Board of Directors

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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.


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.




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.





Patty Acosta is originally a Connecticuter. She earned her BSN in Nursing at the University of Connecticut, then moved to work in Santa Rosa and fell in love with the community. Recently she is a full-time mother of two children, both of whom attend Brush Creek Montessori School. She loves volunteering for the school and connecting with fellow parents. Her interests inculde bike rides with her family, gardening, hiking and learning new things.