The Montessori School of Pensacola

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Upper Elementary Classes

Maria Mitkevicius
Co-owner/Head of Elementary & Middle School.
She began her educational career in 1972 in public school in Connecticut. She has a BS in Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University. She is also AMS Early Childhood, Elementary I & II certified. She has been “doing” Montessori since 1980. She is married and has three children who all attended MSP. When not at school, she enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, and visiting her family.

Cecilia Akin
Teacher – 9-12 classroom
She has been with MSP since 2008 and has taken AMS 6-9 training. Cecilia has a BS degree in Chemistry from Springhill College. She has two children at MSP.

Casie Burton
Teacher- 9-12 classroom
She holds a degree in K-6 Elementary Education from UWF. She also holds certification in PreK/Primary Education (Birth to age 3) and K-12 ESE. She has her endorsement in reading and ESOL. She has two years prior experience teaching at other schools in Florida and has her Florida teacher certificate. This is her third year in the 9-12 classroom. This Fall, she will begin the 6-12 Montessori training. She has one child, a two year old.

Monica Casey
Teacher- 9-12 classroom
She graduated with a Bachelor’s in English Literature and minors in French and Spanish in 1996. She went on to teach high school, before making the move to Pre-K and Kindergarten. Always fascinated by the Montessori philosophy, in 2002 she enrolled her toddler with MSP at the former Moreno Street Toddler House. This fantastic experience stayed with her, even as her son moved to more traditional environments. In 2008, Monica began her Montessori training and in 2010 received her 3-6 certificate from the International Montessori Council. Today, she has the honor of working at MSP and having her son attend MSP, as well. She enjoys spending time with her family and reading in her spare time.

Brittany Motley
Teacher – 9-12 classroom
She has worked extended care for MSP for several years at both 12th Avenue and Montessori Drive.  She also ran an afterschool running club for students.  This year she joins the 9-12 team as a full-time teacher after graduating from UWF with a major in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

Jaclyn Tafone
Teacher – 9-12 classroom
Ms. Tafone has a Masters in Education from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. She has classroom experience working with children from preschool to fourth grade.  She briefly worked with Elementary Extended Care at MSP.