18 Nardin TodayFall 2022 Mary Gjurich Montessori School Principal Mary comes to Nardin from The Park School of Buffalo where she served as a Montessori Teacher in their Primary program. Prior to joining The Park School, Mary spent ten years as the Director and Primary Lead Teacher at The Curious Minds Montessori School in Clarence Center, NY. Originally from Buffalo, Mary received her degree from Canisius College and soon after began travels with her husband, Gregory, who was a member of the United States Navy. Her travels afforded Mary the unique opportunity to work in Montessori schools around the country. She has held teaching positions at Casa Dei Bambini in East Amherst, NY; Montessori Learning Center in Salinas, CA; in the Lower and Upper Elementary programs of Lamplighter Montessori School in Cordova, TN; and Incarnate Word Academy in Corpus Christi, TX. This is an exciting time for the next chapter of our Montessori school, where students will continue to flourish for even more generations to come. Our Montessori program has never been stronger; our dedicated faculty, who are second to none in their expertise and commitment to our youngest students, will continue to provide the utmost care and thoughtfulness as we head into this new era. Welcome N E W L E A D E Jill Monaco Middle School Principal Jill is a lifelong Western New Yorker who has over 30 years experience in education. She has worked as an administrator in private Catholic schools for the past 23 years, most recently as the Assistant Principal at Cardinal O’Hara High School, and prior to that, the Principal at Immaculata Academy for 16 years. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Oswego and two Master’s Degrees from Canisius College in General Education and School Administration. Jill is honored to continue her career as Nardin Academy’s Middle School Principal and looks forward to being an innovative partner in the educational process and working alongside the dedicated leadership team and talented faculty members at Nardin to assist students in reaching their maximum potential. Jill is committed to leading by example, using collaborative efforts, and being visible and accessible to students, faculty, and staff. Her mission is to empower students to be their best selves and to do what inspires them. She wants to support each student to reach and exceed their own expectations and to make a difference in the world. Married for 20 years to her husband Carmen, they have been blessed with twin girls who are the light of their lives. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, camping, hiking, and going to Florida beaches.