The Finance Committee will meet on Monday, January 24, 2021 at 5:45 p.m. The Board of Trustees will meet on Monday, January 24, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Both meetings will take place via Zoom. The link to join the meeting is on the agenda below.
Click here to view: BoardAgendaJan2022
The Board of Trustees is the organized group of volunteers who, collectively, are legally and morally accountable to the community for the health, vitality, and effectiveness of the Sturgis Charter Public School. The Board’s primary role is “Governance”, which encompasses legal responsibilities, general oversight, planning and policy-making, and meeting fiduciary requirements. The Board only has authority when it votes as a group. No single member has authority for the board as a whole.
Ashley Benson joined the Sturgis faculty in 2019. She teaches IB Spanish and English. Ashley has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Delaware and a Masters in Secondary Education with a focus in Spanish from George Washington University. Prior to teaching at Sturgis, Ashley and her husband, Brett Morales (also a teacher at Sturgis), taught abroad at IB schools in Ghana and Ecuador. Ashley is a sponsor of the Mock Trial Team, Cradles to Crayons Club, and the Creative Writing Club. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and being involved with community service. New to the Cape, she has also enjoyed exploring all the beautiful sites this area has to offer!
Gordon Harris joined the Sturgis Charter School Board of Trustees in February 2014. Gordon is currently the President of Wakeby Fire & Associates, a fundraising, marketing and organizational development consulting firm and has over 25 years of experience in business management, operations management, organizational development with not for profit and for profit organizations. Gordon also attended an IB High School, the International School of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Paul Marble has served his entire career as a teacher and administrator in three Massachusetts high schools, including a private boarding school, large urban district school, and a charter public school. Paul taught IB English at Sturgis for six years; was Principal for six years; became Executive Director in July of 2016; has made numerous presentations about the IB Diploma Programme and its implementation; is an IB Site Visitor; and is an IB Workshop Leader, helping experienced IB teachers from across the nation support diverse learners in their classrooms. He also has developed and led teacher workshops for the IB Organization’s Bridging the Equity Gap project.
David McPherson of Bourne is the parent of three children who attended Sturgis Charter Public School. He is the founder of Four Ponds Financial Planning LLC, a fee-only financial planning and investment management firm based in Falmouth. He previously worked as a journalist in a variety of roles, including deputy business editor of The Providence Journal and reporter and bureau chief at the Cape Cod Times. He also served as a personal finance columnist for ABCNews.com. David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stonehill College.
Arthur Pontes taught History and English for six years each at Sturgis West and Sturgis East from 2004-2016 and served as the IB Coordinator and English Dept. Head. He led the Project Smile student trip to Honduras in 2006. He has a BA in both History and English and an MEd in TESOL and has completed graduate study in School Aministration. Arthur began his career teaching in Somerville, Massachusetts followed by twenty-five years working as a teacher and administrator in American overseas schools in Ecuador, The Netherlands, Italy, and Belgium. His administrative posts included being Secondary Principal, IB Coordinator, and Arts Center Principal. He also served as Head of School in both Ecuador and Florence, Italy.
Polyanna Rocha resides in Sandwich, she is the parent of Sarah (’20), Deborah (’23), and Isaac (‘24). She joined the Board of Trustees in January of 2021. Polyanna holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts and is currently working on her master’s in Taxation from Bentley University. Polyanna is from Brazil, she moved to the United States in her early high school years. She is fluent in both English and Portuguese and is an active voice for international/ESL students.
Catherine Thomas is the parent of Claire (Sturgis ’15) and Charlie (Sturgis ’16). She was an active member and past president of the Sturgis Parents Association. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Catherine received her BA in Economics from Connecticut College. For the past 18 years she has served as a consultant and trustee of The Whitehall Foundation, a private, non-profit foundation where she oversees the disbursement of over $4 million annually to fund basic scientific research in neurobiology. Catherine is also an active realtor with William Raveis Real Estate in Osterville.
Theresa Tuaño of Yarmouth is the parent of Lyle (Sturgis ‘21) and Jake (Sturgis ‘24). She joined the Board of Trustees in February 2021 and is also an active member of the Sturgis Parent Association. Theresa has 25 years of experience leading policy development and programs for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Peace Corps and the Environmental Protection Agency. She has lived and worked in numerous countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Central America. Theresa also illustrates and writes picture books for children.
Marion Weeks served as a Sturgis Librarian (2004-2011) and Sturgis Community Outreach Coordinator (2011-2017). She is the parent of Kate Weeks (Sturgis ’10). Marion received her BA in English from UNC-Greensboro and her MSLS from UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to Sturgis, she worked in a variety of libraries including UNC Graduate Library, Savannah Public Library, Peace Corps librarian in Niger, West Africa, Warren Wilson College and Yarmouth Libraries. Marion also served as Director of Off-Campus Study at Colgate University (1990-1995).