The Board of Directors is a non-profit governing body consisting of parents and community members established to oversee the implementation of the school charter as approved by the Utah State Office of Education. The voting Board Members consist of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Financial Coordinator, and other Board Members, as listed below.
Preston Allen grew up in Salt Lake City and Kearns, Utah where he graduated from Kearns High School. Shortly after graduating high school he enlisted in the United States Army and served for three years, with a tour to Kuwait where he trained with coalition forces. Preston attended Colorado Aero Tech where he graduated with honors and received an Associates degree in applied science and an FAA Aircraft Mechanics license. Preston also worked for Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita, Kansas before deciding to move back to Utah to be closer to family. Preston currently works for SkyWest airlines as an aircraft mechanic.
Preston is married to Amber Allen and they have three wonderful children; Jacobi, Jaycie, and Eli. Preston’s hobbies include: spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, hiking, fixing airplanes, and spending time with his family.
Preston enjoyed the time he spent last year volunteering in Jacobi and Jaycie’s classroom. The time he spent at Maria Montessori Academy last year was such a great experience for him to observe as the teachers and staff of MMA helped to develop each child’s mind and talent’s. He looks forward to working with you and the staff of MMA in the upcoming years.
Board Vice Chair
Board Vice Chair
Joan Effiong graduated from Weber State College with B.S. degree in Broadcasting in 1981 and earned an MA in Communications from Brigham Young University in 1985. She worked with Management Training Corporation (MTC) which runs Clearfield Job Corps for seventeen years; interacting with youth ages 16-24 in different capacities (Counselor, Counseling manager, Director of student’s social development & Community liaison). Joan was also a member of the team assigned by Department of Labor to develop a diversity manual for all Job Corps Centers. As the Student/Career Services Director at the Ogden/Weber Applied Technology College from 2000 -2009, she provided an array of services to students in the college.
Joan has twenty four years experience in an open entry/open exit individualized competency based education. This program is student centered and allows students to move according to their pace. She is currently the Ogden Branch president of the American Association of University Women and past state membership chair for two years. She is the president of JENAR foundation a non-profit organization that helps with the fight of malaria and HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, Africa.
Joan is a wife, mother and grandmother and is very active in her community. She is a local storyteller and has participated in many festivals and schools to help youth and adults understand and embrace diversity in a non–threatening way.
Joan Effiong is very passionate about education and is very excited to be one of the board members for Maria Montessori Charter School. She believes that this school will encompass three of the most valued criteria she looks for in education: a passion for learning, student centered and celebration of diversity.
The Board of Directors is currently taking applications for a position on the board. Board Position listing can be found here: Board Position Announcement