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May 14, 2024

Welcoming Rebecca "Becky" Marsolais as Interim Superintendent for the 2024-2025 School Year!

Dear Esteemed Staff, Students, and Parents of the California Montessori Project,

The Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the appointment of Ms. Rebecca "Becky" Marsolais as Interim Superintendent for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year. Ms. Marsolais brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success within the California Montessori Project community. She will assume this role on July 1, 2024.

Over the past 14 years, Ms. Marsolais has served CMP in various capacities, each fostering a deep understanding of our unique school cultures, challenges, and boundless opportunities. Her journey began as a Teaching and Club M Assistant, culminating in her most recent role as Principal at the Elk Grove Campus. Her leadership at Elk Grove has demonstrably yielded impressive academic growth, a testament to her strong instructional mind.

In her own words, Ms. Marsolais expresses her enthusiasm: "I am particularly excited about the opportunity to collaborate with our talented team of educators, dedicated parents, and supportive community partners to chart the course for our future success." We at the Board share this enthusiasm and are confident that, together, we can build upon our strengths, embrace innovation, and ensure every CMP student receives the exceptional Montessori education they deserve.

As we bid farewell to outgoing Superintendent Brett Barley, who departs on June 30th to lead the Dixon Unified School District, we commend his leadership and are grateful for his contributions. We are equally fortunate to have Ms. Marsolais step forward during this transition. “Becky is one of the strongest instructional minds we have at CMP,” said Mr. Barley, “She was specifically chosen to work in Elk Grove to help turn around that campus academically and we’ve seen great academic growth there the past several years under her leadership.”

In addition to assuming the responsibilities of Superintendent, which includes implementing the current strategic plan, Ms. Marsolais will actively engage in the selection process for her successor at the Elk Grove Campus. She will also gather valuable input from the CMP community to identify the ideal candidate for the permanent Superintendent position, which will be filled in the spring of 2025. We encourage your participation in this important search – more information will be available on our website.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Ms. Marsolais as she embarks on this exciting new chapter! We are confident that her leadership, collaborative spirit, and dedication to our core values will ensure a successful and enriching school year for all.


The California Montessori Project Governing Board

Picture of the Board with Becky Marsolais


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The California Montessori Project (CMP) Governing Board is conducting a Superintendent Search for the 2025-2026 school year. Please note, the Governing Board plans to seek input throughout the process and want to make community engagement a priority.

The Governing Board received Superintendent Brett Barley’s resignation from CMP effective June 30, 2024. We appreciate his service and dedication to CMP over the last 5 years, and wish him the best in his new role as Superintendent for Dixon Unified School District.

On March 21, 2024 the CMP Governing Board held a Special Meeting and formed an ad hoc search committee to develop a draft Superintendent Search Plan. The Superintendent Search Plan was approved by the Board on April 8, 2024.

Phase 1 of the Superintendent Search Plan began on April 9. CMP placed an internal posting for an Interim Superintendent.  Interested internal candidates may apply via Edjoin.  The Board is asking for applicants to submit a CV and Letter of interest outlining why they are interested in the position by noon on Monday, April 15, 2024.

If you would like to submit a comment or feedback on this topic, please do so via email to For additional information please reach out to Governing Board Secretary Carrie Klagenberg at, or 916.971.2432 ex.t 100. 

The CMP Governing Board