Board of Directors
Our Board is responsible for the overall character and stability of our school. It determines the
mission and goals of our school, sets general school policies, provides financial resources through
fundraising, and oversees the school's finances by approving the operating and capital budgets and
by setting tuition, fees, and salaries.
Rob is a Certified Public Accountant and is a partner at Cuddy and Ward CPA’s for the past three years.
He is Board President of the Salvation Army for the past ten years and Board President of Evergreen Heights
for the past six years. Rob is on the board for the Auburn Industrial Development Authority and is also a former member
of the Auburn Board of Education. Rob enjoys running, biking, swimming and golf.
Bachelors of Science in Human resources from Kings College, PA, and a Masters of Science in Human Resourses
from the University of Scranton, PA. Nicole is the Human Resources Director at Cayuga Counseling Services,
Inc. Nicole has lived in the Auburn community for 7 years, and has two children who attended the Montessori
School of the Finger Lakes. Nicole enjoys reading and horseback riding.
DAVID WARREN CONNELLY
Writer, working on biography and play of Thomas Mott Osborne, early 20th century prison reformer. Dave was also
the Publisher of The Finger Lakes Business Almanac for seven years, and was the Editor of The Citizen for eight years,
winning numerous awards. Dave is on the Board of trustees for Cayuga Home for Children, and is the Board Chair at
Montessori School of the Finger Lakes. Dave also conceived and co-founded Equality Circles, which introduced racial
sensitivity training to police officers, prosecutors, city employees and private employers, including Wegman’s.
VIJAY K. MITAL
Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Master's degree in city planning. Vijay is a Fellow of the American Institute of
Certified Planners. He retired as Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Auburn in 2003. Mr. Mital
is actively involved in several professional organizations as a board member. He is the chairman of the Cayuga County
Industrial Development Agency and also chairs the Boyle Center Board. He has forty years of experience in the development
of public sector programs.
Gilda has been certified by the American Montessori Society since 1971. Before opening the school, Gilda worked in two Montessori schools one in New Jersey and one in Upstate New York. A member of the American Montessori Society, Gilda continues to train Montessori teachers from across the United States and Canada during summer workshops in New York City and Toronto. Gilda divides her time during the academic year between the preschool room, the elementary room, curriculum-building efforts, and staff training.
Carla is responsible for the sales and operation of Volpi Manufacturing USA Standard Products Division and was the VP of Julius Kraft Company. She attended Ohio State, Texas A&M, and holds a BA degree in early childhood education from SUNY Cortland.
Served on the following Boards: Cayuga Counseling, Human Services Coalition, Youth Court, and the Cayuga Museum. Carla is married and has three children who attended Montessori School. Carla enjoys spending time with her family and friends, the arts, gardening, the Y, and sailing.
Holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. When Gilda first opened the school, Elaine was a teacher on staff. She has held the positions of International Sales Representative, Data Manager, Legal Systems Administrator, and Office Manager. Elaine recently retired after 22 years as Sr. Executive Assistant to the CEO, COO and General Counsel of Hand Held Products. Enjoying time with family, her grandchildren and friends brings her great pleasure. Her free time is filled with music, photography, stain glass, cross country skiing, snowshoeing. Always interested in furthering her knowledge Elaine enjoys travel to new, as well as, known places of interest.
Goals of the
With an eye toward the development of a competent, self-assured, independent, and caring adult, the Montessori method aims to:
- Foster natural curiosity and a positive attitude toward school
- Develop each child's self-confidence and habits of initiative, concentration, and persistence
- Nurture inner security and a sense of order
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