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

Eli Vogen - Board Chair - boardchair@stcroixmontessori.org - Eli and his wife Erin live in Afton with their three children: Hasle, Sawyer, and Ole.  Eli has degrees in Economics and Hispanic Studies from St Olaf College, where he met Erin, and has worked for Securian Financial since 2003. 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.

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.

Amy Patella – Trustee – Amy lives in Woodbury with her husband, Alex Ivaskovic and their twins Jack and Finn. Amy earned a Bachelor’s degree in History at Rutgers University and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has taught at the high school and graduate levels and has worked in community mental health. The family joined the SCMS community in 2013 and ever since, Jack and Finn have thrived in the Montessori environment, building independence and a love of the outdoors. Amy and Alex are strong supporters of Montessori education and talk about it with anyone who will listen.

Christian Dawson – Trustee

Bob Taylor – Trustee – Bob and his wife Grizelda live in Cottage Grove with their Daughter Victoria. Victoria attended St Croix from Ms Molly’s through to 8th grade.  Bob grew up in the UK before relocating to Minnesota in 1998 as a trailing spouse for Grizelda’s 3 year assignment at 3M which turned into a permanent relocation in 2001.  Bob runs a software business specializing in Out of Home Advertising management systems.

Brittni Roth – Trustee – Brittni and her husband, Ryan, live in Lake Elmo with their dog, Sydney. Brittni has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. Brittni has worked as an Actuary at Securian Financial in St. Paul for the past seven years. Brittni and Ryan are strong advocates of Montessori-based education.

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Stillwater, MN 55082

Phone: (651) 436-2603

Fax: (651) 436-1170