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Administration

Head of School

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James Farwell, jfarwell@msfortmyers.com


Mr. James grew up in Woodbury, MN attending several Montessori schools throughout childhood including Woodbury Montessori (3-4 years old), Nokomis Montessori School (Kindergarten), J.J. Hill Montessori (1st grade) and Valley Crossing Community School (5th – 6th grade).  A lifelong learner and teacher, Mr. James has served for three years as a Sunday school teacher (1st - 3rd graders), six years as a snowboard instructor (11 – 13 year olds), one year as a teaching assistant at the University of Florida, has served as an occasional guest speaker at Florida International University several times from 2009-2013, and taught financial analysis courses.  Mr. James enjoys finding ways to better serve our students, families, and staff.  In his free time, he enjoys working on the school facility, playing soccer, weight lifting, growing fruit trees, reading, and discussing self improvement. 


Credentials


  • Head of School since 2013.
  • Montessori Administrator Credential - September 2016.  Seton Montessori Institute, an American Montessori Society (AMS) affiliated teacher education program.
  • B.S.B.A. in Finance and minor in Spanish - University of Florida.  Significant college coursework in early childhood education at Nova Southeast University.
  • Florida Department of Children & Families - Staff Credential, Director Credential, Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Director Endorsement, 40 hours of child care training, numerous continuing education courses
  • Certified Instructor of 15 Hour Redirecting Children's Behavior Course
  • Published contributor to Montessori Leadership magazine published by the Montessori Foundation.

Primary (3-6 Years Old)

Primary Lead Teacher

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One of most experienced staff, Ms. Ana completed her Early Childhood (3-6 years) Montessori Teacher Training in 1984 and taught for several years at Alexander Montessori School in Miami, FL.  She then opened her own school, Christian Montessori Children's House in Miami, FL,  for 3-6 year old children which she ran for 10 years.  She moved to Cape Coral and soon began work as a lower elementary school lead teacher (grades 1-3) from 1996-2001 at Michigan Montessori Elementary School, the first public Montessori school in Fort Myers, FL.   After Michigan Montessori Elementary School shut down, Ms. Ana worked as an elementary school teacher at James Stephens Intentional Academy , an international baccalaureate school, before joining Renaissance Montessori school in 2010 where she was an elementary lead teacher until 2015.  After a short retirement, Ms. Ana rejoined the Montessori community at our school.


Credentials


  • AMS Early Childhood (3-6 years old) Montessori Teacher credential, Montessori Teacher Training Institute (MTTI), Miami, FL
  • AMS Lower Elementary Teacher  credential, Barry University, North Miami, FL
  • Master of Science Degree in Montessori Education, Barry University 
  • Bachelor Degree in Human Resources and Management, Trinity University, Miami, FL
  • Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, FL
  • Primary Teacher (PreK-grade 3) Certification, University of South florida

Elementary (Grades 1-6)

Lower Elementary Lead Teacher

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Ms. Stephanie she has worked as a Montessori teacher, teacher of students with special needs, school director, and school consultant.  Aside from teaching, Ms. Stephanie enjoys reading and writes children's books.  She enjoys storytelling, art museums, being creative, and going to the beach.  She has two young adult daughters and a dog.  


Credentials:


  • American Montessori Society (AMS) Lower Elementary Certification - Xavier University
  • Audited the Early Childhood Education (3-6 years old) training while at Xavier University
  • Masters Degree in Montessori Education (1 credit remaining) - Xavier University
  • Bachelor Degree in Psychology - University of Charleston
  • Two week course in Waldorf Art
  • Graduate course work in autism.