Gateway Montessori School



Gateway Montessori House, Inc. incorporated in 1970 by a Board of Directors, and is tax-exempt as a nonprofit public charity per IRS Code 501(c)(3) with an annual operating budget of about $1 million.


Gateway enrolls up to 85 children representing about 70 families in our Montessori Infant, Toddler, and Primary Programs. Gateway also offers Aftercare, Holiday Care, and Summer Camp Programs.


All Programs are designed around Montessori philosophy, materials, and instruction from Montessori-certified lead teachers, and include Music and Spanish immersion lessons during the school year.


Gateway’s Parent Guild includes all enrolled families. Parent Guild volunteers partner with the Head of School to promote the school’s interests through fundraising and year-round community events.


The Board of Directors is tasked with oversight of key decisions to shape Gateway’s future that include finance, leadership, and policies that promote our strong community-centered Montessori culture.


Quarterly Board meetings are as follows*:

First Monday in November

First Monday in February

    First Monday in May

    Last Monday in August

    *At the Chair's discretion, a Non-Board member may  request to add an item to a Board meeting agenda. Meetings may be rescheduled to ensure quorum is met.


    Emina Alic has been in the Gateway community since 2012 and a Board member since 2015. Emina has a background in business and law. She currently serves as General Counsel for a research and development company advising on a range of commercial and business matters.

    Annalisa Esposito Bluhm
    has been in the Gateway community since 2012 and a Board member since 2015 (current Secretary). Annalisa is a GM Manager of Communications. She has >15 years of communication experience in social media, crisis, and brand management.

    Jennifer Bodie, PhD
    has been in the Gateway community since 2010 and a Board member since 2014. Jen is an Immunologist in the pharmaceutical industry with responsibility for clinical research, communication with regulatory agencies, and project management.

    Joshua Collins, MD 
    has been in the Gateway community since 2014 and a Board member since 2016. Josh is an academic Physician, Associate Program Director, and Clerkship Director in Internal Medicine with responsibility for strategic planning, budgets, and evaluation.

    Neelam Janveja
    has been in the Gateway community since 1994 and a Board member since 2016. Neelam has >20 years of experience in Montessori education and administration as a Directress in Elementary and Primary programs and as a past Head of School at Gateway.

    Vladimir Slapak
    has been in the Gateway community since 2012 and a Board member since 2015 (current Chair). Vlad is a Comerica Bank Senior Vice President in the Special Assets Group with responsibility for credit quality and leading teams that handle stressed corporate debt.

    Wade Spencer
    has been in the Gateway community since 2013 and a Board member since 2014 (current Treasurer). Wade is a Director at Plante Moran with responsibility for strategy, technology, and innovation within the Wealth Management practices.

    The Board of Directors is organized under corporate bylaws that describe and guide its operations. Board responsibilities include hiring and evaluating the Head of School, approving budgets, and strategic planning. Board members serve 3-year, renewable terms. Board officers are elected annually and include Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. New member nominations are reviewed annually to fill vacant positions. 

    Board members include parents of current or former Gateway students, and former school administrators, whose professional qualifications contribute to Board operations. The Board of Directors and Head of School meet quarterly for budget and strategy review.