Meet Our Staff

Spanish Teacher

Geraldinne Bachman

"I am delighted to be part of the SHMA staff as a Spanish teacher. It is a privilege to be part of my students' journey of learning a new language."

Extended Care

Andy Booth

Lead Primary Teacher

Linda Boulton

"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!"

Office Manager

Lydia Buening

"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."

Middle School Math Teacher

Gayathri Chandrasekaran

"I have been involved with SHMA since 2004 when my son started school here. I have helped out as a class volunteer and then as a substitute teacher and now a Math teacher. Both my kids graduated from SHMA."

Assistant Primary Teacher

Sue Conlon

Upper Elementary Teacher

Robinne Cooke

"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."

Primary Teacher

Nicole Davids

Associate Head of School

Germaine 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."

Athletics Coach

John DiJohn

"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."

Assistant Primary Teacher

Nicole Durilla

Lower Elementary Teacher

Laura Enderle

Upper Elementary Teacher

Stephanni Greenan

“I believe that everyone has a passion. I see a child’s passion as an opportunity for growth, learning, and development. I strive to encourage and inspire this next generation in the pursuit of self growth and discovery in learning.”

Extended Care

Julia Humphrey

Lower Elementary Teacher

Shannon Jones

"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world." - Maria Montessori

Lower Elementary Teacher

Wendy Kindelspire

"I’m very excited to be celebrating my 20th year at SHMA. I love working with these amazing children. Creating a community of lifelong learners and promoting the joy of literacy is my mission."

Assistant Primary Teacher

Stacey Kiser

"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."

Lower Elementary Teacher

Emoke Lapis

Middle School Teacher

Tom McLaughlin

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

Art Teacher

Miriam Mitchell

Director of Technology & Innovation

Richard Napolitano

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

Lead Primary Teacher

Lindsey Owens

"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."

Upper Elementary Teacher

Brianna Poster

Admissions Director

Laura Pravs

"I am honored to be a part of the Safety Harbor Montessori Academy community and feel that it is a gift to support the process of raising and educating children via Montessori principles! I have a background in both Psychology & Education as well as Natural health & healing, and I love that SHMA seems to integrate so much of what I value for this world and for the next generation."

Music Teacher

Glenn Riches

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

Lead Primary Teacher

Deirdre Rivera

Co-Owner/Head of School

Melinda Robinson

Co-Owner/Business Manager

Mark Robinson

Middle School Teacher

Meaghon Ross

"I am happy to have been teaching Middle School at SHMA since 2008. I enjoy reading and discussing literature with my students."

Lead Preprimary Teacher

Irma Wong

"Love is not weakness." - John O'Leary