The May Sands Montessori School is a not-for-profit corporation, managed by a nine-member Board of Directors: six (6) parents/guardians of students enrolled in the school, and three (3) representative members of the community.  The election, terms of office and duties shall be as contained in the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws.  There are four officers of the Charter Board of Directors: the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Immediate Past President sits on the Board in an advisory capacity and is not a voting member.

Charter Board Open Seat

The May Sands Montessori School seeks a member of the Key West/Lower Keys community to serve on our Charter Board. Members of the community that have an interest in serving on the Charter Board should complete an electronic application (below). Our ideal candidate will possess expertise or professional skill in one or more of the following areas:

  • Organizational Management
  • Community Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Human Resources
  • Charter School Law

MSMS Community Member Application

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Charter Board Binder Information

Each member of the Charter Board receives a binder containing comprehensive information about the school so that they understand their role as members of the school’s governing body.  The following documents, which are included in the binder, are made available on our website as well so that members of the Charter Board may access them as needed.

Government in the Sunshine Manual 2020

2020 – 2023 Strategic Plan MSMS

MSMS Bylaws approved May 21_2020

Description of School Governance and Personnel Responsibilities

Governance Training Requirement

Charter Board Orientation Forms

2016 May Sands Montessori Charter 15-year Renewal

15-year Facilities Lease May Sands Montessori School 2017

Florida Department of Education: Charter Schools

 MSMS Parent Member Application

MSMS Community Member Application

Please see our school events calendar for upcoming board meeting dates:

Executive Directors of the Board


Vice President

Chase Hurst

Finance Director, Womankind 

send Chase an email message

Community Member

Term: through June 2023

Melissa Trader

Owner, Stone Soup Gallery

send Melissa an email message

Community Member

Term: through June 2023



Gruber, Alicia 

Self Employed 

send Alicia an email message

Parent Member

Term: through May 2023

James Villegas

Self-Employed, DJ Events

send James an email message

Parent Member

Term: through May 2023

Members at Large

Chad Will,

Owner & Operator, Tarpon Diem Charters

send Chad an email message

Parent Member

Term: through May 2022

Ina Pamporova,

Keys To Do

send Ina an email message

Parent Member

Term: through May 2023

Chris Occhiuto,

All Island Inspection, Licensed Home Inspector

send Chris an email message

Parent Member 

Term: through June 2023


Community Member

Community Member

Term: through June 2022

Helen Rebane,

Kutchey’s Flowers, Designer

send Helen an email message

Interim Parent Member

Term: through May 2022