Cheryl has served as Head of School, for Brickton Montessori School since July 2012. In that capacity, she ensures the quality of Montessori programs and day-to-day school operations, working strategically with the Board of Directors. Prior to serving in her current role, Cheryl was a Primary Directress for six years. She enjoys combining her love of the Montessori environment with her background in operational and financial management, to serve the Brickton community. Both of Cheryl’s daughters had the opportunity to attend Brickton Montessori from primary through 8th grade. Her husband, John Barrett, provides technology support to several Montessori schools/organizations.
In her interest to support Montessori advocacy, Cheryl currently serves as the President of the Association of Illinois Montessori Schools. Cheryl holds AMS Montessori primary and administrator credentials. In addition, she holds an MBA from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and a BS in Economics from Illinois State University. She has had a variety of work experiences, beginning in state government transitioning into the consulting world, focused on healthcare and government. After consulting, she moved into the healthcare industry, holding various management positions in operations and finance in hospital management.