Ambleside's Board of Directors

Bill St. Cyr, Executive Director

The unifying concern of Bill St. Cyr’s academic and professional life has been the process by which men and women grow to a maturity which reflects the person of Jesus. He holds a BA in political philosophy from Louisiana State University, an MA in historical theology and spirituality from Catholic University of America, and an MS/PhD in pastoral counseling from Loyola University Maryland. Bill has served as a youth minister, led a discipleship ministry on Capitol Hill, assisted the chaplain of the United States Senate, and spent thousands of hours counseling committed believers whose lives have been something less than love, joy, peace, patience, and kindness. In 2000, Bill’s wife, Maryellen, founded Ambleside of Fredericksburg. Located in the Texas hill country, this school is dedicated to providing an education shaped by the principles of Jesus and the pedagogical insights of British educator, Charlotte Mason. Since 2001, Bill has partnered with Maryellen to foster a reformation in education.

Maryellen Marschke St. Cyr, Founder and Director of Curriculum Development

A professional educator for more than 30 years, Maryellen St. Cyr has spent thousands of hours in the classroom and hundreds of hours observing other teachers. Possessing a passion for a congruent, life- giving method of education, she has become one of the foremost experts on the “common sense” education philosophy of 19th-century British educator, Charlotte Mason. Maryellen is a primary author ofWhen Children Love to Learn and shares insights into education here.




Gregory H. Lorden

It’s about character.  As a business leader, coach, consultant, scout leader, men’s study group leader and co-founder of an Ambleside School of Colorado, Greg’s consistent passion has been character development. Greg spent 30 years in the technology business, most recently as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Americas at Business Objects until the company was purchased.  He currently serves as Board Chair of Ambleside School of Colorado and heads Leadership Accountability, an executive coach firm assisting C level leaders in building a culture that balances respect and performance.  He graduated from Bridgewater College with a BS in Business Administration, and has enjoyed coaching his four children and others for 21 seasons.  Greg and his wife Kimberley are delighted to have had all of their children benefit from an Ambleside education for more than a decade. 

Michael Bruce

Mike seeks to live his life according to the Biblical admonition to “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly”.  His involvement with Ambleside Schools began during a kindergarten search for the oldest of his four children.  He and his wife Sarah rejoiced at the “meeting of the minds” they experienced in the teaching and methodology of Charlotte Mason. Now, as Chairman of Ambleside School of Herndon, he is committed to seeing that this philosophy is available to all families who desire to present their children with a living feast of ideas.  Mike is the Founder and CEO of InScope International, a firm that develops people and commercializes technologies to address global issues.  He earned an MS/MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Ken Ausley

Ken and his wife, Shari, are co-founders of Ambleside School of Ocala.  He currently serves as the school's board chairman.  Ken is the co-owner of Ausley Construction Company and principal of ACA Construction Group and a founding board member and former chairman of First Avenue National Bank. Ken earned a BA in history from Florida State University. After graduation he served for 12 years with a faith-based non-profit and remains active in the non-profit community. He currently serves as president of the Marion County Children’s Advocacy Center; as a member of the Ocala Vision 2035 Leadership Group board, the Marion County Value Adjustment board, and the College of Central Florida CF Institute Advisory Committee.

David White

Dave has served as chairman of the board of Ambleside School of Fredericksburg. He has been acquainted with the school since its launch in 2000, when his son Paul, enrolled as a fifth grader. Dave earned a BS from Warner Pacific College and is a certified financial planner. He works as a financial advisor and regional leader with Edward Jones Investments.




Annarose Monroe

Annarose is passionate about mothering and education and seeks to support parents and educators in the intentional work of bringing up children. She is a wife, mother of 3 children, home educator and co-leader of Ambleside Silicon Valley Community Group.  She has co-lead two Charlotte Mason homeschool groups, taught other children in her home, taught children’s Sunday School, has trained with Mona Brookes, founder of the Monart Art Schools, assisted in the creation of Ambleside Homeschool and blogs for Ambleside Schools International’s website.  She has and currently volunteers in her community through organizations such as Los Gatos Ballet Theater, Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church and Junior League of Orange County.  She earned a BBA in marketing with a minor in public speaking from Stephen F. Austin State University.