Our Staff

Primary (Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4, and Kindergarten)


Photograph of Susan Stewart - Primary Education Teacher     

Susan Stewart – Primary Lead Teacher 

  • Early Childhood Education Classroom Director certification from MEPI (Montessori Educational Programs International, Inc.)
  • State of Florida Professional Teacher Certification, Elementary Education Grades K-6
  • AMS Montessori Elementary Teaching Certification from Seacoast Center for Montessori Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Wright State University, Dayton, OH
  • Began teaching in 1990
  • 16 years of Montessori classroom experience

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Christine Corrigan – Primary Teacher

  • Early Childhood Education Classroom Director Certification from Palm Harbor Montessori Teacher Education Center (in progress)
  • M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from Southeastern University
  • B.S. in Biology from Southeastern University
  • State of Florida Teacher Certification, Middle Grades General Science
  • Began teaching in 2005
  • Languages include Ilonggo, Tagalog, English, and Spanish
  • Montessori Parent
  • Interests include photography, traveling, layout and design, and nature


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Shiasta Dickerson – Primary Teacher’s Assistant

  • CDA National Credential
  • USAF Certification of Training Modules for Toddlers
  • Operation of an Early Child Care Center
  • 30 hour Florida State Child Care training
  • Special needs appropriate practices certificate
  • Infant and Toddler Appropriate Practices certificate
  • CPR and First Aid training/Adult and Pediatric
  • Florida Standards for four year olds certificate
  • Emergent Literacy for VPK instructors certificate
  • 12 years experience working with young children
  • 3 years of VPK experience

Lower Elementary (First, Second, and Third Grades)


Photograph of Heidi Reed – Lower Elementary Co-teacher       

Heidi Reed – Lower Elementary Co-teacher

  • AMS Montessori Elementary Teaching Certification from Seacoast Center for Montessori Education
  • State of Florida Professional Teacher Certification, Elementary Education Grades K-6
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • First Aid/ CPR certified
  • Began teaching in 1997
  • 12 years Montessori classroom experience


Photograph of Jorge Haro – Lower Elementary Co-teacher      

Jorge Haro – Lower Elementary Co-teacher

  • International Montessori Council (IMC) Elementary Teacher Certification (6-12 year olds) from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies
  • State of Florida Professional Teacher Certification in Elementary Education Grades K-6
  • State of Florida Professional Teacher Certification in Spanish Grades K-12
  • Montessori Classroom Leadership Course completion from the Center for Guided Montessori Studies (CGMS)
  • Educational Preparation Institute Certification from Polk State College, Lakeland, FL
  • 6 years of Montessori classroom experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from University of Autonoma, Madrid, Spain
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business from University of Autonoma, Madrid, Spain
  • Fluent in Spanish and English

Vanderly Arnold – Lower Elementary Teacher’s Assistant

  • Bachelors Degree in Preschool Education
  • Montessori Parent

 

Upper Elementary (Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grades)


Photograph of Cara Helpling – Upper Elementary Co-Teacher

Cara Helpling – Upper Elementary Co-Teacher

  • Master’s Degree in Education (Montessori Education), Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Bryan College, Dayton, TN
  • State of Florida Professional Teacher Certification, Elementary Education, Grades K-6
  • ESOL endorsed
  • AMS Elementary I Montessori credential from Florida Institute of Montessori Studies in Indian Harbour Beach, FL.
  • AMS Early Childhood Teaching Certificate (ages 3-6) from the Orlando Montessori Teacher Education Institute
  • Experience at opening two Montessori public charter schools (other than MMA)
  • 16 years of classroom teaching experience, 11 years Montessori experience

 

Photograph of Kate Harris- Upper Elementary Co-Teacher   

Kate Harris – Upper Elementary Co-Teacher

  • Seacoast Center for Montessori Education, 6-9 American Montessori Society certification (with focus on 9-12 curriculum)
  • State of Florida Professional Teacher Certification, Elementary Education, Grades K-6
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Development, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 12 years Montessori classroom experience
  • Polk State College- Kids to College Enrichment Academy, Teacher of Lego Robotics

Julie Johnson – Upper Elementary Teacher’s Assistant

  • 8+years of teaching experience of children of all ages
  • University of Florida Master of Science Agriculture and Communication
  • University of Florida Bachelor of Science Agriculture Education and Communication
  • State of Florida Professional Teacher Certification
  • First Aid/ CPR certified
  • Montessori Parent

 

Art

  Photograph of Christie Lucas - Art Instructor, Garden Liaison, and Upper Elementary Assistant     

Christie Lucas – Art Instructor, Garden Liaison, and Upper Elementary Assistant

  • Bachelors of Art in Fine Art and Education from Flagler College, St. Augustine.
  • Currently holds a Florida Teaching Certificate in Art- Kindergarten through 12th grade.
  • 7+ years experience in the classroom teaching Art K-12 along with running various art and nature camps over the years.
  • Careers as professional muralist, designer, and photographer.
  • She is our school gardening expert, teaching students how to design and care for the garden in hopes to create a new generation of citizens who grow and cook their own food, aligning with Maria Montessori’s vision for education.

Music

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Administration

Photograph of Aurielle Hollinger - Director of Education

Aurielle Hollinger – Director of Education

  • Master’s degree in Educational Leadership
  • Bachelor’s degree in English/ Education
  • Professional Florida State Teaching License in Educational Leadership
  • Professional Florida State Teaching License in PreK – grade 3
  • Professional Florida State Teaching License in Elementary K-6
  • Professional Florida State Teaching License in English Grades 6 – 12
  • Member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society for Educators
  • Former Site Director for Polk County School’s Head Start Program
  • Certified Clinical Supervisor for educators
  • Enrolled in Montessori Leadership program
  • Montessori parent


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Tammi Crotteau – Founder and Financial Director

A unique and varied background with a strong entrepreneurial side that allowed her to suggest “Let’s start a Montessori school”  
  • Currently enrolled in The Montessori School Leadership program
  • Certification in Non-violent Crisis Intervention
  • Five years as a certified instructor for Infant Swimming Resource. A program that teaches children as young as young as 6 months old to turn over and float and children as young as one year to then turn and swim, float and then swim again to the side to the pool and steps. Instructors are trained in a program developed over the last 45 years by Dr. Harvey Barnett. The program emphasizes close observation of the child, water safety, an the psychological aspects of motivation.
  • 8 years as Manager of Englund Construction, a construction company that specializes in home remodels as well as well as new construction, commercial construction and service work.
  • 12 years as Owner of Your Home Base, a property management company that handles the remodel and lease of rental properties in the Polk County area. Have managed up to 30 properties, all aspects of property management for lease and collections, remodels and clean outs and accounting functions.
  • 2 years working for Eclipse Computing, an international software company. Marketing Manager for Tokyo, Japan office. Consultants Manager for 20 consultants in Sydney Australia. Business Analyst that worked with new Sales and sales to existing customers in Sydney Australia.
  • 4 years as Partner in Wall Foss Consulting, a division of a Lakeland Accounting firm. Managed all aspects of the division: sales, marketing, purchasing, management consulting, project management, customer support and training, follow-up, design, e-commerce and employee management for a variety of software packages.
  • 1 year as a Self employed Business Analyst/Consultant working with customers of contracted software companies on-site on all aspects of business management and software installations.
  • 5 years as a Partner in MarketFacts a rep firm for software companies to outsource their sales of new markets. Advised software companies on enhancements needed to break new markets.
  • 4 years as a Senior Installation specialist for Tyler Business Systems. Sole liaison and project manager for 50+ retail operations ranging in size from 5 million to 100 million in annual sales, during a conversion period from 4 to 9 months. Also assisted in testing software, documentation, creation of training materials and sales demonstrations.
  • A.S. In accounting and computer science
  • First Aid/ CPR certified


Stephanie Hale – Executive Secretary and Terminal Operator

  • Child Care Certifications
  • 5 Years experience as a Veterinarian Technician
  • 8 Years Managerial Experience at YMCA
  • 10+ Years Childcare Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education (In Progress)
  • First Aid/ CPR certified
  • Montessori parent