Board of Directors


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.



Sean McGuire


Sean McGuire is a graphic designer helping organizations create societal changes. In addition to design, Sean is a part-time instructor at the Academy of Art. He is a lifetime resident of Santa Rosa, an amateur photographer and gardener. Sean lives in Santa Rosa with his wife and two children who attend primary class at Brush Creek Montessori School.



David Janowski

David Janowski started working with children at a young age. By age sixteen he attended a local community college where he started on a track to earn his Early Childhood Education units, and by age twenty, he became director of a large, local after-school program. While completing his BA in Psychology at Sonoma State University, he earned his teaching credential at Dominican College. He met his wife, Suki, while swing dancing, and the two of them became local swing dance instructors. In addition to teaching swing, David runs a couple of local businesses and lives in Santa Rosa with his wife and two children who attend Brush Creek Montessori School.