Ms. Jayna

Ms. Sarah

Ms. Cortnie

Ms. Faith



— Faculty —

Celebrating Over 20 Years of Excellence

Ms. Jayna, Director of Education, A.M.I.

  • MCH Directress since 2003
  • Montessori Training Center of St. Louis (3-6 A.M.I. Degree)
  • BS - University of Missouri

Ms. Jayna discovered A.M.I. Montessori when she enrolled her two young daughters in a highly regarded A.M.I. school in the St. Louis area.  After witnessing the effects of the Montessori method on her own children, she has devoted her career to guiding other children through the Montessori process.  In addition to her Montessori enthusiasm, Ms. Jayna and her husband, Mr. Chuck, enjoy living on the inter-coastal waterway in South St. Petersburg, where their favorite activities include fishing, boating, and exploring the many beaches of Florida.

Ms. Sarah, Primary Directress, A.M.I.

  • MCH Directress since 1998
  • Montessori Training Center of St. Louis (3-6 A.M.I. Degree)

Ms. Sarah has been a devoted Directress at The Montessori Children's House of Hyde Park for 20 years.  Her friendly smile, endless energy, and lighthearted attitude makes her very popular with the children.  Ms. Sarah is happily married and the proud mother of two children.  When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family, scuba diving, horseback riding, quilting, and partaking in church activities.



Ms. Cortnie, Lower Elementary Class Directress, A.M.I.

  • MCH Directress since 2009
  • Montessori Institute of Milwaukee - Kansas (6-9, 9-12 A.M.I. Degree)
  • BSW - University of South Florida

Ms. Cortnie has been an accomplished teacher for the last 15 years.  Students love spending time in her classroom because of her energetic spirit and positive attitude.  Outside of the classroom, Ms. Cortnie, is a proud mother and an animal lover.  In her free time, she also enjoys nature, music, dancing, and spending time with family.  



Ms. Olinger, Upper Elementary Directress, A.M.I.

  • MCH Teacher since 2013; MCH Directress since 2016
  • Montessori Institute of Milwaukee - Wisconsin (6-9, 9-12 A.M.I. Degree)
  • BS - Elementary Education - University of Tampa
  • MS - Montessori Education - Loyola University - Maryland

Ms. Olinger is a highly qualified teacher in the state of Florida and we our proud to have her in our Montessori family.  In addition to her passion for educating children, she loves to travel.  She has spent time in several different countries in Asia and Central America.  Ms. Olinger also enjoys reading and leading life groups with her husband, Eric.


Ms. Kendy, Primary Classroom Assistant

  • MCH Primary Classroom Assistant since 2014
  • BA - Government World Affairs - University of Tampa
  • A.M.I. Certification - Completion, 2019
  • MS - Montessori Education - Loyola University - Maryland - Completion, 2020

Ms. Kendy has dedicated her career to making a positive impact in the lives of children.  She is passionate about her role as classroom assistant in our Primary class and regularly offers her time to host our extended care program.  Outside of the classroom, Ms. Kendy enjoys reading, volunteering and spending time with her family.  She also loves to travel and experience new foods and cultures.


Ms. Chamali, Lower Elementary Classroom Assistant

  • MCH Lower Elementary Classroom Assistant since 2014
  • Good Shepherd Maria Montessori Training Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka (3-6 A.M.I. Degree)

Ms. Chamali  was born and raised in Sri Lanka.  She loves to watch children grow and learn new skills.  Prior to relocating to Tampa in 2014, Ms. Chamali worked as the head Directress, teaching children ages 3-6, at Good Shepherd Covent in Kandy, Sri Lanka.




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