Board of Trustees



I am a former school teacher and hold a bachelor degree in child development and a California Life Teaching Credential. As a teacher I worked primarily with low-income Hispanic children ages 4-12 and was particularly effective in bringing struggling readers up to grade level. More recently, over a period of 15 years I owned and managed Wallpaper Plus in Fayetteville and Rogers, the largest wallpaper retail operation in Arkansas. My experience as a small business owner taught me valuable skills in the area of successfully communicating with a wide range of people. It also provided me with priceless management experience.

My most recent employment was at Champions For Kids, a Northwest Arkansas-based non-profit that supports other non-profits to make it simple to give kids in our local communities the resources they need to grow and thrive!  We partnered with Wal-Mart and other major Northwest Arkansas corporations to provide resources and raise money for millions of children.

Throughout my career and studies in education, I became very familiar with various educational philosophies. The Montessori approach with its emphasis on movement and cognition, peer learning, child selected activities, context learning and individual interaction with educational materials are principles I wholeheartedly support.

Trenton Harris

Trenton grew up in a small town in Louisiana where he attended and graduated from Grant High School.  Shortly after graduating from high school, Trenton attended the College of Business at Grambling State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems. Trenton currently works at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and lives in Bentonville, Arkansas.


Trenton learned the value of education from his mother and father, who were career educators for over 30 years in the Lincoln Parish School System.  This, together with his Christian upbringing, he developed a passion for serving others, lifelong learning, and promoting education and learning for all.


Trenton has served the Ozark Montessori Academy for approximately one year as Secretary of the Board.  Trenton believes Montessori encompasses a passion for learning, is student centered, and is a celebration of diversity.

Parent Seat

Ben Temple

My name is Ben Temple, and my wife Emily and I have called Springdale home since 2010. Our sons Max (Age 5-Kindergarten) and Henry (Age 4-Preschool) are both Ozark Montessori students.

As I view it, there are three levels of standards at play in the education of our children:

  1. The federal and state level – Let’s call this…adequate. There are a lot of well-meaning people at these levels who have a very hard job to do. But we all know there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to meeting the unique and diverse educational needs of our children.
  2. Ozark Education, Inc. – The wonderful school that Dr. Silano and the educators at Ozark Montessori have built raises the bar significantly, which is why we’ve all chosen to become a part of this community, alongside our children.
  3. Our parents – Another high standard. We all want what’s best for our children, as we work side-by-side with Ozark Montessori guides to position them well for future success. This is where I know I can help.

Successfully understanding and blending these three standards will ultimately lead to our children’s success.

As a member of the Board of Trustees, my pledge is to work with both parents and the Board to help guide our school’s decision making, ensuring our parents’ voices are heard and considered. I bring close to 20 years of professional experience to the role, having served in a management capacity, as a skilled negotiator and professional communicator.

If you have any question for me, please don’t hesitate to call (Cell 415-608-2554) or email (

Ben Temple

Jennifer Keith

By day I am a not so mild-mannered purveyor of electrical designs for exciting building projects (my partner just calls me an Electrical Engineer). By night, I am an unconventional wife and mom of two who enjoys gardening, Tae Kwon Do, running and traveling.
My interest in Montessori goes back many years, and I have a strong desire to find ways not only to be involved with my children’s education, but wherever possible, find ways to shape and encourage it. I feel that the goals of the school reflect many of my personal goals for myself and my family and I would like to gain a position on the school board in order to help keep the momentum going.

School Board Meetings

State Required Information

Here you will be able to find all documents required by the Arkansas Department of Education.

All school board meetings are open to the public

Meetings are the 4th Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm

301 Holcomb St. Room 217


OMA Board Finance Committee Meetings, 2nd Tuesday of Every Month

Noon in Conference Room, Open to Public