Staff

Staff

Marcia Hurlbutt

Marcia is the Co-owner and Director of the Montessori School of East Orlando.  She is also the Lead Upper Elementary teacher.

Marcia's career in teaching began in 1997. She received her BA at Florida State University in Political Science and her MA at The American University in International Communication. She then earned her teaching certificate from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, MD. She is accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) in Elementary I and II. She also received her certification in Phono-Graphix from the ReadAmerica Institute in Orlando, FL.

She calls teaching her calling and finds nothing more fulfilling than watching her students' eagerness and excitement for learning blossom and grow every year. She is a nature lover and enjoys seeing the care in which all life is nurtured under                                                   her students' hands.

 

Ingrid Hurlbutt

Ingrid is the Co-owner and Administrator of the Montessori School of East Orlando.  She is also the Upper Elementary teacher.

She was born in Breda, Holland and came to America when she was 15 years old. As a child, she attended the Workplaatz—a Montessori school in Holland run by Bette and Kees Boeke. After a lifetime working in such diverse fields as a nurse, Captain, mother, grandmother, small business owner, etc. she is incredibly excited to be working each day at the Montessori School of East Orlando where she can ensure that all of her students will be nourished with love, understanding, and joy.

 

Leila Manzano

Leila is the Lead Primary teacher and the Director of the Primary program at the Montessori School of East Orlando.

Leila has been working with children of all ages since 1993. She is a credentialed Director and an AMS Accredited teacher for the Early Childhood Level. She is also accredited through the North American Montessori Center (NAMC) in Elementary I. She loves the Montessori philosophy and the way in which it is specifically geared to support each child's individuality and uniqueness.

 

 

Altagracia (Alta) Primas

Altagracia is the Lead Lower Elementary teacher at the Montessori School of East Orlando.

Altagracia holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from CUNY, Queens College. Her educational experience includes working as a substitute teacher for OCPS, as a teacher in a Development Center, and as a teacher in an inclusion classroom at a Charter School. She shares in the joy of being part of the Montessori community and looks forward to being of service to the children and their parents.

"One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child." Maria Montessori

 

Jonathan Dufault

Jonathan is the Art teacher at the Montessori School of East Orlando.

Jonathan studies Studio Art at the University of Central Florida, School of Visual Arts and Design, and specialized in painting and drawing. He has participated in art shows and competitions at UCF, Disney, and in the Central Florida community since 2005. His most recent accomplishments include working with the Orange County Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Project and designing graphic T-shirts for the Chaos Clothing Company.  Jonathan first began working with children in 2007 as a children and family photographer. He also shares a passion for soccer and has been coaching youth soccer for i9 Sports since 2009.

 

Holly Hughes

Holly Hughes is the Office Administrator and Physical Education instructor at the Montessori School of East Orlando.

Holly has a background in Martial Arts, Physical Fitness, and Kickboxing. She has been working with children and adults of all ages since 1996. Her experience includes working as an Assistant Martial Arts Instructor, Kickboxing Instructor and a Boot Camp Instructor. In 2010, she earned her Black Belt in Tae-Kwon Do when she was 5 months pregnant. She recently became a certified PIYO instructor.  She enjoys all aspects of Physical Education and enjoys teaching her students to be as healthy as they can be. Holly’s motto is to “Never Give Up”, and hopes to teach that to all of her students.

 

 

Robert (Rob) Kerr

Robert is the Voice, Violin, and Piano instructor at the Montessori School of East Orlando.

Robert is a freelance composer, violinist, conductor, and clinician. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Tulsa and a Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He taught at Rollins College for three years as the Adjunct Professor of Violin and headed the Violin Program for the Community Music School. He has also served as a clinician for Magic Music Days at Walt Disney World working with nationally recognized high school orchestras.

He has had over 25 years experience teaching children of all ages as: Youth Orchestra Conductor, Private Violin & Piano Professor, and Choir Director.  At the Montessori School of East Orlando, he has worked since 2009 as our Voice Specialist and has composed the Montessori School of East Orlando Anthem, featured on this web-site. For more information on Rob, please visit his website.

Currently, Rob is the full-time Violinist for Weddings at Walt Disney World and is frequently featured at EPCOT with Mo'Rockin and Off-Kilter.

 

Marisol Velasco

Marisol is the Spanish teacher at the Montessori School of East Orlando.

Marisol came to the United States in 1999. She is a Colombian descendant. Marisol graduated from ICESI University from Cali Colombia in Business Administration.  She also received her masters degress with honors in Finance from ICESI University as well.  Marisol's expertise is in banking. She fell in love with the Montessori curriculum and has two children who attend MSEO. She came to our school as a volunteer in 2007 and in 2008 she became a teacher initiating the Spanish curriculum. Her expectations for the children are to obtain the best foundation in learning Spanish. She is passionate for each child to learn the basics, in order to retain the Language for a lifetime.

 

Linda Walro

Linda is the Librarian at the Montessori School of East Orlando.

Linda graduated from Rollins College with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business in 1989. She worked in a wide variety of jobs including: administrative, training, management, Activities Leader in a nursing home and as a nanny. She enjoyed home-schooling her daughter; however, it was when she taught Sunday school that she realized her great love of teaching large groups of children.

Linda thoroughly enjoyed volunteering her time assisting the teachers here at MSEO during the 2010-2011 school year and is thrilled to have joined the school on a more permanent basis.

 

     

 

        Our Assitant                  Teachers

Nancy Snyder
Primary Teacher

Margarita Sotomayor
Upper Elementary Assistant &
Drama/Dance Instructor

 

 

 

 

 

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