To stimulate life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself–that is the first duty of the educator.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori
Terri Zuidema joined the Sun Grove Montessori Elementary team in 2003. She came with over 10 years of Montessori teaching experience, experience as an American Montessori Society Consultant to Interns and founding owner of a Discovery Montessori Preschool in Michigan. Terri began as a Lower Elementary teacher and began leading the Montessori adolescent program shortly after her daughter graduated the program in 2013. Terri served as our school’s IMC Accreditation Chair and also as our school’s Interim Head of School for a short time. Terri earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science with a minor in Elementary Education. She holds a current State of Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate and a Florida DCF Advanced Director’s Credential. Additionally, Terri holds a NAMTA/AMI-USA Adolescent credential and AMS credentials in Early Childhood, Elementary I and Continuing Education.
Laurie Fryar joined our administrative team in 2011, but she has been closely associated with Sun Grove Montessori School since 1996 as an involved parent. Laurie manages the school’s accounting and serves as a liaison for staff, parents and administration. There are not many in our community that don’t have an interaction with Laurie in person or on the phone and she is known for her smile and willingness to assist with anything!
Myra Berry joined our team in 2016 training to be the Aftercare Supervisor and quickly moved into her present position when the need presented itself. Ms. Myra is the first smile when entering the office and she assists families, staff and administration in a myriad of tasks.
School Technology Specialist
Karin Jones has an extensive education background including instruction and technology. She joined our administrative team in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, A State of Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate Elementary K-6 with an ESOL endorsement, Apple Certifications, and Google Apps for Education training.