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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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Jennifer Kuntz

Media Specialist & Senior Elementary Team Teacher
  • B.A., English, University of Florida
  • Masters of Libary and Information Science, Florida State University
  • Former Systems Librarian:  Florida Center for Library Automation
  • Former Head of Access Services: University of Florida Health Science Center Library
  • State of Florida Certification: Educational Media Specialist (PreK – 12)
  • State of Florida Certification: English (6-12)
  • Hobbies include Girl Scout Troop Leader (2012), Board Member at Holy Trinity Episcopal School (2010-2013), reading, writing and traveling
  • Affiliated with MMS since 2012
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Carter Johnson

Social Studies & IT
  • B.A. in Classical Civilizations from the University of Florida
  • Fourth Grade Florida History
  • Sixth Grade Ancient History
  • Seventh/Eighth Grade American History
  • Math 2
  • IT Coordinator
  • First year at MMS
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Elaine Manion

Reading Teacher & Reading Therapist for grades 1 - 3
  • B.A., Elementary Education
  • Minor in Biology
  • Phono-Graphix Certified Master Reading Therapist
  • Trainer-Member of Read America Reading Therapists
  • Former Wilton Cake Decorator (20 years); Member of the Hall of Family for 1000+ students
  • Hobbies include gardening and collecting Angels
  • Affiliated with MMS since 1993

Meghan O’Brien Bustamante

Reading Assistant
  • B.A. in International Affairs
  • Minor in Multinational Business
  • Florida State University
  • Graduate courses in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University
  • Volunteer work in country with children across Sub-Saharan African nations & Romania
  • On staff at To Love Children Educational Foundation International
  • Hobbies: Reading, Traveling, Yoga
  • Affilated with MMS since 2013
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Maria E. Valladares

Spanish Teacher
  • Masters of Education, University of Florida, 1978
  • Bachelors of Arts, University of Florida, 1975
  • Course: Maximizing foreign language input in the classroom from UF, 2006 & 2008
  • Spanish Teacher at Westwood Hills Christian School (K-12), 2000-2012
  • Spanish Teacher at Living Faith Fellowship School (K-12), 1985-1999
  • Hobbies include scrapbooking, reading, traveling and hosting dinners at the Ronald McDonald House (since 1998)
  • Affiliated with MMS since 2013
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Karina Newman

Middle School Spanish Teacher
  • BA in Architecture
  • Post Baccalaureate Journalism and Public Relations
  • Florida Professional Teaching Certificate
  • Spanish Language Tutor
  • Two children attended MMS
  • Affiliated with MMS since 2010


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Sylvia Aslanian

  • B.S., Technology/Visual Communications (completing)
  • Director of the End of Year Show
  • Director of bi-annual Shakespeare Festival
  • Director of Award Winning Spotlight Kids Performing Arts
  • Developed Technology Curriculum based on National Technology Education Standars
  • Developed Speech and Debate Curriculum based on National Middle School Public Debate Program
  • Developed Drama Curriculum based on Montessori Curriculum and National Standards
  • Former Spanish Kindergarten/1st grade teacher at MMS
  • Former assistant in 1st/2nd grade classroom at MMS
  • Kindergarten Special Needs Teacher at Nova Elementary (Ft. Lauderdale), 1993
  • Member of the Educational Theater Association
  • Member of American Alliance for Theater and Education
  • Member of Theater Communications Group
  • American Red Cross Certified
  • Affiliated with MMS since 1994

Elizabeth Bublitz

Music & Drama Teacher
  • Studied Vocal Performance and Bassoon at the University of South Florida
  • Music Director, Choreographer and Assistant Director of the End of the Year Show
  • Music Director and Assistant Director of bi-annual Shakespeare Festival
  • Music Director and Assistant Director of Award Winning Spotlight Kids Performing Arts
  • Assistant in drama classes at MMS
  • Former assistant in the middle school classroom at MMS
  • Former technology assistant at MMS
  • Private voice and piano teacher at Garden Music, Winter Garden, FL
  • Soloist with the Space Coast Pops
  • Soloist with the Florida Orchestra
  • Affiliated with MMS since 2012
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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

Elizabeth Sheehan

Part-time Assistant Kindergarten - 2nd grade Media and Technology
  • A.A., Special Education
  • A.S., Special Education
  • Assistant Teacher Montessori Certificate
  • DCF Staff Credential
  • First Aid & CPR
  • Blood Pathogen Training
  • Hobbies include sewing
  • Affiliated with MMS since 2000
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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