Spring Bilingual Montessori Academy (SBMA) is a nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors comprised of the following individuals:
President – Amy Cuddy, current SBMA parent. Amy joined the Board in 2017. She brings more than ten years of experience in marketing and communications. Amy offers interest in building a strong parent community through volunteer opportunities and increased communication. Her daughter is currently enrolled in the Spanish Montessori class and both the before and after care programs.
Secretary – Jordan Love, former SBMA parent. Mr. Love has served on the Board since July 2014. He is excited to bring his background in early childhood education and school administration to the SBMA Board. Jordan has worked in several independent schools in Washington, D.C. and Maryland since 2001 and is currently Head of Lower School at St. Andrew’s in Potomac, Maryland. Prior to becoming division head, Jordan served as Assistant Head of Lower School, and taught for over a decade in kindergarten and preschool classrooms. His daughter attended SBMA in the Spanish Montessori class.
Treasurer – Harvey Beckham, former SBMA parent. Mr. Beckham has served on the Board since 2011. He has spent over 20 years working in real-estate & construction management. All three of his daughters attended SBMA in the Spanish Montessori class.
Director – Amy Fitzgibbons, former SBMA parent. Mrs. Fitzgibbons joined the Board in 2015. Her daughter attended SBMA in the Spanish Montessori class.
Director – Augusto Cangahuala, current SBMA parent. Mr. Cangahuala has served in the board since May of 2017. He is a communications professional who works for the Peace Corps supporting highly complex global initiatives. He believes extremely technical matters can be made more appealing to all audiences with a little creativity and design. As a Design Thinking practitioner he has previously supported critical NASA missions at different centers across the country. His eldest son graduated from the Montessori class in 2014 and his youngest has recently started the same program.
Director – Maria Byrd, current SBMA parent. Maria joined the SBMA Board in May of 2017. She brings over 7 years of Board experience as she has served on two non-profit boards in Maryland. Her expertise in communications and higher education are additional skills she brings to the SBMA Board. Maria is extremely happy to watch her daughter, Mariah, flourish in the Spanish Primary Class.
Director – Justin Cuddy, current SBMA. Justin joined the Board of Directors in 2017. He brings fifteen years of experience in business and finance. He offers guidance on financial investments and assists the Head of School with annual budgeting. His daughter is currently enrolled in the Spanish Montessori class and both the before and after care programs.
Director – Isha Sallah, staff liaison. Isha is currently the Lead Teacher in the French/Italian Primary Montessori class and serves as the school’s Educational Director. As a mother of four adult boys, Isha brings 18 years of experience as volunteer in the public-school system, in addition to five years of experience teaching Montessori education. Her passion for education and child development comes from a devotion for self-improvement. She believes the learning process must fit the child and the tools for learning are developed inside and outside of the classroom. Isha is devoted to developing strong relationships with parents to maximize the educational experience of each child at SBMA.
Director – Bela Ali, SBMA Schoolwide Montessori Resource. Ms. Bela served SBMA from 1989 to 2017, and ended her full-time teaching position as the lead teacher in the Spanish Montessori class as the Educational Directress. Ms. Bela will continue to serve SBMA part-time working one-on-one with students to support their classroom learning. She enjoys working with children and finds teaching a deeply rewarding profession.
Board CPA – James Brandon