Board of Trustees

Ben Temple – President

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

Brannen Payne – Vice President

Jennifer Keith – Secretary

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.

Shelby Bourne – Treasurer

Jim Reed – Parliamentarian

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