Board of Directors


Sherwood's Board of Directors generally meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the school.  Occasionally, the Board may meet on a different week or will not hold a meeting.  The Board may also meet in "Special Session."  Meetings are open to the public and agendas are posted at least 24 hours in advance of the the next meeting, 72 hours in advance of regular meetings.

We encourage all members of the public to attend the meetings and participate in shared governance.  All regular meetings include a time for public comment.  If you are unable to attend a meeting and would like to voice a comment or concern, a letter can be left in the main office to be read at the next board meeting.  

  • Dr. Russell Shapiro, Chair
  • Brandy Thomas, Vice Chair
  • Dr. Beth Hammer, Secretary
  • Mharia Ross-Walcott, Treasurer
  • Rosie Paulson
Russell ShapiroDr. Russell Shapiro
Dr. Russell Shapiro has spent his career in education, teaching Geology at various colleges and universities across the nation.  A drive to teach at a public university let him and his family to Chico in 2006.  Dr. Shapiro was on the initial start-up board for Sherwood, hosting meetings in the family living room and writing the charter.  He continues to have a very strong belief in public service.
Board Member Brandy Thomas
Brandy Thomas
Brandy Thomas values community education, empowerment and advocacy. She has worked to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in the areas of physical health, mental health and higher education for over a decade.  Brandy has delivered training on topics such as microaggressions and guided conversations on creating more inclusive space. One of her passions is to help others find and utilize their strengths to achieve health and happiness. Brandy has a background in both biology and psychology, and received her degrees from Chico State. Brandy is originally from Los Angeles and enjoys camping, baseball and paddle boarding with her family.
Beth HammerBeth Hammer and her family relocated from Southern California to Chico in late 2018 to be closer to extended family. She previously worked as an audiologist for the San Diego Veteran Affairs Healthcare System for 15 years, focusing primarily on traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients and those with severe to profound hearing loss.  She graduated with a communication science undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate from Gallaudet University (known for deaf undergraduate population) in Washington DC, where she taught and worked with underserved students to focus on health career opportunities.   She has recently changed focus from being a full time audiologist to working for her family as a mother, teacher/teachers aid and special needs advocate.  She enjoys reading, soccer, and live music
Mharia Ross-WalcottMharia Ross-Walcott
After twenty years of service as a teacher at Four Winds School and Hearthstone School in Butte County, I recently retired from the daily journey in the classroom and am pleased to serve on the Board for Sherwood Montessori. My dedication around developmental education and Montessori philosophy was born of my first teaching experiences in four Montessori schools in the 1970s. Equity and Inclusion, Social-Emotional Learning and School Gardens are among my passions for children and communities, as I assert that growth and transformation are at the core of the human experience!

Rosie Paulson has worked in the field of education in a number of roles, both professionally and as a home educator, for the past eighteen years.  Through her experience teaching 5th grade on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and working and traveling in many countries, she developed a focus and passion to see children in all areas receive culturally appropriate, quality education that best serves their individual needs.  She received her education training through a social justice lens, and continues to work actively in her community on issues relating to the well-being of children and families.  In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family and community.


Much of the Board's work is done at the Committee level and parents are encouraged to get involved in a committee that speaks to your interests.  (And yes, time spent on committee work most certainly counts towards your volunteer hours!)  Committees typically meet monthly at a time that works for the core members of the committee.  BOD committees are small groups consisting of 2-3 board members and typically includes teachers, parents, or administrative staff. You are encouraged to participate -- the more the folks involved, the better for our school.

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