Cynthia Kerber Gowan
Head of School
Director of Admissions
Growing up, I always loved being around children; from babysitting for families in my neighborhood to volunteering in the nursery school at my church, I always found myself organically working with children. However, my fascination and passion for childhood development truly solidified while I was earning my undergraduate degree in Psychology at SUNY Geneseo. During this time, I was not only enjoying studying the social, emotional, linguistic, and cognitive development of children, but I was also experiencing the real life manifestations of my studies as I had my first son, while finishing my degree. Consequently, I found myself focusing on early childhood development; specifically how the interplay between nature and nurture during the infant period impacts social-emotional development. This intersection of education and first-hand experience gave me a profound understanding of the information and strengthened my desire to continue using my knowledge outside of my own parenting. I am thrilled at the opportunity to be a part of the Montessori School of Rochester.
Outside of work, much of my free time is spent exploring with my son, practicing yoga, reading, learning about essential oils, baking, and delving into meditation. I believe that life is better with basil, coconut oil, TED Talks, and downward facing dog!