Since 2006, Shawn has served as Chief Reading Officer for Read 20 with the Hamilton County Government, where she led the Board through a visioning and strategic programmatic development of a community-wide public/private reading initiative, focused on empowering adults to read to children for at least 20 minutes a day.
1) What appeals to you most about the Montessori environment?
My favorite component of the Montessori environment is that it is respectful of everyone in the room/school. Respect is a value and quality that we teach our children through managing the boundaries set for their behavior, and the environment in a Montessori classroom setting provides natural boundaries that are reinforced with the processes and discipline involved in the classroom.
2) Why is serving on The Montessori School Board important to you?
My children went to The Montessori School and received the fundamentals for lifelong learning and living in the world. It is important to me that every child receives those same fundamentals.
3) What word(s) describe or characterize The Montessori School?
Words that come to mind when I think of The Montessori School are:
Individualized instruction, Creativity encouraged, Child-centered, Nurturing
Dee is the President of PDP LLC, where she is responsible for all financial and human resource matters, including bank relationships, billing, payroll, insurance benefits, and workers compensation. Dee also worked as CFO for Talley Construction and holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Management from UTC.
Robyn is the Chief Executive Office of Lookout Mountain Conservancy. She has a Masters of Education with an emphasis on counseling from Auburn University and has served as a teacher, coach, and adjunct professor. Both of Robyn’s daughters graduated from TMS.