What does the Governing Council Do?
Have you ever wondered what, precisely, your MPCS Governing Council does?
Check out the infographic at this link to learn more: Govering Council Roles
Thomas joined the MPCS community in 2015 when his oldest son started in the Skylarks (now Chickadees) Kindergarten class. Thomas and his wife now have two boys at MPCS.
Thomas is in his 4th year on the board and has led efforts to increase teacher compensation, the 5B construction projects, the Homeschool program expansion, and the community solar project, to name a few. He has also served as Treasurer and has been instrumental in establishing financial best practices. This year Thomas will begin serving as Board President.
Thomas is originally from the Texas Gulf Coast, but has been in Colorado since 2004 and considers Colorado home! He works as a Program Manager in the telecom industry, where he specializes in the implementation of large-scale engineer projects. Thomas recently returned to school and will be graduating from the University of Arizona Global Campus in October of 2021.
2021-2022 Vice President
Sarah Landreth has been a part of the MPCS community for ten years, since her first child joined the ECE program. She is currently serving in her sixth and final year on the GC. She currently serves MPCS as GC Vice President, and has previous served as President and Secretary. She co-chairs the Mountain Phoenix Accountability Committee and is a liaison to the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee. Sarah and her partner, Scott, are proud to have three children attending MPCS, spanning from First Grade to the Upper School.
Previously an elementary teacher, Sarah is currently pursuing her MA in Clinical Mental Health at CU Denver alongside her work as a mother and board member. Sarah deeply appreciates MPCS for its developmental and humanistic approach to education, and now that she has held a long-term board seat, she has immense gratitude for the winding journey of MPCS.
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Erin grew up in the NE United States and her family transplanted to North Florida when she was a teenager. Erin completed her undergraduate studies in Nutritional Science at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and went on to receive a massage therapy license in Fl as well. After joining her husband in a work-move to New Mexico she received her Master’s degree in Community Health Education from the University of New Mexico.
While in New Mexico Erin was able to work for the New Mexico Department of Health, Chronic Disease Bureau in the Physical Activity, Nutrition and Arthritis division managing statewide programming grants. It was in this role where she earned a love for community collaboration and the excitement that comes with getting involved in governmental processes.
Erin has three children enrolled at MPCS and came to know the Waldorf pedagogy through her husband who attended a private Waldorf school in FL until Grade 2 (when the school disbanded because operations were not sustainable). The unique position of MPCS as being a public charter as well as a public Waldorf present the opportunity for participating community members to grow personally and professionally. Erin strives to do both recognizing that MPCS is somewhat of a trailblazer which provides unique challenges and rewards.
Anne and her family joined the Mountain Phoenix Community in 2016. Both of her children attended the Seedlings Program and knew they had found a special place for preschool and beyond. Her son, Everett, is currently in first grade and her daughter, Mia, is a Kindergarten Bluebird. Anne has been involved in various committees including the MPCS Auction for the past several years, as well as a classroom representative for the Sweet Peas.
Anne is looking forward to leveraging her skills and passions to help MPCS grow, and to work with the various partners and alliances around the country to uphold MPCS's charter and mission. With two young children enrolled at MPCS, she is passionate about ensuring the long-term health and stability of the school, and making sure others enjoy the magic of public Waldorf education!
Anne grew up in the St. Louis area and attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia where she majored in Economics and Mathematics. She met her husband, Chris, in Austin, Texas while earning their Masters in Business Administration at the University of Texas.
2021-2022 Member at Large
Chris has been a part of the Mountain Phoenix community since his wife CJ Dalrymple took a position as a 5th grade teacher in 2015. He is a proud parent of a 2nd grader who has been with the school since 2017 and is serving the second year of his first term on the Governing Council where he is involved in the Master Planning and 5B committees. Currently, he is working to improve school operations by implementing a new document management system.
Chris is originally from Arkansas, but he moved to Colorado in 2012 to pursue an engineering degree at the Colorado School of Mines. He is a Project Engineer at a production engineering company that specializes in the energy, oil & gas, and mining industries.
2021 - 2022 Member at Large
Marissa is a first year governing council member-at-large, and has two children at Mountain Phoenix. One is a rising first grader and one will be a young kindergartner in the Sunflowers class. Her third child is a junior at Jefferson Academy High School.
She was initially drawn to Mountain Phoenix due to her very fond memories of her own Waldorf school experience, and the uniqueness of a public Waldorf school. Marissa is involved with the governance and finance committees as well as an Ad Hoc committee. She is a Colorado native who grew up in Boulder then moved to Fort Collins for college, where she met her husband Jason, a fellow Colorado native. They have lived in the northwest Denver area since 2013.
Marissa worked as a Chiropractic assistant & office manager until the birth of her first child, and is now a stay-at-home mom to her three children. During the 2020-2021 school year Marissa took on the role of Board Treasurer at her son’s preschool, and is looking forward to taking that knowledge and using it on the finance committee at Mountain Phoenix. Marissa has a BS degree in apparel merchandising and a minor in business administration from Colorado State University.
2021 - 2022 Member at Large
Terry and his spouse have been a Phoenix Family since 2014. They have two sons, both attending the school from Pre-K on. In addition to volunteering, he served on the ad-hoc Website Redesign Committee (which created our current site), Foundations, and Diversity + Inclusivity, where he served as chair last year.
In joining the GC this year, Terry hopes to meet difficult conversations head-on and build stronger community within the school through improved communication, increased clarity, and conflict resolution. He signed up for several sub-committees in addition to taking on the Class Rep Coordinator role. It'll be a busy year, but with the combined powers of process improvement, clear documentation, and increased community engagement, he hopes to lighten the load for everyone in the coming years.
Terry has a career in data and software development, where he is also excited about process improvement and documentation. He currently works in management and training, focusing on better onboarding and training experiences and making the workplace more rewarding. He is incredibly enthusiastic about giving his children a childhood he's jealous of and works hard to ensure the same is true for our whole community. He also has ADD, so never hesitate to follow up with him if you're waiting on something...