Meet Our Staff

"SHMA is like my second home with all the wonderful friends and families I have made over the years. The most difficult part of my job is when the children and their families move on after three years. It’s a bitter-sweet time!"

Primary Assistant Teacher

Linda Boulton

"I love, love, love SHMA!  From 1995 to 2008, I worked with the preprimary children and continue to have the privilege to interact with the children and families of SHMA as the Office Manager."

Office Manager

Lydia Buening

"My family is from Colombia and I'm first generation American. I've lived in Safety Harbor for over 30 years. I enjoy spending time with my family at the beach, on the water, and traveling to new places. I love experiencing new cultures and learning more about new places I’ve never been."

Preprimary Assistant Teacher

Caroline Cannici

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."  -Thomas Merton I like when my students discover they can do more than they thought!

Art & Middle School Math Teacher

Susan Carey

"I have loved being part of this community through my daughter’s years here, and now I get to see the delight on my granddaughter’s face. My favorite subject to teach is my middle school math group and to help them discover how much fun math is."

Upper Elementary Teacher

Robinne Cooke

"This is my third year of teaching middle school and I consider myself fortunate to share the SHMA experience with my mom and my two sons. I enjoy reading, running, playing kickball with my husband, the Florida Gators, and Jeopardy.

Middle School Teacher

Casey Cyree

"I am just a big kid at heart! I enjoy helping students advance their athletic skills when they are young and as they grow. I hope to leave my students with the impression that exercising is fun."

Athletics Coach

John DiJohn

"I have been involved in almost every aspect of SHMA, from teaching to directing musicals. Currently, I am happy to serve this community as an administrator. In my opinion, SHMA is truly the happiest place on Earth."

Associate Head of School

Germaine DiJohn

"We came across SHMA by accident when my oldest was two, and I fell in love with the Montessori curriculum. I enjoy seeing the children working independently and developing their concentration while following what interests them. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to leave my finance career to join SHMA and help guide the children as they grow and learn."

Media Center Specialist

Tiffany Eaton

Lower Elementary Teacher

Laura Enderle

Intern

Gabriela Gil

"I enjoy every moment I spend with the children and love to see the sparkle in their eyes as they learn and grow. My favorite Montessori quote is, “The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.”

Preprimary Teacher

Ashley Glenn

"One of my favorite moments is observing students interact with the Montessori materials and coming up with answers and conclusions to their own questions. In Montessori, it is known as an 'AHA' moment. (They get it!)"

Upper Elementary Teacher

Lynne Gulotta

"My favorite part of our classroom  is when the children come through our doors each day with open minds and open hearts. Montessori classrooms provide  opportunities to explore, create, learn, respect and value the world and themselves."

Primary Assistant Teacher

Wendy Kindelspire

"I have had the privilege of being a part of SHMA since 2008. I am committed to providing your child with a safe, loving environment where they can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them."

Primary Teacher

Stacey Kiser

"Physical Education allows me to teach students about movement, strategies, teamwork, problem solving and social-emotional skills. Having these qualities will help the students to enjoy fitness and have fun for a lifetime."

Physical Education Director

Pat Malinski

"Two of my older children attended SHMA for their entire K-8 schooling and two of my children are current students. My favorite subject to teach is the civics portion of American History class."

Upper Elementary Teacher

Tom McLaughlin

"My journey began in 1997 at my children's Montessori school as a pre-primary teacher and administrator. I joined SHMA as the Director of Admissions in 2014 and I'm honored to promote our wonderful school!"

Admissions Associate

Lori Mikulaschek

Preprimary Assistant Teacher

Angela Moralevitz

"I love sharing reading, writing, and grammar lessons with my students and enjoy watching them grow as readers and writers each year!"

Upper Elementary Teacher

Sarah Mueller

"Curiosity is the cornerstone of learning. Curiosity leads to investigation, discovery, connection, and ultimately knowledge."

Director of Technology & Innovation

Richard Napolitano

"My favorite area in the classroom is Practical Life, as it is generally the first experience the child has in the classroom and provides them a connection to their home."

Primary Teacher

Chelsea Nash

I have been working in Montessori schools over 25 years. I look forward to the coming year at SHMA. I enjoy traveling, crocheting, community service, and taking long walks on the beach.

Lower Elementary Teacher

Nicole Nasser

"As a teacher I believe in building a positive climate in the classroom. I love to explore, learn and have fun with my students."

Lower Elementary Teacher

Laura Orellana

"I view every day as an opportunity to positively impact your child. My days began at SHMA long before this as I was a student here beginning in the 2nd grade."

Primary Teacher

Lindsey Owens

"I love to play music and try to pass on the joy of music. My favorite sport is football, otherwise know as soccer."

Music Teacher

Glenn Riches

"When I started at SHMA, I knew that I had found the perfect place for me to teach and for my girls to attend school for the next decade. They have thrived in the SHMA Montessori Community."

Lower Elementary Teacher

Patti Rivera

Preprimary Teacher

Deirdre Rivera

Co-Owner/Head of School

Melinda Robinson

Co-Owner/Business Manager

Mark Robinson

"I am excited to be teaching my 12th year of middle school at SHMA. I enjoy reading and discussing literature with my students."

Middle School Teacher

Meaghon Ross

"I enjoy coming to work and seeing the smiles on the children's faces and hearing their laughter makes my day."

Spanish Teacher

Monica Senger

"After discovering the Montessori Method, I never looked back. Whenever I sit down to give a child a new lesson I am known to say, 'This is my favorite lesson.' It does not take students long to realize I love ALL the lessons!"

Early Childhood Coordinator

Greg Shean
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