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.
- Next Meeting
November 18, 2019
Board of Directors’ Meeting
Monday, November 18, 2019
A. Call to Order……………………………………………………………….…………………Tyler Easterling, Chairwoman
- Adoption of Agenda
- Determination of Quorum
- Approval of the October 21, 2019 minutes
B. Action Items:
- Fence Estimates and Finance Report …………………………………………………..Jen Plunket, Finance Committee Chair
C. Information Items:
- PTO Report ……………………………………………………………………………Gwyn Single, PTO Co-Chair
D. Interim Director’s Report …………………………………………………………………..Dr. Chip Hennecy, Interim Director
E. Chairwoman’s Report ……………………………………………………………………………….. Tyler Easterling, Chairwoman
F. PUBLIC COMMENTS/REQUESTS: This section of each regularly scheduled Board meeting is reserved for comments from the audience on any item appearing on the agenda. Also, the time is made available for citizens to make specific requests of the school or to raise specific issues for future discussion by the Board. Comments/requests should be as brief and to the point as possible 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 Dr. Hennecy before the meeting begins. Normally, the Board will not address specific requests during the meeting at which they are made.
G. Next Meeting: December 16, 2019
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.
Tyler Easterling, Board Chair
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 is the immediate past chairman of the Kappa Delta Sorority Nominating Committee, a member of the executive committee member of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Young Presidents' Organization Southern 7 Chapter and a member of the 2018 Liberty Fellowship class. She 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 is a native of Sumter, South Carolina and has resided in Georgetown county for 18 years. Paula is the director of Children's Ministry for The Abbey at Pawleys Island. She currently serves on the Students in the Word Board. She holds a bachelor's degree in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina- Coastal Carolina College and a Masters of Education from the University of South Carolina. She is the mother of four children. Three of her children currently attend CMCS. She enjoys reading and spending time with her husband, Todd, and her children.
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 is an LPC (licensed professional counselor) and has a private practice in Georgetown. She is also the co-founder and board chair for Girls on the Run of the Grand Strand. Kathy’s passion for working with and helping young people started when she began her counseling career at the Relatives, a shelter for runaway and homeless youth in Charlotte, NC. Kathy is originally from New Canaan, Connecticut and headed south to attend Rollins College, where she received her BA in Psychology. After college she moved to Charlotte, NC and received her MA in Clinical Counseling from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. Kathy, her husband, Chad and 2 children, Grant and Kalin moved to Pawleys Island in 2012. Her children attended The Montessori School of Pawleys Island (MSPI) prior to enrolling in CMCS. She is also a past Board Chair for MSPI. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, usually on a soccer field somewhere
Kelly is the mother of three children, all of whom are enrolled in Montessori schools, including two at CMCS. She is a firm believer in the Montessori method and has served on the Board of Directors of multiple Montessori schools, including CMCS during the 2018-19 school year. She follows the teachings of Dr. Montessori and Dr. Grandin and believes that our goal in education should be to free a child’s potential, and emphasize what they can do, rather than what they cannot.
Kelly is a licensed attorney in South Carolina and Virginia and manages a national boutique law firm that employees a staff of over fifty and serves clients in more than thirty-five states related to regulatory, compliance, and administrative matters.
Prior to moving to South Carolina in 2010, 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 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.
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.