About

Board of Directors

Aaron Terwey - President

Aaron Terwey is a corporate attorney with Goodwin Procter LLP, where he represents technology companies, entrepreneurs, and investors in venture capital financings and general corporate matters.  He earned his law degree from the University of Notre Dame and his BA in Political Science from Colgate University.  Born and raised in Austin, Aaron now lives in Dallas with his wife and two young children.  Aaron is the grandson of founder Donna Bryant Goertz and attended Austin Montessori School for 7 years.

Sue Cozart - Treasurer

Sue Cozart works at Intel leading worldwide teams to develop and enhance the customer experience for engineers using Intel's FPGA products.  She has worked in various engineering and marketing roles in the semiconductor industry for 25 years.  In addition, Sue was a co-founder and operations director for a music school for five years, helping to open and build the school to five locations around the Austin area.  Sue is the mother of three children who started at Austin Montessori School as young children and commenced from the Adolescent Community. In addition to Sue's volunteer work at AMS, she is also an active volunteer at Austin Pets Alive! fostering dogs and cats, walking dogs, and feeding kittens

Nicholas Pippins

Nicholas Pippins is a Montessori child, Guide, and Administrator. He currently serves as the Director at Lotus Montessori on the east side of Austin working alongside his wife, Amilyn Houghton, the founder.

Nicholas attended Austin Montessori School as a child and graduated from the first 9th-grade class at the AMS adolescent program. After his undergraduate studies in religion and philosophy at Hendrix College, he pursued his Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Elementary training in Bergamo, Italy.  Before joining our Board of Directors, Nicholas served AMS as an assistant, then a Guide in the Upper Elementary Classroom, and has also earned an AMI Primary diploma from the Montessori Institute of North Texas.  He brings with him years of understanding and experience in the Montessori Method as well as an unprecedented knowledge of the history and rich culture at AMS.

Grae Baker - Head of School

Grae Baker (Ex Officio) is the Head of School at Austin Montessori School in Austin, TX.  Grae holds an AMI elementary diploma, a B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a M.Ed. in Montessori education from Loyola College, and has completed the AMI Orientation to Adolescent Studies.  He began his work in Montessori as a primary classroom assistant. He later served as a guide in upper elementary, 6-12 elementary, and as founding lead teacher of the adolescent program at Omni Montessori School in Charlotte, NC where he went on to serve as Head of School. 

Sandy Bartholome - Business Manager

Sandy Bartholome (Ex Officio) ) is the Business Manager at Austin Montessori School.  She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an M.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, and a NonProfit Finance Certificate from Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.  Before joining AMS in July 2016, she worked at Chinquapin Preparatory School near Houston for thirty years, the last ten as the school’s business manager.

Annette Ramey - Interim Secretary

Annette Ramey is a Keller Williams Real Estate Professional and in addition to 16 years in the mortgage field, she has 20+ years of experience with strategic leadership and business planning with both profit and non-profit entities. She enjoys identifying problems and finding solutions to time-sensitive projects, along with financial analysis and promoting and managing programs. Annette grew up on a small ranch in South Austin, once riding horses where bustling Sunset Valley is today, and later earned a BS in Communications from The University of Texas and an MBA-Business from St. Edward’s University. She has numerous marketing and business certifications, and also serves on the Guild with The Center for Child Protection for Central Texas.  Annette's two sons, Robert and Alex, attended Austin Montessori School for 17 years.

Debra Day Floyd

With business acumen, leadership skills, and a warm human touch, Debra Floyd has helped numerous individuals, commercial enterprises, and non-profit entities reach their goals. Her career has included a stint with Ernst & Young and a long stretch with Eaton Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio eventually becoming an independent consultant for various small and large businesses. Her contributions included project management, business plan development, business process development, and new business acquisition and integration. Her purpose has included a focus on education and community, as well as helping other people find their niche. Her daughter attended AMS through upper elementary school.
 
Debra is a CPA and holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Ohio University and an MBA from the University of Texas Executive Education Program.  She has served as a Board Member on the University of Texas Executive MBA Alumni Association and in 2010 joined the Board of KLRU, serving as Chair of the Finance Committee, then as Treasurer in 2013, and currently as an Executive Committee member. 

Jason W. Snell

Jason W. Snell is a trial lawyer and Austin Montessori School parent since 2015. He has been a business litigator for more than 20 years and is recognized as a creative problem-solver. Jason first honed his skills as a litigator practicing in Dallas and then New York City. In 2007, Jason founded The Snell Law Firm in Austin to bring high-quality and more personal representation to businesses and individuals. 
 
Jason currently serves as a board member for Life Reimagined for Children, a non-profit that supports the mission and activities of the Travis County Juvenile Probation Department. He is also a member of the Jury Service Committee for the State Bar of Texas. Jason previously served as a board member for the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas and the Austin Bar Association (2011–2013).

Steve Menyhert

Steve Menyhert is an alumni parent of a daughter who attended Austin Montessori School from the age of 2 until graduating from the adolescent community. He has been a software engineer for over 40 years, starting in Mainframe and Mini-Computer development and progressing to modern Cloud-Native architectures. He worked for six years on the PowerPC Microprocessor program at Motorola and worked for 15 years developing software in the Investment Banking space, most recently for Thomson/Reuters. Along the way, Steve has worked at five technology startups. 

For six years, Steve volunteered as framing and roofing crew chief at Austin Habitat for Humanity and built 28 houses. His prior board experience includes serving on the board of Vancouver Habitat for Humanity in British Columbia. Steve holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Cincinnati and an Executive MBA from Georgia Tech.
Austin Montessori School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex or gender, disability, or age in providing educational services, activities, and programs. Austin Montessori School complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), as amended, which incorporates and expands upon the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and any other legally-protected classification or status protected by applicable law.