Meet Our Staff

“The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination.”  – Dr. Maria Montessori

 

 ” Our aim is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core. “ – Dr. Maria Montessori

Our extraordinary staff members are selected for their commitment to the authentic application of Montessori educational  philosophy,  as well as their education, talent and broad range of life experiences.   We are proud to introduce our community of well-qualified and inspirational staff members.

AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) was formed by Dr. Maria Montessori, in 1929, to preserve the integrity of the method. It is the oldest recognized authority on Montessori education worldwide.  Therefore, every classroom is staffed with an AMI lead teacher, as well as at least one Spanish – speaking assistant.   Staff members have been recruited from various parts of the United States so that we can ensure this.

Interestingly enough, our staff members recently participated in the Clifton Strengthfinder Program, and the top five strengths found amongst them are:  a sense of curiosity, a sense of community spirit,  empathy,  the ability to see the potential in others, and  a love of learning,   What great qualities to have in the role models of our children!


IMG_0675Ms. Kathleen

Head of School

Ms. Kathleen completed her AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Primary training in 1965, and her AMI Elementary training in 1985. She was trained under Mother Isabel Eugenie, a direct student of Maria Montessori herself.

Ms. Kathleen’s original degree was a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She has taught Montessori in both public and private schools, acted as Administrator of five Montessori schools, and founded a Montessori Charter school in the city of Philadelphia. She has spent 50+ years working in the field of Montessori education, and loves working here!

She is the proud mother of two grown daughters, as well as grandmother to two grandchildren.

Interests: Swimming, Dancing, Sailing, spending time with family, and creating rituals for life-changing events

 


IMG_6804Ms. Kim

Director of Operations, Co-owner

Ms. Kim received her AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Primary diploma in Toronto, Canada in 1997. Her original course work includes a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She has undertaken a variety of administrative roles throughout the school and has experience as a Lead teacher in both Primary rooms, as well as in the Young Children’s Community. Prior to joining Little Flower Montessori School, in 2005, Kim was a Primary Montessori teacher in Ontario, Canada.

Before entering the Montessori community, Ms. Kim’s background included Hospitality Management, as well as various Administrative and Marketing experiences. While she enjoyed these life experiences; she concluded that children were so much more fun to work with! It is her great desire to facilitate an authentic Montessori environment where the child’s inborn sense of wonder is preserved and that promotes a lifelong love of learning.

She is the proud mother of two Little Flower graduates.

Interests: Reading, Crafts, Traveling, Boating, and spending time with her three Cavalier Spaniels

Ms. Kim received her AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Primary diploma in Toronto, Canada in 1997. Her original course work includes a Bachelor


IMG_0687Ms. Lisa

Lower Elementary, Co-Owner

Ms. Lisa, co-owner of Little Flower, leads our Lower Elementary class of six to nine year olds, and has been with Little Flower Montessori School since 2000. Before joining Little Flower, she taught for six years in the Montessori school she attended as a child, just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

She got her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to get her AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) training at the 6 to 12 level in Bergamo, Italy in 1994. In 1997, Lisa received her Masters of Education from Cleveland State University. She taught a Lower Elementary class in Fort Washington, PA before joining Little Flower.

Ms. Lisa holds a Director’s Credential, and she has additional trainings in AMI Special Needs, Orton Gillingham and Kidding Around Yoga to teach yoga and mindfulness to young children.

In addition to numerous professional development experiences, Ms, Lisa has her Bal-A-Vis-X training, The Bal-A-Vis-X program includes a series of exercises, which utilize Balance, the Auditory and Visual senses and are deeply rooted in rhythm. Through integration of the right and left hemispheres of the brain, children are better prepared to succeed in the classroom and in life.

Interests: Yoga, Writing, Beachcombing and Cooking

 

 


Untitled-11Señora Veronica

Upper Elementary

Señora Veronica is our Upper Elementary Bilingual Guide in the Upper Elementary program at Little Flower.  Veronica joined our Faculty in 2011.  A native of Argentina, Veronica is dedicated to taking Spanish culture and seamlessly integrating it into the Montessori Elementary curriculum through authentic life experiences. She has revolutionized the Spanish education curriculum for the Elementary children, at Little Flower. In 2018, Señora Veronica became our Bilingual Montessori Guide in the Elementary program.

Señora Veronica received her AMI (Association Montessori Internationale)  training at the 6 to 12 level in Atlanta, Georgia in 2016. In addition to her numerous Professional Development experiences, she has her Bal-A-Vis-X  training. The Bal-A-Vis-X program includes a series of exercises, which utilize Balance, the Auditory and Visual senses and are deeply rooted in rhythm. Through integration of the right and left hemispheres of the brain, children are better prepared to succeed in the classroom and in life.

She holds a M.A. in Telecommunications, and has experience in that field. While teaching Spanish to three and four year olds at First Presbyterian Church she had the aha moment that led to the direction of her tremendous talent and dedication towards Montessori education.

She has one son who currently attends Little Flower Montessori School

Former Member of the Argentine National Volleyball Team, Michigan State Volleyball Team

Interests: Scrapbooking, Travel, Yoga, Reading, Running, and being outdoors.

 

 


Untitled-10Ms. Mimi 

Primary East

Ms. Mimi leads our Primary East classroom of three to sevene year olds.  Ms. Mimi received her AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Primary Diploma and her Master of Education degree in Columbia, Maryland.  Prior to joining Little Flower, Ms. Mimi worked as a Primary Assistant as well as a Lead Afternoon teacher in Torit Language Center Montessori School in Massachusetts for two years. She worked in the Primary classroom as an Assistant teacher as well as co-ordinating and co-teaching an aftercare program that included dance, music and art specials. She was also responsible for researching and organizing school-wide holiday celebrations recognized by a diverse community.  Other aspects of her background include working as an industrial hygienist, head lifeguard and as a  soccer coach.

In addition to numerous professional development experiences, Ms. Mimi has attended the Kidding Around Yoga course to teach yoga and mindfulness to young children.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Worcester State University in Massachusetts.  She is also the former Captain of the Women’s Soccer Team and a basketball coach at Worcester State University.

Interests: Soccer, Sewing, Refinishing and reupholstering furniture, Hiking and Kayaking with her dog.

Foundation, Traveling, Spending time with family, and being around the ocean.

 


Señora Camelia

Primary East

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Señora Camelia , a native Spanish speaker from Puerto Rico, is always ready with a smile for our Primary East children. Through food, celebration, song and the spoken word the children experience Spanish culture with Señora Camelia.

Señora Camelia moved to Fort Lauderdale after receiving her bachelors degree in Accounting. A Certified Public Accountant, she eventually got married and stayed home with her children.  Her love for children began when she was young and started tutoring and working at summer camps. It increased when she learned about the Montessori method.  Since then she has attended various Montessori workshops and undertaken training in early childhood education.  She loves helping the children and assisting in their development.

Interests: Spending time with family, Reading,  Volleyball and going to the beach.


Ms. Fabienne

Primary West

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Ms. Fabienne leads our Primary West classroom of three to seven year olds. She received her AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Primary training in Hartford, Connecticut. In addition to her Masters of International Education from Spain, Ms. Fabienne has received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Religious Studies at Davidson College in North Carolina. In addition to her numerous Professional Development experiences, Ms. Fabienne is Certified with Kidding Around Yoga to teach young children yoga and mindfulness. Prior to joining Little Flower, Ms. Fabienne spent a year teaching at Pioneer Valley Montessori School as a Substitute teacher, four years teaching English as a Second Language in Spain, a year of teaching English as a Second Language in Russia, a year as a teacher’s assistant at The Arbor’s Kids in Massachussetts, seven years as a camp counselor as well as working an internship in Athens, Greece at the Museum of Cycladic Art. She has various study experiences in Alaska, Mexico, Belize, Greece and Guatemala, and is currently working on her AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Elementary training during her summer school breaks.

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Untitled-9Señora Rori

Primary West

Señora Rori has been with Little Flower Montessori School since 2011. She has pioneered the integration of the Spanish language program into the Primary curriculum at Little Flower. Under her direction, the children experience Spanish culture through food, celebration, song and the spoken word. Señora Rori holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a Minor in French. Señora Rori owned her own language school and has experience working for the Museum of Art in the Education Department.

She is the proud mother of a son who attends Little Flower Montessori School

Interests: Writing, Arts, Spending time with family, Photography, Gardening

 


Untitled-8Ms. Laura

Bal-A-Vis-X Coordinator

The Bal-A-Vis-X program includes a series of exercises, which utilize Balance, the Auditory and Visual senses and are deeply rooted in rhythm. Through integration of the right and left hemispheres of the brain, children are better prepared to succeed in the classroom and in life.

Ms. Laura developed a profound interest in the Bal-A-Vis-X program at Little Flower while observing the program in practice at Little Flower.  Under Kate Hofstetter’s mentorship, she learned the program and undertook training with the founder of the method, Bill Hubert. Learning dominance profiles developed by Laura support the guides in understanding the children’s individual learning styles.

A Registered Dietician, Ms. Laura holds a Master of Science in Education and Exercise Physiology.  Her thirteen years of clinical practice of medical nutrition therapy, physiology and research has proven to be very helpful to Little Flower in developing our Bal-A-Vis-X program as well as in preparing and planning the children’s menus.  With a special interest in Garden-to-Table food planning, Ms. Laura has been able to provide helpful guidance to us when preparing food from our organic garden. Supporting children to develop their mind and body to its fullest potential is her passion.

She is the proud mother of 4 children who attend LFMS.

Interests: Wellness, Cooking, Exercise and spending time with family.


Untitled-6Señorita Natalia

Primary Nap and Aftercare Programs

Señorita Natalia leads our three and four year old children who stay all day for our napping program. Under her tutelage the children learn to become self-reliant as they take care of the tasks related to setting up their lunches, cleaning up after their meals and taking care of their napping materials. A native Spanish speaker from Colombia, she brings Spanish culture and language to the children under her care.

In addition, Señorita Natalia leads our children who stay after school. The children are cared for in an environment that is nurturing and allows the children the ability to have a balance of outdoor play, healthy snacks and indoor activities which mimic those they might have at home.  She is careful to recognize that this is the end of the day for the children and to allow for constructive/imaginative activity,  outdoor exercise and free play.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Economic Psychology.  Señorita Natalia has teaching experience with young children in Florida as well as Colombia.

Interests: Scuba Diving and Underwater Photography, Volunteering for the Jessica June Cancer Foundation, Traveling, Spending time with family, and being around the ocean.

 


Untitled-4 Ms. Daniella, “Dany”

Young Children’s Community and Elementary Fitness Teacher

 

Ms. Dany works patiently with the two year olds in the Young Children’s Community, as they navigate their own growth towards independence, and self-sufficiency.

Señorita Daniella received a Bachelor of Science from the Central University of Venezuela in 1999. Señorita Daniella loved the summers she spent working with children as a camp counselor, while in university. She also worked in a children’s hospital as a laboratory technician. After volunteering extensively with her childrens’ school – she realized that she loved being around young children. She spent four years working as  assistant teacher in the Young Children’s Community at Little Flower Montessori, training in early childhood education, first aid as well as attending Montessori workshops and conferences.

She is also trained in Bal-A-Vis-X method under Bill Hubert, the founder of the method.  The Bal-A-Vis-X program includes a series of exercises, which utilize Balance, the Auditory and Visual senses and are deeply rooted in rhythm. Through integration of the right and left hemispheres of the brain, children are better prepared to succeed in the classroom and in life.

In 2018, Ms. Dany became  the lead teacher in the Young Children’s Community. We appreciate her positivity, dedication and commitment to the young children in her care.

Señorita Daniella is the proud mother of three children.

Her interests include spending time with friends and family, Yoga, Nature, various sports and Dance.


Untitled-2Ms. Dee

Elementary Music Teacher (Licensed Kindermusik Educator)

Ms. Dee was a Jazz Vocal Studies/Music Industry dual major at the University of Miami (FL), and completed her degree as a Jazz Studies major at Western Michigan University. She worked with Kim as a Baby & Me and Tales & Boogie instructor at Mind, Body & Baby in Fort Lauderdale. She enjoys an active schedule as a performer, a music teacher at Little Flower, and both a Baby & Me and licensed Kindermusik instructor.

She’s been singing professionally for several years now. Her performance resume includes singing at Walt Disney’s Epcot Center. She’s performed with such legendary artists as Dianne Reeves, Toni Tennile, Marilyn McCoo, Rosemary Clooney, Maureen McGovern, and The Manhattan Transfer’s Alan Paul. She currently performs with various corporate bands in the south Florida area. Ms. Dee is thrilled to share her love for music with the little ones. Her excitement and passion prove contagious and make learning music a fun time for all!


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