FACULTY & STAFF
Mrs. Misaida Gonzalez
Elementary Montessori Intern Guide
Mrs. Misaida Gonzalez has recently relocated to join Montessori Global from Miami Gardens, where she worked in a Montessori school for over 10 years. She now resides in Palm Coast with her husband and two sons. Over ten years ago she stepped into a Montessori classroom and instantly fell in love with how organized it was and how the teachers never stopped modifying the lessons and material for every child’s needs. All those years have helped her learn from her own experiences by keeping her goals as a teacher. Working with children makes her keep moving forward with her studies, seeing how much she can teach and build in a child’s mind. Today, her goal for the future is to obtain her Montessori education in Special Needs Children. She currently holds her 3-6 Montessori certification and is enrolled in the CGMS Elementary I training. She is teaching in MGRI Elementary class as a Montessori Intern.
Mrs. Jessica Perez-Carrillo
Montessori Global Elementary I & II Teacher
Mrs. Jessica Perez-Carrillo is an Elementary teacher at Montessori Global Research Institute. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to Florida in 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Exceptional Student Education from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. She is a certified teacher in Puerto Rico and Florida for Elementary Education and Exceptional Student Education. In October 2019, she was given the opportunity to start working for Montessori Global, which has allowed her to learn more about the Montessori method and she fell in love with the way the students learn at their own individual pace and according to their own choices of activities.
“Teachers nurture the seeds of today, so they may bloom into the flowers of tomorrow.”
Dr. Ambar Cipolloni
Elementary I Guide
Dr Ambar Saleh-Cipolloni knew that she was born to be a teacher with a profound love for children, developing a successful preschool at her native Dominican Republic. Dr. Saleh Cipolloni has earned a B.A in Early Childhood Education; Masters degrees in Spanish Languages & Cultural Studies; Teaching Spanish as a Second Language, and Montessori Education; Montessori certifications in preprimary (0-3), primary (3-6), and lower elementary (6-9) education; a doctorate in Biblical Psychology; and a doctorate Ed.D in Instructional Leadership. She is completing a licensure in Clinical Mental Health and Montessori certification in upper elementary (9-12), and secondary (12-18) education. She is past and current consultant for Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) that provides the largest number of early childhood programs in Florida; consulted with Florida State University; adjunct professor at St John’s River Community College and Daytona State College; and faculty assistant professor and department chair at Bethune Cookman University. She is currently an adjunct professor for Kentucky Weslyen, and Florida Gateway College. She and Dr. Cipolloni have raised their four successful children with the benefit of Montessori philosophy.
Professor Martha Alder
Montessori Global Elementary I Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Alder was born and raised in Colombia and came to the United States in 2011. Mrs. Alder's family consists of her husband, her son, and handsome dog. She is a Social Communicator, Journalist, and Human Resource Specialist. She was also a Professor of Communication Skills Development, Professor of Integral Communication and Professor of Research and Social Investigation. Mrs. Alder has over eleven years in research and college-level instruction, and seven years managing social programs, for a College in Colombia. She holds a Bachelor of Social Communication, with emphasis in Journalism and Organizational Communication. (UNAB) Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga, Colombia. Specialization in Human Resources. (UNAB) Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga, Colombia.
Other certifications include:
* Comprehension and production of texts for publication, with University Cooperative of Colombia (UCC).
* Curriculum and Learning in Higher Education, with University Cooperative of Colombia (UCC).
* Environmental Systems Dynamics, Business and Social. Led Virtually from Barcelona, Spain.
* Basic Management of Information Technologies and Communication, with the Ministry of National Education. Colombia.
* Co-author of the book: "Ten Success Factors in the Solidarity Economy Organizations"; with the University Cooperative of Colombia. Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia (UCC).
* Co-author of the book: "The Park Bench", the education and television to promote citizenship skills, based on principles and values of Solidarity Economy. Including recommendations for teachers and parents"; with the University Cooperative of Colombia. Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia (UCC).
She was fortunate to start teaching Spanish at Montessori Global Resource Institute in August 2019, and immediately fell in love with the Montessori way of teaching.
Ms. Lorie Smith
Montessori Global Elementary I & II Teacher
Ms. Lorie Smith was born in Rochester, New York. When she was young her father relocated her and her five brothers and sisters to Florida. The family settled in Volusia County in the city of Debary right on the St. John's River, where she and her siblings spent all their time on the river and exploring nature. She graduated high school from Colonial High School and took her education at the University of Central Florida where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Education. She went on to teach ESE in the Elementary schools in Pine Hills, Middle School in Orlando and then settled at Millennium Middle School in Sanford where she retired in 2019. With over 20 years' experience in the classroom, she is delighted to bring her knowledge to Montessori Global and enhance their learner outcomes and objectives as well as enhance their distinctive learning program. She has two amazing and beautiful now adult children, a daughter and son who resides in Volusia County. In her spare time, you can find her caring for horses in the barn or having a beach day with her beautiful grandchildren.
Ms. Michelle Davis
Elementary Montessori Assistant
Ms. Davis grew up in Kentucky (Go Cards!) where she worked as a preschool teacher before moving to Florida for college in 2006. She now resides in Ormond Beach with her fiancé, two small senior dogs, and grandmother. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with an emphasis on child psychology, followed by her master’s degree in Applied Learning and Instruction, with a focus on instructional design. During her graduate studies she researched and wrote literature reviews on mainstreaming students with ASD, as well as elementary classroom management. She is now certified as a teacher in Florida. She is also a certified personal trainer through the International Sports Sciences Association and plans on beginning certification in youth fitness. Along with that, she has a health and wellness blog. After years of being a caretaker and working from home she began looking for a career in education and came across a Montessori teacher position. Not being familiar with the Montessori method she began researching the method and subsequently visited the school, at which point she fell in love with the philosophy and structure; she now plans on getting certified in Montessori education. From a young age Ms. Davis knew she wanted to work with children as a teacher, bringing home extra worksheets and opting to play school with her friends more than any other activity. She feels like she has found her place at Montessori Global Research Institute and looks forward to serving the students and making an impact on their lives, helping them learn, grow, and prosper in their own unique, individual way. During her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, spending time in the Word/worship, exercising, being outside, spending time with family and friends, and watching Hallmark and football. She loves to laugh, smile, and hopes to be a light to everyone she meets and make a lasting difference.