CMPA: Staying Connected, Sharing Ideas, Having Fun
Your CMPA: Strengthening Our Community
Your Crabapple Montessori Parents Association (CMPA) is dedicated to fostering a stronger sense of community at our school between the administration, teachers, students and parents. We hope to accomplish this through coordinating meaningful events and activities that enhance children’s learning experiences, strengthen communication between parents and the school, and celebrate every child and our diversity.
The CMPA is funded solely by your contributions and we are aiming for 100% membership this year. These funds go towards helping us organize and pay for:
- Festivals: Fall Festival and Love Around the World
- Social gatherings and activities
- Maintaining classroom gardens
- Teacher Appreciation Luncheons
- Assistance with teacher’s further education
- Cultural celebrations
- Classroom crafts
- Guest Speaker events
Your CMPA team this year is a great mixture of returning CMPA and new committee members. We are always looking for volunteers to join our team.
The following persons have graciously agreed to be the officers of the CMPA:
Kim Goldstein, President: I was raised in Pennsylvania and moved to the Atlanta area 22 years ago to attend Georgia Tech. I found Montessori while researching pre-schools for my then-toddler son. I was thrilled to see so many children in each classroom diligently and independently working on their own activity. It’s important for me that my children be excited to learn and thrive in their school environment. I love to cook, read, and experiment with photography. I currently have a daughter in Primary. I have been a room parent in both the toddler and primary classrooms, which was wonderful because it allowed me to get to know students, parents, and faculty. This is my second year serving on the CMPA board.
Sikiu Yepes: Sikiu’s husband’s family loves Montessori philosophy of education. The Montessori education system is quite ingrained in her family. She is originally from Colombia and has been in Georgia for over 18 years! She is a Realtor by profession for the last 11 years. Her first involvement with the CMPA was as a Room Parent and then as a committee leader. It gives her a great sense of joy to take such an important leadership role now, as it allows her to meet new friends, participate in activities and have a greater appreciation of everything CMS has to offer. She has been involved with CMS for the last three years!
Jennifer Odil: Jennifer grew up in Rome, Georgia and moved to the Atlanta area 20 years ago. She has a BS in Psychology and an MBA in International Business. Her job experience includes financial analysis and auditing. Her favorite hobby is traveling. Jennifer has been involved with CMPA since her son, Roman, started at CMS in 2011, and has enjoyed the extra interaction with the school’s parents, staff, and children through being a part of the CMPA. Roman started in the Toddler program room in 2011 and is now in his second year of Elementary. She has been overjoyed with the experiences Roman had at CMS and feels grateful for his opportunity to attend such a great school.