Four Corners Montessori Academy’s Board of Directors stands firm for safe, secure schools, and makes the tough decisions to ensure that every child receives a first-class education free of disruption, threat or fear. The Board is focused on student achievement, parent satisfaction, and a safe, secure location for learning.
FCMA operates under the Public School Academy governance structure in which the Academy is authorized, or receives its charter from, Oakland University’s Board of Trustees. OU’s Board of Trustees appoints individuals to FCMA’s Board of Directors. Members are required to be bona fide citizens of Michigan, undergo a criminal records check, and comply with conflict of interest guidelines established by law and OU.
Current School Board Members:
Michele Wacht, President
Michele Wacht graduated from Marion High School in Birmingham, MI and later attended Ferris State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Communications with a minor in Journalism. Most of her career has been in sales, marketing, and senior management. Michele is happily married to Michael Wacht and they have a daughter, Emma, who has been educated in Montessori since preschool. Emma came to FCMA as a kindergartner and is currently a sixth grader.
Michele is now a stay-at-home mom and has found many interests like gardening, cooking, joining a stock club and in Montessori education. Her passion for Montessori began soon after the birth of her daughter. Like many other parents at FCMA, she wanted to be apart of this wonderful community and support the continued growth of the school.
Michele currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Academy and holds the office of President, where she is able to use her expertise in business management as well as marketing.
Lee Jacobsen, Vice President
Bio to come.
Scott Lazenby, Treasurer
Scott Lazenby holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Eastern Michigan University and is currently pursuing an MBA at Wayne State University. He works for Helm, Inc., where for the past five years he has held various titles including Distribution Center Supervisor and Senior Financial Analyst.
Scott is the oldest child from a family of three children and has a longtime girlfriend named Jacki. His hobbies include rock climbing, participating in Tough Mudder competitions and training to become a contestant on American Ninja Warrior. He joined the FCMA board in January 2015 with the hopes of broadening his own experiences and utilizing his financial expertise in making a positive impact that benefits the students and families of Four Corners Montessori Academy.
Cheryl Hatton, Secretary
Cheryl Hatton graduated from Mackenzie High School in Detroit, MI, and continued her education at the University of Michigan where she got her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Cheryl also received her Ed.S. degree from Wayne State University. She spent many years as a Special Education teacher for Northville and Detroit Public Schools and went on to become the Special Education Director for Saginaw and Southfield Public Schools.
Cheryl is married to Winfred, and they have three adult children, Charisse, Whitney (Bobby-who also attended a Montessori school in TN) and Winfred, IV – all of whom began their educational career at The Giving Tree Montessori School in Detroit, MI.
As a special educator and parent, Cheryl has been an advocate of Montessori education for many years. When the prospect of serving on a Board of Directors at a Montessori school presented itself, she wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to “give back” to a community that so embraced her family.
To reach an FCMA Academy Board Member, please contact the Board’s Corresponding Agent, MIChoice, LLC at 616-785-8440 or 5251 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509.
Are you interested in becoming a Board Member?
Do you have a passion for wanting to help the children and families in your community? You may be surprised how easy it is to make a positive impact on their lives, and in turn, enrich your own. We’re always looking for talented and committed volunteer board members to help lead and strengthen our charter school academies. If you can contribute your thoughtfulness and expertise for approximately five hours each month and are interested in this opportunity, we encourage you to seriously consider applying to become a member of one of our charter school academy Boards.
Our Board members come from all walks of life, and include many different members of the community – local business owners, educators, parents, retirees – in fact just about any background or career you can think of is represented on one our Boards. This is because charter school boards and their respective authorizers value diversity, knowing that bringing together a group of volunteers with various backgrounds helps to bring balance to both the decisions and the policies of a Board and, in turn, helps to make great charter schools.
Every child deserves to attend a great school. Goals can only be achieved when they have great planning, policies, and well-thought-out financial budgets in place. The success that is found on a daily basis in our charter school academies is a direct reflection of the commitment and the passion of our Boards in advocating for the children of their community.