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Message from the Executive Director

April 12, 2018


Spring Update/Appreciation


In the coming weeks, you will be hearing about many great things happening at CMP.  Your Principals will also be inviting you to attend site-based LCAP presentations.

As we catch our collective breath heading into the final two months of the school year, I would like to acknowledge a few ‘unsung heroes,’ as follows:

I have the privilege, and honor, of working with an exceptional group of dedicated professionals in the CMP office.  This group, known as the Central Administration Team (CAT), provides critical support services that keep our organization ‘humming.’  Their responsibilities include human resources, professional development, payroll, data management, safety, state reporting and compliance, accounts payable, student services and family support, technology and Special Education.

At the campus levels, our Administrative Assistants are on the ‘front lines,’  responding to every minute-by-minute challenge, while also fulfilling complex and intense reporting duties.  There is not enough space to list all the great things that they do, and, there are not enough words to express my appreciation for their dedication to our CMP community!

I also have the pleasure of working closely with six extremely-gifted Principals.  In my humble estimation, they are simply the best!  Having served in the field of public education for 30+ years, I can attest to their professionalism, as well as their unparalleled commitment to Montessori education.   

The Principals, along with CMP’s outstanding Director of Program, Deans of Students and other school leaders, work tirelessly to support our amazing teachers and teaching assistants!  The instructional staff are the organization’s ‘life-blood,’ and ever-present sources of inspiration to all of us who are lucky enough to serve with them.

Last, but not least, I lift up our all-volunteer Governing Board of Directors.  In addition to Parent Representatives, our Board includes specialists in the areas of Montessori Methodology, business and accounting, community and Charter practices.  I cherish their collaboration and guidance.

In closing, I invite each of you to create an opportunity to share your appreciation, and gratitude, to at least one of the 400 CMP staff persons who, on a daily basis, give 100% of their heart and soul to support our students and families…sometimes a simple ‘thank you’ goes a long way!

And, as always, I thank YOU for your support.


Gary S. Bowman, M.S.Ed.

Superintendent/Executive Director, California Montessori Project

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