School Board of Directors

The Casa Esperanza Board of Directors regularly meets once a month on the dates denoted on the Casa Family calendar. If you would like to offer your talents or service to help build Casa Esperanza Montessori, please consider volunteering on one of the board committees.  The board of directors represent the  nonprofit organization established in 2000 to make a language-studies based, Montessori education available to children in the Triangle area of North Carolina through a private preschool and public elementary and middle grades charter school, which serve students ages 3-14 years. The Board of Directors is responsible for writing the Casa strategic plan to guide the growth and development of the school, including excellence in academic performance, fiscal responsibility, managed growth, community involvement and clear leadership.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at the school.


The Board Meetings for the 2016-2017 School Year will be held on the following dates throughout the year. All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are held at the school. The annual retreat was held on Sunday, July 31st.

 August 18, 2016  November 16, 2016* February 16, 2017 May 18, 2017
 September 15, 2016  December 15, 2016  March 16, 2017  June 15, 2017
 October 20, 2016  January 19, 2017  April 27, 2017

*This meeting will be on a Wednesday evening.


Board of Directors Members

Name Role Contact
Awamary Khan Chairperson* mkhan@cemcs.org
Traci Tucker-Cortez Secretary* ttucker-cortez@cemcs.org
Luke Simmons Treasurer* lsimmons@cemcs.org
Chip Shankle Member at Large cshankle@cemcs.org
Kristina Sims Member at Large ksims@cemcs.org
Cindy Appleby Member at Large cappleby@cemcs.org

*Executive Committee Members

Committee Structure

Committee Name Meeting Days & Time
Board Affairs Second Thursday at 6:00 p.m.
Finance/Human Resources Second Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
Strategic Planning Second Thursday at 4:00 p.m.
Development/ Communications Third Thursday at 5:00 p.m.
Facilities First Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Executive Second Wednesday at 8:00 a.m.
Board Meetings Third Thursday at 6:00 p.m.

If you are interested in serving on a committee as a committee member or committee chairperson please contact our Board  Affairs Chairperson, Michel Miller.

All board meetings and committee meetings are listed on the family calendars. Any changes to the regular schedule will be made there.

School Officers

Ibis Núñez, Head of School

Awamary Khan, Board Chair

Michel Miller, Vice Chair

Traci Tucker-Cortez, Secretary

Luke Simmons, Treasurer