Montessori Charter School Governing Board of Directors
Sherilyn Moore- President
Sherilyn Moore, President of the Board of Directors, works as a Course Director in the Creative Writing Master’s program at Full Sail University. As a teacher, she embraces the Montessori philosophy of creating independent learners through hands-on methods and a dedication to keeping the fire for knowledge burning bright in every student. This serves to keep her passion for keeping Montessori of Winter Garden Charter School steaming ahead and bringing a private school-type education to the public.
Moore also has been a Writer and Producer in the entertainment field for fifteen years, which requires critical and creative thinking, problem solving, budget management, leadership, and an ability to corral talented individuals to deliver a production on time and on budget.
As a volunteer for the past four years at MWGCS, Moore has been part of a great community and has had the opportunity to guide successful fundraising and fun-raising initiatives. In her tenure as PTO President, the successful Planned Giving program was launched, which allows 100% of family financial support to return to the school and relieves our school of the need for the children to engage in door-to-door selling. As Board President, she has shepherded the fifteen-year Charter renewal and the securing of financing for the school’s future facility. Moore was honored as a Governing Board Champion at the 2015 Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.
The next step in the evolution of the school, the Montessori High School Charter is an exciting opportunity. This game-changing school will bring Montessori philosophy one step further by utilizing strong project-based learning and an Innovation Incubator to prepare the students with skills to create their own future.
Moore continues to bring her passion for education into action and honors the talented faculty and staff, exceptional Executive Director, and scores of volunteers who create this exceptional educational community where each child has the opportunity to grow and learn. With her husband and two MWGCS children by her side, Moore is dedicated to keeping the flame of educational inspiration burning bright.
Heather Kerr- Vice President & Building Committee Chair
Heather Kerr has 20+ years of experience in the Architecture, Design and Construction industry. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture, 5-year first professional degree from the University of Kentucky as well as a Master of Architecture from Cornell University. She has worked both nationally and internationally for several corporate architectural & engineering firms with a special focus in planning and project management. Heather has always been involved in community outreach and as a Master’s candidate, developed an elementary school “build environment” educational program that was implemented in the local school system.
Heather currently has a child enrolled at Montessori of Winter Garden and a second younger child attending a local Montessori Pre-school. She and her family are firm believers that the Montessori approach to learning provides a solid foundation for the future and are pleased to be members of this wonderful school community.
Jennifer Dennis Lima- Secretary
Jennifer has 15 years of insurance claims experience, mostly in personal casualty injury claims. She is currently a front line claims manager for a Fortune 100 insurance company. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. She has been actively involved in planning and organizing local employee events over the years as well.
Jennifer has three children, the oldest of which is enrolled at Montessori of Winter Garden. Being from a small town, it was important to send her children to a smaller school that provides a close knit community of parents and children, as well as the opportunity for relationship building with teachers. The Montessori approach fosters this, and she has seen her son flourish in this environment. She is committed to the school’s vision and future development, as well as sustaining its biggest strength: the dedicated community of school leaders, teachers, parents and students.
Jeremy Bellis- Treasurer
Jeremy is a proud father of two, Jacob and Savannah, and is married to his amazing wife Emma. He was born and raised in Rochester, New York, where school districts were small and community involvement was impactful. In 2001, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Hartford and in 2003, earned an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. After graduate school he taught high-school mathematics for three years at a Central Florida Charter School and was awarded Teacher of the Year his second year teaching. He has worked for nine years in the foodservice distribution industry and is currently a Revenue Manager with Sysco Central Florida. He has lived in Ocoee for eleven years and enjoys soccer, golf, playing the guitar and his black Labrador retriever, Mia. Jeremy is passionate about education, school choice and the ability for local communities to control how their children are educated.
Kristin Chase- Communications Chair & PTO Liaison
Kristin Chase is the Director of the Organizational Development department for Universal Orlando. She has contributed to Universal since 2003 through consulting and leading employee feedback surveys, performance and talent management, leadership development, mentoring, selection assessment tool and competency model development, employee research, facilitation, and team effectiveness. She is a 2003 graduate of the UCF Masters’ program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Kristin has been active in developing herself professionally as a member of the Advisory Board for the Greater Orlando Organization Development (GOOD) Network (www.goodnetwork.us) since 2013, and has been involved with the group as a founding member and in several leadership team roles since 2003.
Kristin served her community through her volunteer work as 2014/15 PTO President. As PTO President, Kristin fostered communication and collaboration throughout the school community by leading the creation of a school-wide newsletter and raising $20,000 in Planned Giving to support Specials programs, $4000 in Pizza Fridays, $2000 for classroom supply grants, and $2500 for playground improvements. She also led the execution of numerous community-building events such as Fall and Winter Fest, our first entry into the Winter Garden Christmas Parade, Healthy Family/Healthy Planet Day, Spring Concert/Dance Party, and other smaller events such as Spirit Nights, Worthwhile Wednesdays, and Fun Fridays.
Kristin is loving life in Winter Garden, Florida with her husband Nathan, a freelance web designer and past Communications Chair for the PTO in 13/14 and 14/15, and two children, Cameron (8) and Jillian (5) who attend MWGCS in 3rd grade and kindergarten. The Chase family supports the Montessori way every day as they encourage independence, creativity, and education of the whole child.
Brett Casey - Partnerships
Brett Casey has over 15 years’ experience in the Information Technology industry. He has been a successful leader in both digital media start-up’s as well as corporate IT for Fortune 500 companies. Brett holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems from Florida Atlantic University. Brett has led the successful development of innovative digital products, as well as large business transformational projects & programs. Brett is currently the Director of the IT Program Management Office at Wyndham Vacation Ownership where he supports strategic technology programs.
Brett is a native of Atlantic Beach, Florida and has been a resident of Central Florida since 2009. He is an avid runner, enjoys competing in marathons and triathlons and spending as much time at the beach as possible. Brett and his amazing wife Samantha are the proud parents of 3 children, 2 attending Montessori of Winter Garden, and spend their time on life’s adventures with them. They believe strongly in the Montessori method to instill a life-long passion for learning, individuality, creativity and a caring for others and their environment. Brett currently serves as the Partnerships Chair for the Board and is responsible for creating lasting relationships across the Central Florida community that will support the various missions of our school.