Director, Miss Tina

Tina comes to Montessori at Sylvan Abbey with over 17 years of experience in early childhood education. Originally from New York, she moved to the Tampa Bay area in 1984. She is the mother of three sons and has three grandchildren ranging in age from 7 years to 18 months. Tina believes that all children should be afforded every opportunity to learn and grow in a secure, nurturing educational environment. She supports a strong educational foundation which promotes a lifelong love of learning. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Child Development Associate (C.D.A.), and Director’s Credential.

2-3 Year Old Teacher, Diane Wilson

Diane is part owner of our school. She has a B.A. and National Boards in English and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Her 33 years in teaching give her a deep understanding into the development and educational needs of the young child. She is married and has eight grandchildren ranging in ages from 20 down to three. She was born in North Carolina and because of her husband’s military career, has lived throughout the United Stated from Hawaii to Massachusetts and Arizona to South Carolina. She has lived in Florida since 1982. She enjoys being with her family and her new Golden Retriever puppy, Lila Belle

4 -5 Year Old and VPK Teacher – Monica Ramsak

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Previous to teaching, Monica held a position in management at a major financial institution where she traveled extensively for twenty-five years. She says her life and priorities changed significantly when she decided to pursue a foreign adoption as a single parent. Parenting continues to be the most challenging and satisfying “job” Monica has ever held. She has a beautiful fourteen years old daughter who she says gets the credit for turning her mother towards God and a new career. Monica’s interests include gardening, the outdoors, and their home. She and her daughter are avid bird watchers. They have pets, are interested in insects, and anything that lives outdoors! Monica became a certified teacher when she received her Florida C.D.A. along with the Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (V.P.K.). For the past 10 years she has truly enjoyed sharing with her students her experiences and turning them into teaching moments.

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