What is the Board?

Ithaca Montessori School is made up of many different elements. Each element is as important as the other. We are a community and are growing each year. Our Board of Trustees is one of these strong elements.   The IMS Board of Trustees is comprised of current parents, alumni, and local community members. The board members are elected by the IMS community, serving staggered terms of 3 years. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the financial management of the school and all large scale fiscal and policy decisions. All decisions related to the educational programs, faculty and school management are made by the Executive director in concert with the Board. The Board meets monthly and meetings are open to the IMS community.

What to expect at a Board meeting: 

Board meetings start at 5:30 in a classroom of the school. Board meetings are where we get to discuss any issues or ideas we may have for the school with the Board of Trustees. There are normally drinks or snacks available, and the overall feel of a board meeting is very relaxed and welcoming; Much like how IMS is. Meetings last up to 2 hours and information shared there can be valuable to knowing your school and community more. To hear about up coming events, share ideas on how to grow these events. To see and hear from your children’s teachers. To get an overall idea of how your school works.


Meet your Board:

Our board of trustees is always growing. As of October 2017, we have 4 members on our Board of Trustees.



Sarah Markowitz is an associate professor of psychology at Wells College and a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Ithaca. Sarah is an Ithaca native and attended both IMS and the Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca. Sarah lives in Lansing with her husband Spencer, and their three children, Toby, Josh, and Sam, all former IMS students in the Nido, Oak, Willow, Elm, and Walnut rooms at different times.




Jaron Porciello


Lindsey Mullins


AY6J8937Thad Demulder is Vice-President and General Manager of the Southern Tier Division of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, overseeing 13 offices and 400 exceptional real estate professionals. He has an extensive sales, marketing and management background. Thad’s fluency in Japanese was utilized in previously held positions including Executive Director of the Mino International Exchange Association, Mino, Japan, where Thad taught ESL to children and adults, coordinated international events on a local basis and supervised other teachers. Prior to Mino, Thad was Coordinator of International Relations for the Kagawa Prefectural Government in Kagawa, Japan, acting as a liaison between foreign dignitaries and local government officials and working intimately with foreign officials to entice investment into Kagawa. Thad resides in Cayuga Heights with his son Tate, who is a student in the Oak Room. In his spare time, Thad is an avid real estate investor, in addition to having a passion for traveling.



Each member of our Board of Trustees gives there time for free because we as a community believe in our school and its future! We look forward to seeing you at a Board meeting.