CMCS Board of Directors meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month at 6 p.m., at CMCS: 111 Old Plantation Drive, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, unless otherwise noted. They are open to the public with the exception of Executive Session.

2020 Board Election Process

Coastal Montessori Charter School (CMCS) has contracted with the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina (PCSASC) to administer this year’s appointment and election process. This ensures integrity and confidentiality in the process. The governing board consists of two (2) appointed members and seven (7) elected members. There is currently one (1) seat up for appointment and four (4) seats up for election. You may view the election candidates here.

Voting will open on May 26th at 8 a.m. and close on May 28th at 3 p.m. Voting open with e-ballot links emailed to each parent/guardian and employee of CMCS.

There is one vote per child enrolled in the school and one vote per employee. Voting will be available via e-ballot allowing parents and employees to vote via the internet. Each ballot will have a unique pin number to ensure confidentiality and integrity of the process. 
Computers will be available at the school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day for families who need additional assistance with voting. 

Click here for entire timeline and process.

Next Meeting

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, May 18, 2020
6:00 PM

MEETING – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
May 18, 2020 – 6:00PM
https://TheBrandonAgency.zoom.us/j/4133615357

A. CALL TO ORDER Board Chair
a. Determination of Quorum
b. Approval of Agenda
c. Approval of 4/20/20 Minutes

B. PUBLIC COMMENT*

C. INFORMATION AND REPORTS
a. Director’s Report Director
b. Chairperson’s Report Board Chair

D. ACTION ITEMS
a. 19/20 Budget Updates Fin. Comm. Chair
i. Training
b. Bond Money – Furniture Kim Evans-Robey

E. ADJOURNMENT

F. NEXT MEETING: June 15, 2020 at 6 pm

* Public Comment is to be heard from citizens on any item appearing on the agenda. Also, the time is made available for citizens to make specific requests of the school, offer suggestions, or to raise specific issues for future discussion by the Board. Comments should be as brief and should not exceed 3 minutes. Persons who wish to address the Board are requested to complete one of the cards available at the entrance and submit it to the Director before the meeting begins. This time is allowed for citizen input and the Board will not respond or address specific requests during the meeting at which they are made.

** Please note that the Board may elect to take action on issues discussed during Executive Session prior to adjournment.

CMCS’s Mission is to produce highly-educated, self-directed, socially-responsible citizens who work collaboratively, respectfully, and peacefully as individual yet interdependent learners in a diverse and nurturing community. Through the unique combination of empirically-validated Montessori principles, localized charter governance, and open access, Coastal Montessori Charter School further aims to provide Georgetown County School District with an academically excellent, financially accountable public school choice.

Minutes

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Minutes 2013

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Board Members

Tyler Easterling

Board Chair

Tyler Easterling

Tyler is a native of Marietta, Georgia and has resided in Georgetown county since moving to the area in 2002. Tyler currently is the president and COO of The Brandon Agency, an integrated marketing agency headquartered in Myrtle Beach. She serves on the Waccamaw Community Foundation, Helping Hands of Georgetown and Young Presidents' Organization Southern 7 Chapter boards. She is a member of the 2018 Liberty Fellowship class and holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Mississippi and a Masters of Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina. She is an active member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist church and enjoys spending time with her husband, Marshall, and two daughters, Julia and Anne Marshall, who both attend CMCS.

Sarah Smith

Vice Chair

Paula Johnson

Secretary

Paula Johnson

Paula is a native of Sumter, South Carolina and has resided in Murrells Inlet since 2001. Paula is the Administrator and Children’s Ministry Director for The Abbey at Pawleys Island. Paula serves on the Board for Students in the Word. Paula holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina-Coastal Carolina College and a Master’s in Education from the University of South Carolina. Paula has worked as a corporate trainer for Blue Cross Blue Shield and as a Claims Representative and Attorney Negotiator for State Farm Insurance. Paula has additional experience in grant writing and teaching. She is an active member of The Abbey at Pawleys Island enjoys spending time with her husband, Todd, and 4 children, Scott, Noah, Sarah Grace, and Hope. Three of her four children attend CMCS.

Jennifer Plunket

Treasurer

Jennifer Plunket is the Stewardship Coordinator at the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, where she works on a variety of research and education projects directed toward the long-term conservation of the coastal environment. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and Biology at Coastal Carolina University, and PhD in Oceanography at Louisiana State University. She has spent a lot of time in the mud counting plants and on the beach counting birds, but most enjoys the opportunity to take people out into the marshes and swamps to experience these fascinating habitats. She believes Montessori has served her son Everett well in getting off to a truly lifelong love of learning and is thankful for the dedication of the teachers, parents and board members who created and nurtured CMCS this far.

Kathy Redwine

Kathy Redwine

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes

Kelly is the owner and managing partner of Burgeon Legal Group and mother of three children, all of whom are enrolled in Montessori schools, including one in CMCS’ Lower Elementary program. She is a firm believer in the Montessori method and has served as board chair for the Montessori School of Pawleys Island.

Kelly founded the boutique law firm she manages, which has grown from two to over 40 employees, and currently represents clients in 25 states before non-profit associations, courts, and government agencies related to regulatory, compliance, and administrative matters.

Prior to moving to South Carolina, Kelly lived in and around Washington, D.C., where she served as Legal Counsel and Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Capital Alumni Network, an association of over 200 college and university’s DC-based alumni chapters. She received her Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University Law School and her Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University.

Joy Burch

Joy Burch

Joy has practiced and taught yoga, meditation and mindful living for over 15 years. She is the former owner and director of Inward Bound, an international yoga retreat company, leading wellness vacations in Jamaica, Costa Rica and the US. She previously held sales and marketing positions in the cosmetics industry, and for both Tony Robbins and Deepak Chopra, traveling for events and book tours.

She holds an undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston, a MBA in International Business from Thunderbird, School of Global Management, a 500-hour yoga teacher certification and a holistic health practitioner certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Moving to a small beach town in Costa Rica in 2005 also afforded her the experience of being a part of a developing community, with the opportunities and challenges that presents. She speaks Spanish and loves to write, surf and spend time with her husband and two daughters, Millie and Sunny.

After residing in San Diego, Phoenix, New York City and Costa Rica, she now calls Pawleys Island home and teaches public and private wellness classes.

Kim Evans-Robey

Kim Evans-Robey

A native of Maryland, Kim grew up along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. She moved to Georgia to attend college, earning both her Bachelors and Masters of Architecture degrees at The Savannah College of Art and Design. Upon graduation Kim returned home to Maryland where she spent ten years working as an Architect for a national E/A firm. During her career she managed a wide range of commercial project types for clients such as Lockheed Martin, Marriot, Hilton in addition to both local and federal government projects. Kim and her husband, Chad made the decision to move south to raise their family. They landed in Murrells Inlet where they enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle that reminds them of their own childhoods.

Kim has been involved with CMCS from the day its Montessori classrooms were opened to students. Her role began as a parent that first year, volunteering with the PTO and in the art classroom. She quickly realized CMCS was a place she wanted to contribute her talents to, and found a path though the SC PACE program to obtain the necessary credentials to do so. Kim officially began her teaching career in 2013, serving as CMCS’s Visual Arts teacher. Over the course of her career at CMCS, Kim took on additional roles including Testing Coordinator, Media Specialist and in-house designer. She made the difficult decision to leave the classroom, in 2019 in order to return the design world she stepped away from, and joined SGA | Narmour Wright Design’s office in Pawleys Island.

Kim is a firm believer in the Montessori philosophy of education as she has witnessed the benefits it has to offer first hand with both of her daughters. Her oldest, Zaria, is now a high school freshman at the Academy of Arts, Science and Technology and her youngest, Tallulah, is enrolled in CMCS’s Lower Elementary Program. Kim is extremely grateful for the opportunities they have had in Montessori classrooms and wants to continue to preserve the choice of a Montessori education for other families.

Wesley Bryant

Wesley Bryant

Wesley Paul Bryant, resident of Georgetown, moved here in 2004 to become a part of the legal community as an attorney. He and his wife Katy have 4 children, two of which attend CMCS. He believes the Montessori model of education is the right fit for his children as he and Katy's parenting method encourages education through personal observation, emotion, and hands-on experience. A native of South Carolina and a graduate of The Citadel and the University of South Carolina School of Law, Wes is currently employed as the Government Services Director for the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments. His current career path became possible after working for The Bell Legal Group until 2007 and then transitioning to become the Georgetown County Attorney for 13 years. He has a wide variety of experience in the government sector which translates well to the duties of the board. A proponent of adventure, his family spends a great amount of time traveling in search of a view and new experience.