About Elmwood Franklin


Mr. Andrew Deyell
Head of School

Andy joined Elmwood Franklin School in 2014 as our Head of School. A native of Buffalo, Andy served as Assistant Head of School of The Woods Academy in Bethesda, Maryland for the past three years. Prior to that leadership position, he was an assistant headmaster and dean of students at the Washington Jesuit Academy in Washington, DC and a middle school teacher at Mater Dei School in Bethesda, Maryland. Andy holds a BA from LeMoyne College, an MA from The George Washington University, and a master of education in Private School Leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teacher's College, a part of Columbia University.



Ms. Rosemarie Beres
Assistant Head/Head of Upper School

Since 1981, Rosemarie has served as the assistant head and head of the upper school at Elmwood Franklin where she is responsible for, among other things, curriculum development, coordination of testing, direction of high school placement programs, hiring of faculty and participation in long-range strategic planning. For more than thirty years she also worked as a psycho-educational consultant in private practice, evaluating, diagnosing, counseling and tutoring children based on referrals from schools, teachers, psychologists and parents.


clientuploads/sduddy.jpg Mrs. Sarah Duddy '90
Head of Lower School
An alumna of EFS, Sarah joined the Elmwood Franklin team in 2010. After graduating in 1998 with a degree in elementary education from Bucknell Univeristy, Sarah started her career as an elementary educator, first teaching kindergarten at The Buckley School and then first and third grade at The Browning School. While teaching, Sarah continued her education, earning a master’s degree in elementary education from New York University. After teaching for ten years, Sarah took a year-long break to pursue another passion, cooking. This led her to London and Le Cordon Bleu, where Sarah completed a semester of training. Heading back across the Atlantic, Sarah attended The Klingenstein Center at Teacher’s College, a part of Columbia University, and earned a second master’s degree in the Private School Leadership Program.

Ms. Kathleen McIntyre
Assistant Head of Lower School/Third Grade Teacher
Kathleen joined the Elmwood Franklin School team in 2006. After graduating with a B.A. in Anthropology and Political Science from SUNY at Buffalo, Kathleen volunteered for AmeriCorps and later worked as a senior case manager for the Big Brother Big Sister Program of Erie County. She moved to Washington D.C. to become a special education teacher, where she received her teaching certification and commenced her MA in teaching at Trinity University. Moving back to Buffalo, Kathleen became the director of SES operations for the Princeton Review before joining Elmwood Franklin School.

Mrs. Elaine Acker
Director of Admissions

Ms. Cheryl Colpoys
Director of Technology

Ms. Laura Forster
Director of Finance

Ms. Rebecca Murak
Director of Communications,
Manager of Alumni Relations

Mr. Zygmunt Piadlo, Jr.
Building and Grounds Supervisor

Administrative Staff

Mariann Miller, Assistant to the Heads

Building and Grounds
Patrick Kilian, Building Maintenance Assistant

Lynn Baker, Business Manager

Horizons After-School Program
Christine Marth, Director

Michael Hopkins, Technology Specialist

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