Owner/Director and Lead Teacher
Prior to opening the Woodland Nature Montessori School, I had 10 years experience as a Montessori Lead Teacher in the Primary environment, and a total of 18 years of teaching experience. I started a Montessori toddler program, and have been a lead teacher in Montessori toddler and primary environments, as well as substituting in a lower elementary program. I was a volunteer for three years at Orangewood Elementary in Fort Myers specializing in the “No Student Left Behind” reading program. I have been a resident of Fort Myers for 31 years and have raised two children and a stepson.
Early Childhood Credential (3-6 years old) – The Center for Guided Montessori Studies. CGMS is accredited by Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) and affiliated with the InternationalMontessori Council (IMC).
Associate of Arts Degree – Florida Southwestern State College and Indiana University
Florida Department of Children and Families – Director’s Credential, Staff Credential, 45 hours Child Care Training
State of Florida - VPK Lead Teacher Certification
11+ years of Montessori teaching experience and training courses in a variety of early childhood education topics
Infant & Child CPR, AED, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogen training
Certified Instructor of 15 Hour Redirecting Children’s Behavior Course
Kayla Rose Iannuzzo
I am the office manager here at Woodland Nature Montessori School. I attended Summit Questa Montessori School in Davie, Florida from preschool through middle school. I spend my summers there volunteering in the early childhood classrooms while in elementary school through high school. I attended Florida Gulf Coast University but would return to Summit on the weekends and over the summer to work as a lifeguard, camp counselor, and aftercare teacher. I graduated FGCU with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Double Minor in Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary studies. I then returned to Summit to attain my Montessori Teaching Certification. I worked at The Montessori School of Fort Myers with Karen for two (AMAZING) years and am so happy to be working with her again. I have also gone through Redirecting Children’s Behavior and Conscious Discipline. Montessori is a passion of mine and I am super excited to be able to share and help to educate the community on the philosophy. My Montessori background has sparked a passion for learning and made me a lifelong learner, I am constantly trying to learn new things. I love being in nature, being around animals, teaching kids, meditating, doing yoga, reading, and practicing reiki and bringing peace and love wherever I go.
Bachelors Degree in Psychology
Creative Writing & Interdisciplinary Studies Minor
Montessori Primary Certification from Summit Teacher Training Institure
Redirecting Children's Behavior
DCF 40 Hours
Ongoing Continuing CEUs
CPR/First Aid Training
Ms. Tami is our music teacher at Woodland Nature Montessori School.