Mission Statement

Together we are committed to helping each child realize their unlimited potential and individual success.


SCMS is organized as an independent, non-profit corporation, which is governed by a self-generating Board of Trustees.  The Board is governed by the school’s Articles of Incorporation and by the School’s by-laws. The Board is comprised of members, selected from the parent body and the community at large, as well as the Head of School.  Board members generally serve minimum terms of three years.  The tenure of board members is staggered so that the Board always has a mix of experienced and new members.  New members are presented by the committee on Trustees and elected by the Board.  Before serving on the Board, members usually serve on one of the board’s standing committees. If you are interested in Board service, or in nominating someone to serve, please contact the Board Chair and your name will be forwarded to the Committee on Trustees.  Board meetings are generally held at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of each month during the school academic year, and convenient meeting times are set during the summer months.

Board of Trustees

Jessica Petersen - Board Chair - boardchair@stcroixmontessori.org - Jessica and her husband Gary live in Stillwater with their three children; Jaden (12), Jayla (10), and Julia (8). Jessica has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of MN and has worked at 3M for the past 21 years. The Petersen family has been a part of the SCMS community since 2009 and are firm believers in the Montessori method of education.

Dan Lantz - Trustee - Dan, his wife, Sarah, and their four children (Morgan, Olivia, Noah and Liam) live in Stillwater, MN. Joining the SCMS community in 2004, Dan and his family are strong advocates of  Montessori-based education. Dan is currently Senior Manager of IS/Gift Administration at Children's Minnesota where he provides leadership in non-profit operations. Dan earned a Bachelor of Science in Geospatial Analysis, Monitoring and Modeling from the University of Minnesota and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Nick Malm - Trustee - Nick, his wife, Maria, and son, Isaac (11), live in Woodbury. He is a strong believer in the Montessori philosophy and is passionate about living and sharing its values. Both Nick and Maria attended Luther College and he works for Coca-Cola in Eagan. Maria is a Montessori educator with 18 years experience. Isaac's favorite part of St Croix Montessori is the outdoor environment - he loves to explore!

Hugh Murphy – Trustee – Hugh and his wife Sandra live in Lake Elmo with their son Fiachra (8), daughters Sadhbh (5) and Orlagh (3), and dogs Ruairi and Saoirse. Hugh has degrees in Engineering and Marketing, as well as an MBA in Entrepreneurship, and has worked as a marketer at 3M since 2004. Hugh and Sandra both grew up in Ireland and lived in the UK and France before relocating to Minnesota in 2011. They love the passion for learning that the Montessori approach brings to life in their children.

Eli Vogen - Trustee - Eli and his wife Erin live in Afton with their three children: Hasle (7), Sawyer (5), and Ole (1). Eli has degrees in Economics and Hispanic Studies from St Olaf College, where he met Erin, and has worked for Securian Financial Group for 14 years. Erin's degree is in Psychology and she has worked in the health care industry for her entire career. The Vogens are strong supporters of the Montessori method of education and particularly the way it is employed at St. Croix Montessori.

Contact Us

177 Neal Avenue North
Stillwater, MN 55082

Phone: (651) 436-2603

Fax: (651) 436-1170