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

Angela Jaskolski – Board Chair – boardchair@stcroixmontessori.org - Angela lives in Stillwater with her husband, Adam, their daughter, Violet and two dogs, Odin and Oslo. Violet is currently a lower elementary student at St. Croix Montessori and has thrived as a Montessori child since she was two. She attended two other traditional Montessori schools in the Twin Cities area prior to St. Croix Montessori, yet Adam and Angela had a strong affinity for SCMS from the moment they first toured the campus. They knew this was the school they wanted Violet to attend. The ability to be proximate to SCMS prior to Violet’s elementary years was a primary driver in their decision to move to Stillwater. Angela is an executive at Self Esteem Brands in Woodbury and Adam is an electrician and owns his own small business.

Erin Vogen – Secretary – Erin lives in Afton with her husband, Eli, their three children, Hasle, Sawyer, and Ole and their young dog Pike. The Vogens have been active and grateful members of the SCMS community since 2014 as all three of their children have spent significant parts of their early childhood and elementary education in the capable and caring hands of the SCMS guides. Their two youngest are members of the Cedar and Birch classrooms this year. After moving to Afton from St. Paul, the Vogens were immediately drawn to the school after their experience with the summer camp. The dedicated staff, opportunity to interact with nature and the farm program, Montessori model, and close knit community offered by the school made it stand apart and the Vogens have been devotees ever since. Erin has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from St. Olaf College and brings to the board her experience in healthcare administration, leading quality improvement, patient experience, change management, and compliance and regulatory initiatives for a variety of specialty practices across the twin cities.

Amber Hanson – Trustee – Amber Hanson lives with her partner and two children in the Stillwater area. When Amber and her partner first toured SCMS, they knew that this was the right school for their children and became immediate passionate supporters of the Montessori educational approach and SCMS. She founded Ally Supportive Services, LLC in 2013 with the purpose of providing person-centered, clinically sound services to end homelessness in Dakota County. Amber is currently the director of Housing and Homeless Services at Ally. Amber also founded a Minnesota charitable organization in 2009, and currently serves as President at Ministering Angels Closet, an organization that provides donated clothing and household items to those in need in the St. Paul metro. Amber holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology, and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology.

Amy Mason Trustee – Amy is the mother of Sequoia Kaczmarek, who is six and in the Cedar classroom with Mr. Crystal. She has been receiving a Montessori education since she was 15 months old. Amy graduated from the University of Minnesota, School of Journalism and worked in advertising and marketing as a writer until returning to school. Amy graduated from the University of Wisconsin of Law School with a J.D., magna cum laude and order of the coif. Since graduating in 2005, she has been practicing as an attorney in private law firms, with a focus on civil litigation. Amy currently serves as the Vice President of the 19th District Minnesota State Bar Association.

Abbey Marinack – Trustee – Born and raised in Star Prairie on the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix River, Abigail's pursuit of higher education brought her to the mountains of Colorado and deserts of Arizona, formative journeys where she came to adopt a 'whole-person' philosophy combining wellbeing, personal growth, and embracing unique natural offerings of one's environment.

In addition to standardized educational milestones, Abigail believes that true education includes emotional growth and awareness that nurtures an understanding of the world and how individuals make an impact. Becoming an active member of the St. Croix Montessori School Board in August 2019, Abigail embraces the opportunity to work with a group whose central focus is creating positive opportunities for not only current and future SCMS students, but the community as a whole.

Abigail holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and earned a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the accredited SouthWest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Arizona. She currently serves as the Chief Commercial Officer for the dietary supplement company NeuroScience and oversees Research and Development, Customer Support, Marketing, and Medical Education.

Andrea McAlpine – Trustee – Andrea and her husband Brian are the parents of Johnny and Blair McAlpine. Johnny began at SCMS in 2020. The whole family loves the outdoors and enjoys soaking up what nature has to offer on their farm in Wisconsin. Andrea is a practicing attorney in Minnesota and also volunteers teaching ESL to adult learners and conducts legal clinics for victims of domestic abuse.

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.

Kristopher Shelton – Trustee – Kris lives with his wife, Maya, their son Sawyer (2) and their rambunctious German Shorthair Jordy in Hudson. Kris has an extensive background in the outdoors and experiential learning having spent time over several years guiding youth canoe trips through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). He was originally drawn to the Montessori model because of the focus on individualized learning, community, and how Montessori education sets a strong foundation for lifetime learning. Kris obtained his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Minnesota Duluth, holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin River Falls and is a certified lean practitioner through the University of St. Thomas executive education program. Kris has worked for Xcel Energy for the past seven years, most recently as category manager responsible for development and execution of the company’s corporate sourcing strategies.

Contact Us

177 Neal Avenue North
Stillwater, MN 55082

Phone: (651) 436-2603

Fax: (651) 436-1170