Samantha Mink

Elementary/Middle School After School Program Supervisor
  • A.A., Mathematics, Santa Fe College
  • Working towards Business Entrepreneurship, Santa Fe College
  • 13 years in Girl Scouts; bronze, silver and gold awards
  • Hobbies include being outdoors, riding motorcycles and reading
  • Affiliated with MMS since 2010
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Kyra Akay

Beginner Assistant Teacher & Morning/After School Program Supervisor
  • Nanny to many families; ages 6 months to 13 years old
  • Hobbies include reading, traveling, shopping and spending time with loved ones
  • Affiliated with MMS since 2012
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Elizabeth Falls

Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator & Lead Teacher and After School Program Supervisor
  • B.S. Child Studies & Psychology, Charter Oak State College, Connecticut
  • A.S. Medical Administration, Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY
  • 3-6 AMS Montessori Teaching Certification – O.M.E.T.I. / Orlando, FL
  • Phono-Graphix Trained, Gainesville, FL
  • FCIS & FKC Review Team Member; 2012 – present
  • CPR & First Aid Trained
  • Montessori Parent
  • Teacher of Afternoon Academics (after school studio)
  • Hobbies include family, traveling, interior decorating, cooking, making jewelry and hand decorating furniture
  • Affiliated with MMS since 1998

Yo ‘Quarius “Yo” Tucker

Early Childhood/Kindergarten After School Program Supervisor
  • Working towards B.A., Early Childhood Education, Santa Fe College
  • Current Middle School Continuity Leader at The United Church of Gainesville
  • Former Cabin Counselor/Archery Instructor at Camp Highlands for Boys in Sayer, WI
  • American Heart Association First Aid, Infant CPR, Child/Adult CPR, Wilderness First Aid & Wilderness First Responder Certified
  • Hobbies include bowling, archery, disc golf, singing, camping, computer programming (C++), Kayaking, Chess & Driving
  • Affiliated with MMS since 2012

Susan Salvatore

Senior Elementary Team Teacher & Morning Care Supervisor
  • Attended University of Florida
  • Lower Elementary Montessori training
  • Hobbies include reading and Gator sports
  • Affiliated with MMS since 1977
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Joanne McFarland

Senior Elementary Team Teacher
  • B.F.A., Graduate Studies in Art Education
  • K-6 Elementary Education Certificate
  • K-12 Art Education Certificate
  • Morning Care Supervisor
  • National Junior Honor Society Advisor
  • 1st – 3rd grades Millhopper Summer Camps
  • Alachua County & Charter School Teacher, 7 years
  • Hobbies: arts & crafts of all kinds (including painting, needle arts, graphic design, and computer arts), reading, and gardening.
  • Affiliated with MMS since 2013
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Cam Parker

Physical Education Teacher & Elementary/Middle School After School Program Supervisor
  • B.S., Family, Youth & Community Sciences
  • Worked a variety of after school and summer camps since 1997
  • State certified Physical Education (K-12) teacher
  • Affiliated with MMS since 2007

Lisa Glenn

After School Program Supervisor
  • Working towards a B.S degree in Microbiology at the University of Florida
  • Girl Scout Troop Leader
  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Tutor for Fort White High School
  • Volunteer at Shands Hospital
  • Member of UF Microbiology Club
  •  Love working at Millhopper Montessori School!

Bailey Erickson

Assistant Teacher & Elementary-Middle School After School Program Supervisor
  • From Leesburg, Georgia
  • Studying Plant Genetics at the University of Florida
  • Member of Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Planet Learning Tree Certified
Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Teacher Appreciation Gifts

adventure Each year the teachers and faculty of Millhopper Montessori School work incredibly hard to help our children learn and grow in a safe and healthy environment. During Teacher Appreciation Week we like to let them know how much we value their efforts. This year’s theme is designed to honor each individual’s interests and choices. As part of our Teacher Appreciation Week activities, the PTO Appreciation Committee is pleased to once again offer the opportunity to purchase for our teachers and staff a gift certificate to a local merchant of their choice. By many families contributing to the same gift, they are able to select something special. Participation is optional and we hope the program will alleviate some of the stress of this busy time of year. If you would like to participate, please place your order on this webpage or you may review the letter that was mailed to your home and indicate the dollar amount you wish to contribute next to the individual’s name. Please total all your contributions and return the form with cash or check (made out to MMS PTO) in an envelope to Crystal Sorrow by Friday, May 13, 2016. You may leave the envelopes at the front desk or hand them to Crystal directly. Gift certificates will be presented to each recipient during Teacher Appreciation Week with a card from the families who have contributed. Dollar amounts are not included on the card. Since the PTO is now a non-profit 501(c)(3), your donation may be tax deductible. Please speak to your tax advisor regarding tax deductions. If you are interested in assisting with planning Teacher Appreciation Week or if have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us at or Have a wonderful end of the school year! Missy Norman & Sheila Koon PTO Appreciation Committee

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