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Meet the Board Members!

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.horstmanmpa@gmail.com

Christina Grant, Interim 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

Shana Holden

Shana Holden, Secretary

Shana has three boys at MPA currently in second, fifth and sixth grade. Her commitment to MPA led her to become a board member. As a teacher herself, Shana recognizes that in order for a school to thrive, it needs support from the community and participation by the families with effective systems in place that allow everyone to flourish. As MPA has been such a good fit for her family, she is dedicated to help it continue to succeed.

Shana’s background and experience allow her to consider multiple perspectives and create workable action plans that are driven by data, while remaining focused on the most important stakeholders, the children.

During her term on the Board, Shana would like to ensure that MPA continues to be a school that addresses and supports the individual needs of students and staff members. In addition, she would like MPA to remain a leader among schools in preparing students for success.  

Shana and her family love the outdoors. They hike, attend music festivals and camp. Shana also spends a lot of time running, playing Frisbee with her dog, and kayaking.

Contact Shana at Shana.Holden@jeffco.k12.co.us

Todd LedermanTodd Lederman, 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.

Contact Todd at Todd.Lederman@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

Amanda Baugher - Director 

Bio and contact information forthcoming. 

Jack Luellen - Director 

Bio and contact information forthcoming. 

Lisa Meyers - Director 

Bio and contact information forthcoming. 

Susan Miller, Community Representative

Bio forthcoming. 

Contact Susan at  smillermp@gmail.com


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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