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)

Tanya Moss

“I grew up always knowing I wanted to be a teacher and I am so grateful to have discovered the Montessori method. The amount of joy and happiness children bring into my life is amazing and I am excited to learn and explore with them every day.”

Professional Background

  • B.A. in elementary Education from Elon University
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction (with a focus in Reading) from Boston College
  • American Montessori Certification: Elementary
  • 3 years teaching experience in traditional, private schools as an Elementary and P.E. teacher
  • 3 years experience in Montessori schools in Lower and Upper Elementary
  • 45 Hours Department of Children and Families Training
  • Redirecting Children`s Behavior Course
  • CPR and First Aid Certified

Professional Associations

  • American Montessori Society
  • International Montessori Council

Jessica Lesson

In all of my experience working with children and families, the Montessori philosophy provides the greatest environment for children to develop into the adults that they are intended to become by embracing natural curiosity and nurturing unique spirits. I believe that all people, children and adults alike, have something to learn from one another. I am truly honored to be a part of your child’s limitless potential of self-discovery and guide their lifelong passion for learning.

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Emphasis in Neuropsychological Research
  • Post-Baccalaureate Child & Family Development Education
  • Certified Child Life Specialist
  • 15+ years Experience Working with Children & Families
  • 5+ years Experience Working in Private Preschool & Kindergarten
  • 45 Hours Department of Children and Families Training
  • Redirecting Children`s Behavior Course
  • 2 Years Experience as an Assistant Director in Private Preschool & Kindergarten
  • 1 Year Experience in Psychological Assessment
  • 1 Year Montessori Experience

Professional Associations

  • Child Life Council


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

Danielle Brill

“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.”- Maria Montessori

  • Child Development Associates Degree

  • AMA training

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Board Members

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