Cathedral Hill Montessori School

"A person is what he is, not because of the teachers he has had, but as a result of that which he has done for himself."
– Dr. Maria Montessori

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Meet Our Board

Andrew Gibbons, President

Andrew Gibbons joined the board in August 2015.  Andrew has been a CHMS parent since the first year it opened and currently has one child enrolled and one child graduated, Stella and Georgie.  Andrew has been thrilled with the experience his daughters have had with a Montessori education and within the CHMS community.  Andrew is an attorney at a Minneapolis law firm, practicing in the areas of energy and environmental law.  He received a B.S. in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago, an M.S. in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy form the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.  Andrew is honored to serve as Board President, and enjoys his involvement and contribution to the CHMS community.

Erin Fitzgerald, Vice President

Erin Fitzgerald is a founding board member of Cathedral Hill Montessori School.  She started in 2011 as President when the school was a merely an idea being formed in Whitney Blessing’s mind.  Erin is passionate about Montessori education, having some of her best memories resulting from her own Montessori experience as a child. Now as a mom, her oldest daughter attends Montessori at Mayflower Early Childhood Center.

Erin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota (PR major/Business minor) and has worked in commercial real estate since 2005, currently as a Vice President in office brokerage for Transwestern. Erin leverages her background and experience to bring a business and marketing approach to the board – advocating in the school’s best interest financially and contractually.

Alex Jude, Treasurer

37f1c26Alex joined the CHMS Board as Treasurer in August 2016. His interest in joining stems from his family’s increasing involvement in the CHMS community, as he now has
his youngest daughter attending CHMS. CHMS has been an integral part of both his daughters’ development, and he looks forward to making sure that CHMS continues to thrive, particularly by helping the Board tell the school’s financial story and by maintaining a meaningful financial dialogue with families.

Alex’s strong financial background makes him an ideal fit to fulfill the Treasurer role on the Board. He earned a B.A. in Economics from St. John’s University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Minnesota before going on to work in commercial banking, helping small businesses and non-profits secure funding. Currently, Alex manages financial planning and analysis for 3M’s Health Care Business Group.

Jenifer O’Leary, Secretary

jeniferJenifer O’Leary joined the Board in summer 2015. Jenifer has two children who attend and thrive in Montessori schools. Jenifer is highly interested in early childhood Montessori programs and language immersion learning opportunities for children; Jenifer attended a Spanish language immersion elementary school and her husband attended Montessori schools through eighth grade.
Jenifer is a lifelong resident of Minnesota who grew up in Minneapolis and Duluth, went to college in Saint Peter, and established her adult life in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Jenifer received an undergraduate degree in French and Psychology with study abroad time in France and later worked as an advocate for adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illnesses for several years after graduation. Jenifer then enrolled in law school and received a juris doctorate degree with study abroad time in Hungary and has worked primarily in criminal law and child protection for the District Court of Minnesota as judicial legal staff and as a county prosecutor. In her personal time, Jenifer enjoys lap swimming and fiction book clubs.


Anna Sipprell, Community Events & Development Committee Chair

AS headshotAnna Sipprell has been a member of the board since August 2015, and began as a parent at CHMS. The Sipprell family lives in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood and have been a part of the CHMS community until their daughter graduated from CHMS in 2017. Professionally, Anna works as the Marketing Manager for Henricksen, a full service commercial furniture dealership located in downtown Minneapolis.

Anna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute and works in a creative role to market to the design community in an effort to connect with architects, interior designers, real estate professionals and business owners about the industry trends as well as products and services her company provides. As the Marketing Manager, she generally works to support sales efforts. She loves to collaborate with team members to create effective client presentations and deliverables.

With an increasing awareness of the Montessori Method, Anna contributes greatly to the success of CHMS by serving on the board and assists in marketing efforts and event planning, among other things, during her term.

Scott LeGere, Community Events & Development Committee

IMG_2926A Montessori Child himself (exact dates not important), Scott LeGere has played key roles in the ownership and operation of audio recording facilities, independent record labels, media schools, and commercial music production companies. During this time he has engineered Grammy nominated albums with some of his musical idols and produced Clio, Emmy, and Cannes Lion award winning commercial spots for clients including Target, Bauer Hockey, and BluDot among others.

In addition to his industry endeavors, Scott chairs the Music Business Department at the McNally Smith college of Music, attempting to distill some wisdom from the above “career” to his students- most of whom would rather just make records or play guitar than worry about business issues. He doesn’t blame them.

The father of Lena in Children’s House 2, Scott ardently believes in the power of the Montessori Method for developing self-confidence, curiosity, and creativity in individuals both young and old.

Kathy Anderson, Head of School Support & Evaluation Committee Chair

Kathy Anderson joined the CHMS Board in July, 2017. She recently retired from Oak Hill Montessori School, Shoreview, after serving as Head of School for the past 13 years. Kathy has been active in Montessori education for 30+ years, as a classroom teacher for 17 years and in administrative positions for schools in Atlanta, Dallas and here in Minnesota.  Kathy grew up in Minnesota, graduating from St Cloud State University and teaching in Minnesota public schools before following graduate courses at the University of Minnesota. After a family move to Atlanta and her son’s positive experience in Montessori education, she earned her certification from the Montessori Institute of Atlanta. Kathy is a strong advocate for Montessori education and is eager to bring her experience and enthusiasm for Montessori to the Cathedral Hill Board.

Lora Horgen, Community Events & Development Committee

Lara Bergman, Board Member

Lara Bergman joined the board in August of 2017. She comes to the CHMS board with a passion for Montessori and an interest in providing Montessori education to children from all kinds of backgrounds. She has a Master’s degree in Education and is a trained Montessorian with experience teaching at several schools around the Twin Cities and one in Thailand. She has settled back in her native Minneapolis where both of her children attend a Montessori school close to home. A Montessori child herself, Lara is excited to see Montessori schools serving communities all around the Twin Cities and is happy to be on the board to ensure a continued commitment to high quality Montessori at CHMS.