Board of Directors


Amy Elizabeth Robinson


Amy is a writer, poet, community activist, and historian, and the mother of two Brush Creek Montessori elementary-level students, who both entered the school as toddlers.  Amy holds a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.A. from University College London, and a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University. She studies Zen at the Pacific Zen Institute, edits Uncertainty Club, PZI’s online magazine of Zen and the arts, and blogs about creativity, spirituality, and social change at Still Life, Turning Planet. Her fiction and poetry have been published in local and international journals. She and her family live in an intentional community called Monan’s Rill in the hills northeast of Santa Rosa.


Cheyenne Stenvers-Stoltzfus


Cheyenne's experience with Montessori education began while attending Montessori Visions over 30 years ago here in Santa Rosa. Her educational background includes Animal Science and Biology, which led her into a very fulfilling career in Veterinary Medicine as a lead technician and hospital manager. Both Cheyenne and her husband agree that a strong educational foundation is important for successful schooling, which is why they decided to enroll their children in a Montessori school. Cheyenne is a native of Sonoma County and currently resides in Santa Rosa with her husband, 2 daughters, a Scottish Terrier and a Tabby cat.


Luke Snyder


Luke is a photographer, permaculturalist, teacher, and current parent of a BCMS elementary student. He has earned a B.A. in Geography from CSU, Chico, a Multiple Subject Elementary Teaching Credential from CSU, Chico, and an elementary level AMS Montessori Credential from the Montessori Teacher Education Center San Francisco Bay Area. Passionate about experiential education, community, and health, Luke enjoys spending time with his wife and child, picking local fruits and veggies, exploring the nearby natural world, and making progress on his yoga mat.  Currently, he makes commercial, corporate, and special event images at


Pauline Gutierrez

Staff Liaison

Pauline is a graduate of Prescott College with a B.A. in Education. She completed her Montessori Teacher Training at Clay Platte Children's House in 1984. She has worked as a Montessori Head Teacher in the Preschool and Lower Elementary Classrooms for 23 years. Pauline is married and has four grown children.