.

The Board meets monthly throughout the year. Committees may meet more often.

Board members follow the organization’s bylaws, policies and board resolutions.  Each member signs an annual Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) and updates it during the year, if necessary, as well as discloses potential conflicts before meetings and actual conflicts during meetings.  Board members maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of the organization.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors, please contact Vice President, Michele Parsons: vicepresident@mcsjax.org

how we work?

Diverse. Inclusive. Inspiring

1. Duty of CareBoard members should be committed to following through on promises and assisting the organization to the best of their abilities. This means:

  • Attending meetings and actively participating in committees

2. Duty of LoyaltyBoard members should do more than show up. They should fully support and embody your organization’s mission and be loyal ambassadors for your cause. When acting on behalf of the organization, each board member must put aside their personal and professional interests. All activities and decisions should be in the best interest of the organization, not in the best interest of the individual board member.


3. Duty of ObedienceOne of the more subtle duties of a nonprofit board member is obedience. The board should do everything in its power to reach organizational goals, but members still have an obligation to follow your organization’s guidelines. These are found in your governance documents, and every board member has a legal responsibility to understand them. A board that strays from your governance rules could steer your organization in the wrong direction or even impact your nonprofit’s standing in the community.

As the highest leadership body of the organization and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the board is responsible for:

Each individual board member is expected to:

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