Meet our Board of Directors


Tasha Keppler – Founding Board Member, President

Tasha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering, an education that ultimately began within a Montessori environment. She has worked in various industries including classical music, theme park entertainment and custom software. She is the mother of two Montessori students and is a big proponent of the Montessori education philosophy. She is currently a Software Engineer for CertiPay.



Heather Reuter – Board Member, Vice President

Heather was born and raised in Winter Haven, and after three years away while her husband attended law school, they returned to their hometown in 2010 to raise their family.  Being active and involved in the community is very important to Heather, and is evident in service and participation throughout many organizations.  Heather founded and still serves as the event coordinator for Feed the Ridge, a local initiative to sponsor food drives and mobile pantries to serve the food insecure in our community.  Heather is a graduate of Leadership Winter Haven Class 40. She is a Certified Public Manager through the Florida Center for Public Management at FSU, and helped found the Heart of Florida Chapter of the Florida Society of Certified Public Managers where she currently serves on the Board of Directors.  Heather is a member of the American Planning Association, APA Florida Chapter, and Heart of Florida Section of APA FL.  She is the proud mother of three Cypress Junction Montessori students.  Heather is currently a Senior Planner for the City of Winter Haven.

Niki Martin – Board Member, Treasurer






Brittany Hart – Board Member, Secretary


Craig Clevenger – Founding Board Member

A 2001 graduate of Lake Region High School, Craig returned to Polk County Public Schools as a teacher at Winter Haven Senior High School from 2009-2017. He is a Life Member of the Florida State University Alumni Association and graduate of the Educator Preparation Institute at Polk State College. As an advocate for education, Craig serves on the Board of Directors for both Cypress Junction Montessori public charter school and Public Education Partnership of Winter Haven (PEP). He has leveraged his social capital to generate support for local nonprofits, including Polk Education Foundation and local Boys & Girls Clubs. After volunteering on the Youth Leadership Polk Advisory Council, he worked as a consultant for Polk Vision in 2018 to develop community volunteer programs supporting pilot initiatives in local public elementary schools to improve student attendance and school health.

Craig was recognized for his professional and civic contributions as a recipient of the 2014 Polk Emerging Leaders Awards and was selected as the Outstanding Club President for the Florida District of Kiwanis International in 2016. He was appointed to by the City Commission and elected Vice Chair for the City of Winter Haven Charter Review Committee in 2017 and is a member of the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce Government and Legislative Affairs Committee. Craig is a graduate of Leadership Winter Haven Class 38 and Emerge Serves Class 6, and currently serves as Vice Chair for the Endeavor Winter Haven young professionals group. Through is company @theClevision, Craig guides new and potential residents through familiarization tours helping his guests assimilate to the community while introducing locals and tourists to the lakeside lifestyle along Florida’s Inland Coast.

Stephanie Benton – Board Member






Louis Reich – Board Member


Board Meeting Schedule


All board meetings begin at 5:00 and are held at Cypress Junction Montessori unless otherwise noted.

  • July 21, 2021 – 5:30 – Annual Meeting – In person at CJM

  • August 18, 2020 – 5:30 – Zoom Call

  • September 15, 2021 – 5:30 – Zoom Call

  • October 20, 2021 – 5:30 – Zoom Call

  • November 17, 2021 – 5:30 – Zoom Call

  • December 15, 2021 – 5:30 – Zoom Call

  • January 19, 2022 – 5:30 – In person at CJM

  • February 16, 2022 – 5:30 – Zoom Call

  • March 16, 2022 – 5:30 – Zoom Call

  • April 20, 2022 – 5:30 – Zoom Call

  • May 18, 2022 – 5:30 – Zoom Call

  • June 2022 – No Meeting

Board Meeting Minutes

2016-17 Board Meeting Minutes

2017-18 Board Meeting Minutes

2018-19 Board Meeting Minutes

2019-20 Board Meeting Minutes

2020-21 Board Meeting Minutes

Annual Audit Reports

2016-2017 Cypress Junction Montessori, Inc Financial Statement

2017-2018 Cypress Junction Montessori, Inc Financial Statement

2018-2019 Cypress Junction Montessori, Inc. – June 2019 Financial Statements FINAL

2019-2020 Cypress Junction Montessori, Inc. – Financial Statement

2020-2021 Cypress Junction Montessori, Inc. – Financial Statement


Annual Budget Reports

2018-2019 Budget – Approved

2019-2020 Budget – Approved 

2020-2021 Budget – Approved



Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) School Public Accountability Reports (SPARs)

2016-17 Report