President, Stephanie Griffiths, Ph.D.
My educational and occupational background partly explains my desire to support the exceptional educational environment of The Summerland Montessori School (SMS). I received a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University and I have taught undergraduate and graduate Psychology courses for the past 15 years. My husband and I relocated to Penticton 10 years ago following completion of my clinical residency at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. We were welcomed into the SMS family four years ago, when our daughter started preschool with Ms. Chrissi. We have an amazing community of learning at SMS, but like anything amazing it takes a lot of work to keep it running smoothly. I volunteered for the Board of Directors to do my part to help maintain our school community. I feel privileged to be able to work with our outstanding teaching and support staff, as well as our remarkably committed parent volunteers.
Vice-President, Tania Snyders, NUA
My occupation as a Nursing Unit Assistant depends on multi-tasking and dealing with the stresses of the health care environment. I bring these skills to my position on the Board of Directors.
My association with the Summerland Montessori School began when I enrolled my son with the Prairie Valley Preschool in Jan 2013. My son’s journey continues to this day as he is enjoying elementary school. I was asked to join the board in 2015 and since then, I have taken on many volunteer duties throughout the school year including hot lunch coordinator, head of fundraising and event planning committee.
My vision is to make Summerland Montessori School an amazing place for students and families. I aspire for our school to be successful on all levels. “I love helping as much as I can, volunteering helps create community spirit”.
Secretary, Lara Rudniski
I have been a Journeyman Meter Technician for 21 years, and employed by the District of Summerland for 14 of those years. My husband and I researched independent schools with small class sizes when our daughter reached school age because we were strongly motivated to provide her with the best education we could. Our daughter began her adventure with the school when we enrolled her in the full day JJK class with Ms Jenny. I became a member of the Board of Directors in fall of 2014 because one of the advantages of the school is that it allows for direct parent involvement. I care very much about my daughter’s education and I want to be involved. Among other roles, I have been very active in fostering a sense of community through school events like wine evenings, pub nights, and beach socials.