Merry is a graduate of the first AMI Assistants to Infancy Training Course, Rome, Italy, 1980-1981. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and Certified Childbirth Instructor; assisted in the AMI Preparatory Course (ages 3-6) for adults in Perugia, Italy; graduated AMI Training Course, Calcutta, India in 1977 for work with ages 2.5 to 7 years; founded the Montessori N.E.S.T. in 1983; holds a B.A. in Psychology and minored in Business at St. Leo College. Merry is a AMI Assistance to Infancy Consultant and AMI 0-3 Auxiliary Trainer and has worked at AMI 0-3 Teacher Training Courses across the US and Canada.
Mia joined Montessori at Roseborough in 2006. In 2018 she received a certificate with the Educateur sans Frontieres (Educators without Borders) Assembly in South Africa. She graduated from AIU in Los Angeles, California with a BA in Fine Arts. She also completed a course focusing on business development. She has experience in the Assistants to Infancy environment as well as in school administration. Mia attended a Montessori school as a child in Sweden. Mia is involved in all aspects of school operation and should be your first point of contact.
Donald (Mr. Buddy) Hardee
Mr. Buddy is a “jack of all trades”. He is a US Air Force medaled veteran who served in Viet-Nam. Active in Pop Warner football, his past experience includes working at Sea World as Head Grower. He includes carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and concrete work on his resume, to name just a few talents!
Infant Directress – NIDO
Jessie graduated from the AMI Assistants to Infancy Training Course at the Montessori Training Center of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 2018. She received her AA from Flagler College. She was a student athlete and has worked with children of all ages coaching soccer. She is a yoga instructor and enjoys teaching yoga in her spare time.
Toddler Directress – N.E.S.T 1
Kia Larkin is a former graduate of our school. She completed her BA in Psychology with a concentration in Child Development from University of South Florida. Kia received her AMI Montessori 0-3 Diploma from the Montessori Training Center of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Toddler Directress- N.E.S.T 2
Sommer is a graduate of the AMI Assistants to Infancy training course at the Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado. She has a BA in Human Development and Family Studies and is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) from the National Council on Family Relations. She is active in our after school program, Roseborough Runners running club, Girl Scouts, anti-bullying program, home consultations, and parent/infant class. Sommer joined the school in 2008.
Directress – Children’s House 1 (ages 3-6 years)
Deirdre holds a BS in Administration of Early Childhood Programs from Empire State in NY. She received her AMI Primary training at Sion Hill Montessori College in Dublin, Ireland in 1982 and her Assistants to Infancy 0-3 diploma from the Montessori Institute, Denver, Colorado in 1999. She joined our team in 2012.
Assistant – Children’s House 1 (ages 3-6 years)
Erika was born in Mexico. She is bilingual and speaks Spanish to the children. She has assisted in our Summer Camps and enjoys being with the children. She has a child that attends the school. Erika is an avid reader. She came to us in 2010.
Mikkale (Mikie) Seabaugh-Alford
Directress – Children’s House 2 (ages 3-6 years)
Mikie is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a BS in Child Development and a minor in Family Studies and is CDA Certified. She received her AMI training from the Montessori Training Center of St. Louis, Missouri in 1999. Mikie joined the school in 1999.
Directress – Children’s House 3 (ages 3-6 years)
Monica is a graduate of the 2008 AMI Primary Training Course at The Montessori Training Center of St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned her B.S. in Communications at the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico in Toluca, Mexico. Monica is a native Spanish speaker and speaks Spanish with the children. She joined our school in 2002.
Maria Paz Merino
Assistant – Children’s House 3 (ages 3-6 years)
Maria is from Spain and speaks Spanish with the children. She joined us in 2013. She has worked in both our Aftercare and Summer Camp Programs. She has a BA in Industrial Drafting from Atxuri Polytechnic in Spain. She enjoys reading, travel, and puzzles in her free time.
Carla Esteva Beloso
Directress – Elementary 1 (ages 6-12 years)
Carla completed her AMI Elementary Teacher Training at the Montessori Institute of San Diego. Carla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Madrid with a specialization in Physical Education. She is from Spain and a native Spanish speaker. Carla has experience as a camp counselor, substitute teacher, and private tutor. She also received Kumon training, which is a popular method that helps children reinforce their math and language skills.
Assistant – Elementary 1 (ages 6-12 years)
Hope began substituting with all age levels and worked in our summer camp program beginning summer of 2017. She will be assisting Ms. Carla in Elementary. She completed her AA degree and is currently taking online classes to become a Speech Therapist. Born and raised in Florida, she is also an Event Planner and avid traveler.
Directress – Elementary 2 (ages 6-12 years)
Travis graduated from Western Carolina University with a BS degree in Early Childhood Education. She received her AMI diploma from the Fondazione Centro Internazionale (Bergamo, Italy) and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Cleveland State. Travis completed Level I Therapist training from the National Institute of Learning Development in 2013 and AMI Inclusive Education certification in 2016. She has also taught at the Fountain of Knowledge in Limerick, Ireland. She has over 30 years of teaching experience in Montessori with post graduate work in Reading.
Directress – Adolescent Program (ages 12-15 years)
Fawn received her Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture with concentration in Evolutionary Biology. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching from University of Alaska. Fawn received her AMI Adolescent training in 2014. Fawn enjoys being in nature, hiking, music, and playing the guitar.
Directress – Adolescent Program (ages 12-15 years)
Sarah has a BA in Classical Studies from Rollins College and a MA in Liberal Studies from Rollins College. She completed the AMI Adolescent Training in Chihuahua, Mexico. She enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her family in her free time.
Directress – After Care and Summer & Holiday Camps
Audra graduated from UCF’s Nicholson School of Communication with a BA in Advertising/Public relations and from UCF’s Conservatory Theatre with a BA in Theatre. Audra joined the school in 2015 and began running the Aftercare program in 2016 as well as leading summer camps and helping the Adolescent Program with theatre.
Assistant – After Care, Lead Sub to N.E.S.T.
Christie completed her AMI Assistants to Infancy training Fall of 2018 at the Montessori Institute of Atlanta. She received her Baking and Pastry degree from Johnson and Wales University in Miami and worked as a Pastry Chef for 10 years. The last 3 years she has been working in Montessori schools. When she is not working, Christie finds joy preparing large family dinners.