About Elmwood Franklin



Mr. Fred Acquavita
Head of School

Fred joins Elmwood Franklin School this year as our interim Head of School. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Fred served as headmaster of St. Thomas’s Day School in New Haven for 32 years before retiring this past year. Prior to that long-standing leadership position, he was a classroom teacher for many years. He holds a BS in elementary education, an MS in early childhood education, and an MS in elementary and middle school administration and supervision.

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.


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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
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.


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Mrs. Elaine Acker,
Director of Admissions

Ms. Monique Watts,
Director of Development

Ms. Rebecca Murak,
Director of Communications

Mr. Thomas Jordan,
Director of Technology
Ms. Leslie Fox,
Director of Finance
Mr. Zygmunt Piadlo, Jr.,
Building and Grounds Supervisor

Administrative Staff

Mariann Miller, Assistant to the Heads
Kim Yarbrough, Receptionist

Building and Grounds
Patrick Kilian, Building Maintenance Assistant

Lynn Baker, Business Manager

Horizons After-School Program
Maggie Dirrigl, Director

Institutional Advancement
Sally Jarzab, Communications Specialist
Nancy Kelchlin, Special Events Coordinator

Cheryl Colpoys, Assistant Director of Technology

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