Our Staff

Karen Cichy

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.

 

Credentials

  • 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

Office Manager

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.

Credentials

Bachelors Degree in Psychology

Creative Writing & Interdisciplinary Studies Minor

Montessori Primary Certification from Summit Teacher Training Institure

Redirecting Children's Behavior

Conscious Discipline 

DCF 40 Hours 

Ongoing Continuing CEUs 

CPR/First Aid Training 

Tami Bowen

Music Teacher

Ms. Tami is our music teacher at Woodland Nature Montessori School.