Our Staff

M. Kathleen Leitch

Head of School

“The children continue to inspire me to see the world through their eyes… a world filled with hope, possibility, and potential!”

Professional Background

  • Founder and Head of School
  • Bachelor’s Degree with a focus in Exceptional Student Education
  • American Montessori Certification: 0-6
  • Director’s Credentials from the State of Florida
  • Co-chair School Accreditation Commission, International Montessori Council
  • 30 years Experience in Education
  • Montessori Teacher Trainer and Workshop Leader
  • Parenting Instructor
  • Stress Management and Mindfulness Facilitator
  • 45 Hours Department of Children and Families Training
  • Redirecting Children’s Behavior Certified Instructor
  • International Keynote Speaker
  • CPR and First Aid Certified

Professional Associations 

  • American Montessori Society
  • International Montessori Council
  • North American Montessori Teachers Association

Lisa Rice

Working with children is my passion. It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together. I can vouch for that.

  • 45 Hours Department of Children and Families Training
  • Redirecting Children`s Behavior Course
  • CPR & first aid
  • 20 + years working with children
  • 7 + years working in Montessori Schools

Erin Coke

Children are my passion in life and I am honored to be involved with yours. It is a joy to watch children discover and unfold the secret they hold within. I am reminded everyday what is truly important in life when I discover the wonders of life with children. Montessori is my life.

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Enrolled in the Guided Center for Montessori Studies (primary studies)
  • 45 Hours Department of Children and Families Training
  • Redirecting Children`s Behavior Course
  • 10+ years private tutoring
  • 4+ years Montessori teaching
  • 10+ years working with children
  • Redirecting Children’s Behavior Certification (in process)


Isabella Lopes Pontes Doncea

“We walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the Universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.”

-Dr. Maria Montessori, To Educate the Human Potential

  • Currently pursing Montessori Certification in Toddler with the Center for Guided Montessori Studies
  • Currently pursuing an Associates of Art in Early Childhood
  • Completed Redirecting Children’s Behavior
  • Studied Pedagogy in Brazil
  • Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian
  • 15 years experience working with children
  • 7 years experience in Montessori Education
  • CPR & First Aid Certified
  • 45 Hours Department of Children and Families Training
  • Redirecting Children`s Behavior Course.

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Board Members

  • Michelle Zamniak
  • Tim Seldin
  • Kitty Bravo
  • Rob Leitch
  • Kathy Leitch