Board of Directors


The Children’s Garden of Learning’s Board of Directors is comprised of parents and/or community members who meet monthly with the CGL director’s. The Board members, with their individual expertise, support the director’s and the staff by assisting in the smooth operation of the school. The Board is responsible for the overall school governance, and at times acts as liaisons for parents. All staff and parents are invited to attend any or all Board meetings.

Each year, the existing Board of Directors and school directors announce the annual elections and solicit interested parents (and in some instances community members) to run for a two-year term on the Board.

Maren Cerimele

Maren is currently the Director of Membership at Vail Valley Partnership with 14 years of experience in event production, development, and community engagement. She holds a BA in Communications from University of Pittsburgh. Maren moved to the Vail Valley in 2007 and has been very active in the community since making Minturn, CO her home.

Josh Cloud

Josh works in finance at Vail Resorts, and comes to the CGL board with years of experience in finance and accounting. He holds a BA from Colorado State University in Boulder. He is the husband of a former CGL teacher, and a future CGL dad. Josh is a longtime local, committed to quality education in the Valley.

Kevin Magner

Kevin comes to the CGL board with fifteen years of experience in strategic planning, accounting, inventory management, and staff management. He hold a BS degree from The University of Texas.  Kevin and his family finally moved to the Vail Valley in 2015. He is a current and future CGL parent.

Rebecca McDonnell

Rebecca is currently Director of Product Sales & Services for Vail Resorts, with 18 years experience in hospitality services and sales. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Miami University in Cincinnati, OH. She is a current CGL parent of a preschooler.

Ward McKinley

Ward has a background in Real Estate & Planning and does Real Estate consulting at Vail CO Properties llc. He holds a BA and MA of Architecture from Tulane University. He is a current parent of a CGL student and committed to early childhood development.

Kara Robinson

Kara is a current first grade teacher at Vail Mountain School and brings with her years of experience teaching elementary age students, including at Eagle County Charter Academy. She holds a B.A. in elementary education from Cardinal Stritch University. She lives in Eagle-Vail with her husband and two boys, both of whom attend CGL.

Jess Szmyd

Jess is a kindergarten teacher at Vail Mountain School and has been teaching K-2 for the past seven years.  She has a Masters from CU Denver and lives in Avon with her husband.

Pillars of CGL

Stemming from and inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early childhood education, Children's Garden of Learning approaches its curriculum planning based on three things:

PLAY

It is through play that children explore boundaries, ability, arenas of and stages leading to physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.

ENVIRONMENT

The foundation of our curriculum, the environment we create is critical to the success of learning at CGL.

CHILD-CENTRIC

Children’s themes, not the adult’s that we use as the basis of our planning. The teacher’s plans are a thoughtful introduction of materials to stimulate the emergence of these themes.

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