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.  

  • Russell Shapiro, Chair
  • Brandy Thomas, Vice Chair
  • Beth Hammer, Secretary
  • Mharia Ross-Walcott, Treasurer
 Mharia 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!


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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