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Meet the Board Members!

Brittney HorstmanBrittney Horstman, President

Brittney Horstman is a parent of two boys who attend Montessori Peaks Academy in the primary and lower elementary levels. She is also a litigation attorney with a background in and continued commitment to public interest work, both in the public and private sector, and to effective dispute resolution. 

Brittney’s service on the Board brings experience in team building among diverse groups, working with various agencies with limited resources to achieve positive results on an individual and group basis and ensuring transparency and ethical compliance by those who hold positions of public trust. Her goals during her term on the Board include both increasing transparency in the governance of the school and community engagement so that all types of families can help MPA grow. She hopes to see MPA expand its dedication to the Montessori philosophy and experiential learning. She believes that the students at MPA will thrive when the school and the community work together to develop these goals. Brittney wholeheartedly believes that a Montessori education can open and fill both the hearts and minds of our children with the tools they will need to be happy and successful in their future endeavors as great contributors to our world.

Brittney lives with her husband, two children and her father. She is an avid reader. She loves attending Zumba classes, skiing with her children, and having get-togethers with friends to enjoy good music and good food. She is always open to hearing new ideas and insights from community members on how to improve the students’ experiences at MPA. 

Contact Brittney at brittney.horstmanmpa@gmail.com

Christina Grant, Vice President

Christina currently has a four year old enrolled at MPA with a two year old eagerly waiting to begin at MPA. Her strong belief in education and the importance of parental engagement led her to become a member of the MPA Board. Christina believes the Board plays a critical role in the success of the school, and this participation gives her an opportunity to support the school community, staff and students.

Christina is an agile coach, supporting software development teams and businesses that are transitioning into an agile framework for getting work done. This professional background gives her an appreciation for and a dedication to collaborative, transparent communication. She aims for common sense solutions, moving forward with an eye towards continuous improvement that builds and enriches the school's culture and community, and gives the children a chance to make the world a better place.

Christina’s strong belief in education also extends to she, herself. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program for Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change. Aside from all of these activities, Christina stays on the go, playing roller hockey and studying Kenpo Jujutsu. She also enjoys spending time in nature, whether it’s gardening in the backyard, or out hiking and camping. Christina is a local La Leche League leader, as well.

Although she feels relatively new to the MPA community, while on the Board, her core goals will focus on gaining a better understanding of the school's infrastructure, supporting teachers, and improving community engagement.

Contact Christina at Christina.Grant@jeffco.k12.co.us

Susie Dartt - Treasurer

Susie DarttSusie has three children in various stages of MPA enrollment: one graduate (twelve years old), one enrolled (eleven years old) and one future MPA student (four years old). She joined the Board, as she felt it was important to give back to the community that has given so much to her children. As the daughter of school teachers, education holds a dear place in her heart. She knows how important an involved Board is to the success and culture of the school.

Susie is a CPA with over seven years of experience auditing local government, including counties, special districts, cities, non-profits and charter schools. This experience gives her a unique perspective and knowledge of Colorado laws, grant requirements and governmental financial reporting.

During her tenure on the Board, Susie would like to continue the excellence established by other MPA Boards and assist in financial evaluation of the school to help with current and future goals.

Susie also volunteers with the Westernaires. She loves spending time with her three kids and husband.

Contact Susie at Susanne.Dartt@jeffco.k12.co.us

Lisa Myers, Secretary

Lisa Myers serves as the Secretary of the Board. She has one child currently enrolled in lower elementary and one child eagerly awaiting his time to join the primary wing.  

She has a background in project and event management, with an emphasis on operations and communications. She worked for more than 10 years for a sports and entertainment agency, managing events and operations both nationally and internationally.

She feels Montessori Peaks Academy first welcomed her family with open arms. The sense of pride, community and most importantly, upstanding education, were so very obvious to her when her child first walked through the doors. She joined the board as she has a strong desire to contribute to the continuation of these wonderful attributes this school possesses. 

Contact Lisa at lisamyersmpa@gmail.com

Amanda Baugher - Director 

Amanda has two children at MPA, one in Upper El and one in Primary. Her commitment to MPA led her to become a board member.  She has been involved in various activities at MPA and is committed to ensuring the success of the school and fostering a positive environment for everyone.   

Amanda has a 13-year background in Human Resources that includes management, employee engagement, change management, training and development, organizational psychology and development of policies, practices and procedures.  

During her term on the Board, Amanda would like to ensure that MPA remains true to the Montessori philosophy, teaching and guiding students to prepare them for the future while providing a positive environment for all students, families, and staff.  

Amanda is a work at home mom with two small businesses who enjoys being active within the school.  Most of her free time is spent on family activities.


Contact Amanda at amandabmpa@gmail.com

Jack Luellen - Director 
Contact Jack at JackLuellenMPA@gmail.com

Rachael Wisner - Director
Contact Rachael at Wisnermpa@gmail.com

Susan Miller, Community Representative
Contact Susan at  smillermp@gmail.com

Erin Wollard, Staff Representative



Todd Lederman, an upper elementary teacher at Montessori Peaks Academy for 14 years, began serving on the Board of Directors in May of 2017. Before joining the staff, he taught at Denison Montessori in Denver Public Schools. He received certification to teach lower elementary and upper elementary from the American Montessori Society after attending classes at Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, Colorado. Mr. Lederman also has teacher’s licensure from the Colorado State Department of Education with specific qualifications to teach at the elementary level as well as secondary mathematics. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the Colorado Christian University.

Besides teaching, Mr. Lederman has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, has worked as a reporter and freelance writer, and continues to write political essays as well as children’s stories and one children’s novel, Notch Ear’s Sacrifice. His latest book-length endeavor, Speaker for the Powerless: Conversations We’d Have if Our Leaders Could Hear Us, is nonfiction aimed at an adult audience.
Brittney HorstmanBrittney Horstman, Interim President

Brittney Horstman is a parent of two boys who attend Montessori Peaks Academy in the primary and lower elementary levels. She is also a litigation attorney with a background in and continued commitment to public interest work, both in the public and private sector, and to effective dispute resolution. 

Brittney’s service on the Board brings experience in team building among diverse groups, working with various agencies with limited resources to achieve positive results on an individual and group basis and ensuring transparency and ethical compliance by those who hold positions of public trust. Her goals during her term on the Board include both increasing transparency in the governance of the school and community engagement so that all types of families can help MPA grow. She hopes to see MPA expand its dedication to the Montessori philosophy and experiential learning. She believes that the students at MPA will thrive when the school and the community work together to develop these goals. Brittney wholeheartedly believes that a Montessori education can open and fill both the hearts and minds of our children with the tools they will need to be happy and successful in their future endeavors as great contributors to our world.

Brittney lives with her husband, two children and her father. She is an avid reader. She loves attending Zumba classes, skiing with her children, and having get-togethers with friends to enjoy good music and good food. She is always open to hearing new ideas and insights from community members on how to improve the students’ experiences at MPA. 

Contact Brittney at brittney.hortsmanmpa@gmail.com
Brittney HorstmanBrittney Horstman, Interim President

Brittney Horstman is a parent of two boys who attend Montessori Peaks Academy in the primary and lower elementary levels. She is also a litigation attorney with a background in and continued commitment to public interest work, both in the public and private sector, and to effective dispute resolution. 

Brittney’s service on the Board brings experience in team building among diverse groups, working with various agencies with limited resources to achieve positive results on an individual and group basis and ensuring transparency and ethical compliance by those who hold positions of public trust. Her goals during her term on the Board include both increasing transparency in the governance of the school and community engagement so that all types of families can help MPA grow. She hopes to see MPA expand its dedication to the Montessori philosophy and experiential learning. She believes that the students at MPA will thrive when the school and the community work together to develop these goals. Brittney wholeheartedly believes that a Montessori education can open and fill both the hearts and minds of our children with the tools they will need to be happy and successful in their future endeavors as great contributors to our world.

Brittney lives with her husband, two children and her father. She is an avid reader. She loves attending Zumba classes, skiing with her children, and having get-togethers with friends to enjoy good music and good food. She is always open to hearing new ideas and insights from community members on how to improve the students’ experiences at MPA. 

Contact Brittney at brittney.hortsmanmpa@gmail.com
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