Sunnybrook Montessori School is an independent, not-for-profit preschool (ages 3-7) in Lancaster, NH. For forty years Sunnybrook has been a vibrant community for children and their families. Sunnybrook began as a parent cooperative and then became a private business managed by Geradine Tobin for nearly 30 years. In 2006, Gerry’s daughter-in-law, Laura Tobin, purchased and managed Sunnybrook through the end of the 2008-2009 school year.
As of July 1, 2009, Sunnybrook, harking back to its roots, once again became a nonprofit organization run by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is made of parents, engaged community members, and alumni with ties to Sunnybrook’s long history.
The Board of Directors is the managing body of Sunnybrook Montessori School. The board is responsible for planning and program governance, policy management, financial management, personnel management, and public relations. Board members are available to answer questions, take suggestions and recommendations, and provide information about the school and the board.
You will find below a list of the current board members and minutes from the board meetings. The Board of Directors meets on the second Monday evening of each month in the Sunnybrook classroom. Meetings are open to the public.
To contact the Board of Directors, you may e-mail [email protected]
To contact the president of the board, Matt Kelly, you may e-mail [email protected]
Meet our 2019-2020 Sunnybrook Montessori School Board Members
PRESIDENT – Matt Kelly
Matt is a New Hampshire transplant with three young children. He joined the board in 2017 and enjoys volunteering his wife’s free time to Sunnybrook. He works for a local utility company.
VICE PRESIDENT – Ben Prinkki
Ben is raising two daughters and a son with his wife, Bridget. Ben enjoys building stone walls, poetry, music, and exploring the contours of life with his family.
TREASURER – Stacey Zemla
Mother of two.
I’m passionate about children and their education. I value play and self-directed learning. I love Sunnybrook and I consider my children fortunate to spend their formative years at this wonderful place.
Heather lives in Guildhall, VT with her husband and four daughters. She became a board member after her first daughter started at Sunnybrook to “become more involved in the wonderful program”. She is a nurse at a local hospital and also helps with her family’s heating business that focuses on renewable energy.
Dana is a mother and friend who can make any occasion fun. She is a photographer who captures life’s moments with her lens for eternal enjoyment. She home schools her daughter and three sons while also caring for local youngsters. She joined the board and loves Sunnybrook and all it stands for!
Mary recently moved to Coös County from Maine with her husband and 7-month-old son. She is taking on the role of the Early Childhood Education teacher at Lancaster Elementary School after teaching first and second grade for the past eight years in Maine. Mary is excited to help children in the community have access to a nurturing, respectful and vibrant learning environment.
Alayna is a 3rd grade teacher at the Warren Village School and lives in North Woodstock, NH. She grew up attending the Cornerstone School, a Montessori school in southern New Hampshire, and went on to teach in an outdoor Toddler classroom there. Alayna is excited to be connected with the Montessori community in northern New Hampshire.
Clementine is an alumnus of Sunnybrook Montessori school and currently attends White Mountains Regional High School. She is involved in sports and numerous environmental and social justice clubs. Clementine enjoys spending time outside hiking, biking, swimming and spending time with friends and family.