Our School Board

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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.

Click here to download our 2019-2020 FCMA Board calendar

Click here to download the FCMA Board meeting minutes

Current School Board Members:

Lee-Jacobsen-Board-Vice-President-fcmaLee Jacobsen, President

Bio to come.




Cheryl Hatton, Vice President

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.


Dana BuickDana Buick, Treasurer

Dana Buick is a fellowship-trained and board-certified Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician with experience serving a wide-range of patient populations and the Medical Ethics committee at
Providence Hospital. She has honed her skills as an ambassador between patients, their loved ones, and medical teams. From that foundation, she has expanded her role into medical education by teaching physicians who wish to master skills in medical communication.

At the intersection of these healthcare, education and ambassadorial roles, she has added accounting and business-management expertise after she and her husband joined their family import business in 2009 headquartered in Royal Oak, Michigan. They import a professional-level flute hand-made in Tokyo, Japan with a national and international customer base of musicians.

She has two children at FCMA, four years of volunteer experience and a great enthusiasm for Montessori. She looks forward to deepening her involvement and giving back to the Four Corners community.


Spencer GillonSpencer Gillon, Secretary

Spencer Gillon is a Bachelor of Science graduate of Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He has spent the past three years as a research assistant at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute.

Spencer is very close with his family and enjoys going for a coffee with friends. He is a musician, avid reader, and loves learning about history. Spencer is involved at his church, recently co-teaching a Bible study class.

Spencer has a strong connection to education through his family, many of whom are lifelong educators. I am blessed to work with FCMA to continually improve education for younger generations, and I am excited to be a part of the school. I appreciate the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff, and the commitment of the parent community to meet the educational needs of our students. I have not met a person at FCMA who was not warm, welcoming, and willing to do whatever it takes to better serve our students.


To reach an FCMA Academy Board Member, please contact the Board’s Corresponding Agent 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, and retirees. 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.


How to Apply

The privilege of becoming a charter school Board member is open to all who are interested, and who are able to commit a small amount of time each month to fulfill their appointed Board duties. It’s quite simple and your appointment is only based on whether there is an opening on the board and whether or not you meet our authorizer requirements for service.

Click here to apply

Duties include:

  • Preparing for and participating in monthly Board meetings
  • Serving on Board committees, as requested
  • Attending strategic planning sessions

We look forward to working with you as you join with us in supporting the children and families that attend our school!