Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Weiss School is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Trustees listed below are responsible for setting school policies, hiring the Head of School, overseeing financial affairs, and guiding The Weiss School's future. The Board of Trustees and the Head of School engage in continuous strategic thinking each school year to support the constant growth and development of The Weiss School. Please click below to view the most updated Strategic Plan.

List of 7 items.

  • Martha Lamphere - Board Chair

  • Grant Gisondo - Trustee

  • Jacqueline Crowley-Farkas - Trustee

  • Steven Stoller - Trustee

  • Thomas Clarke - Trustee

  • Elisabeth Weiss - Trustee

    Trustee Elisabeth Weiss is co-founder of the Weiss School, and was its first Head of School, overseeing all curriculum, planning, training, and enrollment. In that role, she successfully built the School from a one-room classroom of eight students in 1989 to a beacon of gifted education in Palm Beach County less than ten years later.
    Mrs. Weiss created a unique learning environment combining a thematic curriculum that integrated multiple subjects and leading edge technology. She was the first in the county to introduce a cross-disciplinary thematic approach to the curriculum and the first in the nation to establish Tae Kwon Do as a primary focus of physical education.
    In addition, she dedicated 12 years to serving as the School’s psychologist and counselor, helping hundreds of students achieve success during their years at the Weiss School.
    Mrs. Weiss holds an Elementary School Teacher’s Degree from Instituto Educacional Sud Mennucci of Brazil, a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University, and a Gifted Certification from South Florida University.
    She is fluent in Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish in addition to English.

    She currently has three of her grandchildren attending The Weiss School.
  • Dr. Martin D. Weiss - Trustee Emeritus

    Dr. Martin D. Weiss, co-founder of The Weiss School and now a Trustee Emeritus of the Board, has dedicated his life to education of all age groups. As an American teenager growing up in Brazil, he organized and taught tutorial classes for fellow high school students in English, and Portuguese grammar, math and biology. After returning to the U.S., he joined the Berlitz School of Languages and became that school’s youngest instructor in its history, helping to develop its globally acclaimed Total Immersion method for teaching foreign languages. And later, by designing dozens of custom books for infants, he taught his son to read in two languages by the age of three.

    With this personal experience in education, Dr. Weiss went on to create two companies — Weiss Research to educate adults about the global economy and The Weiss School to educate gifted children. And today, both have been a success — the former serving 600,000 loyal readers and the latter providing the gifted education that has been so widely acclaimed in the South Florida community. Dr. Weiss holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Columbia University. He is fluent in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, English and other languages.
The Weiss School is a co-ed private school that serves gifted students in PreK-3 through 8th grade in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A Weiss School education prepares students to think analytically and creatively, act socially responsible, live vigorously, and create imaginatively in a warm and supportive educational environment.