This is Christina’s ninth year at MMS and her sixth as a preschool lead teacher. She completed her Montessori training in 2008 and holds the AMS 3 – 6 Montessori Certificate. Christina also directs the elementary and middle school vocal ensemble studios at MMS after school. Her previous responsibilities at MMS have included teaching music, assisting in the fourth and fifth grade classroom, supervising morning and after school, and assisting with the early childhood summer camp program. She received her BM in education (K-12) from Youngstown State University in Ohio in 2000 and her MM in performance from Florida State University in 2002. During her studies at FSU, she was also a graduate teaching assistant. Previously, Christina taught elementary music at Eagle Heights Academy, which is an urban charter school in Youngstown, Ohio. She directed her students in many musical programs within the school as well as in the community.
This is Lily’s fourth year as an assistant teacher. In the past, Lily has substituted as the art teacher for the MMS elementary and middle school. She has attended oil painting workshops in France, California, and Florida; most recently a class taught by the local artist Eleanor Blair at the Harn Museum. Lily has studied French literature at the Faculty of Literature and Law in Dijon, France for two years. She has also attended De Anza College in Cupertino, California to study computer applications. Lily enjoys reading, playing tennis at a local club, and painting.
This is Martha’s third year at MMS. She has 16 years experience working with preschool and kindergarten children in public and private schools. She received her AA degree in Child Development from LBW Community College in Andalusia, Alabama. While working on her degree she received the Outstanding Student Award. Martha attended the Montessori training school in Orlando, Florida over the summer and will complete her degree in June. Martha is the mother of two sons and has four grandchildren. She enjoys camping, cooking and gardening.
This is Christina’s third year here at MMS. For the past two years she’s worked as an Early Childhood/Kindergarten After School Program Supervisor. She also served as a “Little House” Assistant Teacher during the 2011 and 2012 Summer Camp programs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Advertising with a minor in Business Administration. Christina loves being a part of the MMS family and is thrilled to begin her third year here at MMS.
Elizabeth is the Lead Teacher in the Preschool/Kindergarten class, as well as the Preschool and Kindergarten Coordinator here at MMS. This is Elizabeth’s fifteenth year teaching at Millhopper Montessori. She started as an Assistant Teacher in the Lower Elementary Classroom. She has fifteen years experience in the Lower Elementary level. Elizabeth holds her 3-6 AMS Montessori Certificate, is trained in Phono-Graphix, and has completed the Montessori Key Concepts Workshop. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Child Studies and Psychology. She also holds an Associate of Science degree in Medical Administration. Elizabeth has personal experience and an interest in working with special needs children. She is a mother of three, all of whom have attended MMS.
Jessica recently moved to Gainesville from Massachusetts. She has a BA in Biology and has taught preschool age children for the past six years. Jessica has an interest in early language development and is excited to be a part of the MMS family. Jessica has two children in Elementary School.
This is Renee Brohamer’s fifth year teaching at MMS. She received her AMS 3-6 certification in 1989 from South Florida Montessori Education Center in Boca Raton FL. She has a BA in psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and also holds a Florida Teacher Certification for K-6. Renee has taught for over 20 years from pre-school through GED/adult education. Renee is the mother of four children, two of whom are young adults and the other two are in middle and high school.
This is Kathleen’s ninth year teaching here at MMS. She worked at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School for eight years, where her focus was primary classes consisting of first and second graders. She has completed the Montessori Key Concepts Workshop. Kathleen and her husband of thirty-four years, Tom, spend their time doing crafts, gardening, amateur photography, and Civil War re-enactments. Kathleen has four children, ages twenty to thirty-five.