Programs

Early Childhood Program (ages 3-6)
Montessori is a unique educational approach that nurtures a child’s intrinsic desire to learn. Montessori focuses on the whole child – his cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.

Our Early Childhood program offers multi-aged classrooms, serving children 3 – 6 years of age. Children learn from hands on exploration of specially designed didactic materials. Children progress at their own pace, in a way that best suites his or her own learning style.

Elementary Program (ages 6-12)
The Elementary-aged child is full of awe and wonder about the world in which he lives. The Montessori Elementary Curriculum inspires a love of learning by going beyond the usual goals of skill development to address the development of the whole person. Children who complete our Elementary program have a clear understanding of the natural world, human knowledge, and of themselves.

The Montessori Elementary curriculum is an integrated thematic approach where students learn about the physical universe, the world of nature, and the human experience through hands-on investigation. Academic skills in math, reading, and language arts are mastered within the meaningful context of this big picture. Peace education and problem solving play an integral role and enable the student to develop conflict resolution and critical thinking skills.

Students learn to think independently and how to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing. They learn essential time management skills for independent work and how to work well with others. The curriculum scope for the elementary classroom includes: mathematics, geometry, language arts, zoology, botany, geography, history, practical life and the arts. We also have the unique opportunity to explore the beach and incorporate hands-on marine science into our curriculum.

After School Program
After school care is available from 2:30 - 5:30 each day. Children engage in age-appropriate activities in the classroom as well as spending time on the playground and at the beach. What a great way for your children to have fun with their friends after school!

Summer Camp (ages 3-6)
Our Summer Camp is full of beach-themed fun and learning. Children learn about things associated with the beach, along with having some good, old-fashioned fun! Each week includes beach trips twice a week, beach exploration related to the weekly theme, cooking and healthy snacks, arts and crafts, and exposure to the Montessori learning environment. Enrollment Form

History

Montessori by the Sea is a non-profit, authentic Montessori school located in historic Pass-A-Grille overlooking the pristine Gulf of Mexico. Montessori by the Sea was established in 1985 as an outreach program of Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church.

Montessori programs accept students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin. All religions and faiths are respected. We provide quality Montessori education for children from 3 – 12 years old.

Staff

Katie’s introduction to the Montessori method of education came when she was hired as a Teaching Assistant in the Childcare program at Small World Montessori School, located in Racine, WI, in 2003. She immediately loved Montessori and felt proud to be practicing a philosophy that helped develop the child as a whole.

In the summer of 2007, Katie completed her training and was awarded the AMS Early Childhood Montessori certification from Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center, located in Evanston, IL. Katie had the pleasure of teaching at Small World Montessori School for 4 more years before making the decision to head to a warmer climate! Katie joined the Montessori by the Sea school community for the 2013 – 2014 school year and is looking forward to her future here. When she is not school, Katie enjoys cooking, going to the park with her two dogs and spending time with the newest addition to her family, her baby girl.

Ms. Cox was born in Utrecht, Netherlands. At the age of four, she moved to Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles with her father, mother, and three siblings. Ms. Cox grew up on the island, where she enjoyed the pristine beaches and gorgeous views that the island offers. Some of her hobbies have included swimming, boating, dancing, snorkeling and playing tennis. After graduating from high school, Ms. Cox studied education in the Netherlands and in Curacao.

In 1986, Ms. Cox was awarded her Primary teaching credential with the American Montessori Society. Ms. Cox has been teaching at Montessori by the Sea since 1986.

Stefanie Hoft, M.A., AMS, Lower Elementary Guide. Stefanie has been involved in Montessori Education since 1999 in teaching as well as administration. She is an AMS certified Early Childhood and Elementary Montessori teacher. Stefanie holds an Advanced Graduate Degree in Educational Leadership from The University of New England.

In her free time, she loves spending time with her family including her Siberian Huskies and playing field hockey with The Tampa Bay Grasshoppers.

Ms. Adria has been teaching for the past 25 years, 20 of which have been dedicated to the Montessori method. She has a Bachelor’s in Humanities and has Montessori certifications in both Upper and Lower Elementary. She is elated to be a part of the Montessori by the Sea’s leaning community.

Ms. Adria has a great joy, respect, and appreciation for all aspects of life especially spending time with family.

Christina became a MBTS staff member in August, 2017. She was born and raised on Long Island in New York, but has adjusted to a life without the cold and snow with ease. Christina has a BA in Elementary/Special Education and Social Sciences.

She cannot imagine ever having a job that doesn't include working with children!

Kathy has lived in Pennsylvania and New York and is very happy to now call St Pete Beach her home. She has a BS in Accounting from Manhattan College and has her CPA. After leaving her career to raise her 4 children, Kathy volunteered for many positions involving the youth in her community. Her second career started as a technology instructor to preschoolers. Kathy’s opportunity with Montessori began in 2010 at Montessori Community School of Newtown where she worked as an assistant teacher until 2015.

When Kathy is not in school she enjoys running, yoga, reading and long walks on the beach with her husband.

Michelle Eidman has spent her entire career in education and is a 2nd generation educator. Michelle has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Michelle was introduced to the Montessori Method of Education 5 years ago when her son started attending a Montessori school while they lived in California. As a mother and educator, she was drawn to the Montessori method because of the focus on educating the whole child.

Michelle is currently completing her Primary Montessori certificate at The Center for Guided Montessori Studies. When she is not at school, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Christina grew up working and playing on the east coast of Florida and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She believes the out-of-doors and nature are key to the development and happiness of both children and adults. Since receiving a degree in Recreation and Park Management and Geography and Planning from Appalachian State University she has followed her heart which has led to experiences in many different realms, from working in our parks and school systems in North Carolina to hospitality management, wine-growing and teaching yoga in Vermont.

Christina’s cup stays filled by boating, diving, paddle-boarding, canoeing, hiking, dining, advocating for our natural spaces and working closely with her community, especially through teaching yoga.

Nicole Wilson came to Montessori by the Sea in August 2010. She has a BA in Human Resources from St. Leo University, a MA in Mental Health Counseling from USF, and has taken Montessori Leadership courses from the Montessori Foundation. She has over 15 years’ experience in Human Resources Management. After having her own children, she began working with children as well. Nicole taught Music with Mar., along with other music and movement classes. She also worked with two and three-year-old children for two years in a church run preschool program.

In August 2010 Nicole became the Office Administrator for Montessori by the Sea and is currently Director for the school.