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Welcome to Blazing Stars Montessori School, a Wildflower School in Pasco County, FL.

Blazing Stars Montessori School provides an equitable, authentic Montessori education for children ages 3 – 9 years old. We envision a learning community grounded in culturally sustaining pedagogy that lays the foundation for children to author their own journeys in life. At Blazing Stars Montessori School, we prioritize the emotional, mental, and physical well-being and safety of our students and community. We aim to provide a Montessori environment where joy, empowerment, humanity, interconnectedness, healing, balance, and harmony are at the core of daily learning experiences. The Montessori approach is a child-centered, hands-on-learning pedagogy rooted in peace education and global mindedness. The holistic approach of Dr. Maria Montessori helps all children become truly capable and productive individuals by focusing on their moral, behavioral, emotional, and intellectual development. 

We are a member of the Wildflower Network of schools. Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Wildflower aspires to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.

Please contact us to receive more information about our school.

A Cooperative School Community

At Blazing Stars Montessori School, we believe in engaging all stakeholders – including parents, teachers, and students – in sharing the responsibility for running the school. We believe that the entire school community should work together for the collective good and benefit of our students. This is based on the premise that strong and positive school-family relationships are the foundation of an effective education. Parent involvement/participation is not just about volunteering/attendance at events but a recognition that the health of the School Family extends into the parent-child relationship.

Our Teacher Leaders

LaTania Scott

Founding Blazing Stars Teacher Leader

LaTania J. Scott, M.Ed, has taught in Montessori public schools in North Carolina and Florida and is a practicum advisor and field consultant at Centers for Guided Montessori Studies. AMS credentialed (Elementary I). IMC accredited (Elementary II).

School Details

Full Day

Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Extended Day Program

Before Care: 7:30 – 8:30 AM

After Care: 2:30 – 5:30 PM

Primary (3-6 year old children) 

8:30-9:00 Arrival
9:00-11:00 Morning Work Cycle
11:00-11:45 Outdoor Free Play
12:00-12:45 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Nap/Afternoon Work Cycle
2:30 Dismissal

Elementary (6-9 year old children) 

8:30-9:00 Arrival
9:00-12:00 Morning Work Cycle
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:00 Outdoor Free Play
1:00-2:30 Specials/Outdoor Activities
2:30 Dismissal

Our school year runs from September 3, 2019 to June 11, 2020.

Winter Break December 19, 2022-January 3, 2023
February Break February 17, 2023-February 21, 2023
Spring Break March 13, 2023-March 24, 2023

Additional days off include:

Indigenous Peoples’ Day October 14
Veterans Day November 11
Thanksgiving November 27-29
Martin Luther King Day January 20
Memorial Day May 25

We have parent teacher conference in November and May to collaborate on your child’s development

Teacher Planning August 3 – 9, 2022
Meet the Teachers August 8, 2022
First Day of School (Kindergartners, 2nd and 3rd graders) August 10, 2022
First Day of School (Ages 3-4 and 1st graders) August 15, 2022
Teacher Planning (Early Release Day) September 1, 2022
Labor Day (No School) September 5, 2022
End of First Quarter (Early Release Day) October 14, 2022
Teacher Planning (No School) October 17, 2022
Fall Break (Early Release Day) November 18, 2022
Fall Break (No School) November 21 – 25, 2022
Teacher Planning (No School) November 28, 2022
Winter Break (Early Release Day) December 16, 2022
Teacher Planning (No School) January 3, 2023
Teacher Planning (Early Release Day) January 13, 2023
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School) January 16, 2023
Teacher Planning (Early Release Day) February 17, 2023
President’s Day (No School) February 20, 2023
Teacher Planning (No School) March 20, 2023; No School – April 7, 2023
Teacher Planning (Early Release Day) April 14, 2023
End of School (Early Release Days) May 24 – 26
Last Day of School May 26, 2023
Teacher Planning May 30 – 31, 2023

Enroll Now

Attend an Information Session

The application process begins with attending an Information Session where you will learn about Blazing Stars Montessori School and the Wildflower Network.

Complete an Application

Please fill out our online application.

Meet our Teacher Leaders

After filling out an application, you will have an opportunity to sit down one-one-one with our Teacher-Leaders to learn more about our school. We look forward to getting to know you!

Non-discrimination Policy

Blazing Stars Montessori School Montessori School is a nonprofit organization and does not discriminate by race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, sex, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or status with regard to public assistance. Furthermore, Blazing Stars Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

News & Events

Information Sessions

Coming soon.

Open Houses

Coming soon.

Parent/Family Nights

Coming soon.

Resources

Videos

Learn about the Wildflower network from its founder, Sep Kamvar

Montessori from a father’s point of view

Resources

Learn about the Wildflower network from its founder, Sep Kamvar

Montessori from a father’s point of view

Consider a charitable gift to Blazing Stars Montessori School. We believe educational opportunities should be available to families in our community regardless of financial means. We appreciate any support you might offer our community as we strive for social justice through quality, authentic Montessori education.

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Board Members

[Board Member] Jake Cohen

Jake first fell in love with Montessori education in Chicago in 2012. Although he’d previously been working as an actor, after stumbling into a job assisting in a Montessori preschool classroom, he immediately changed course. A year later, he moved to Oakland, CA for a graduate program in Montessori Early Childhood Education, earning his American Montessori Society credential and writing his Master’s thesis on obstacles to Montessori in Head Start programs. After five years in the Bay Area, Jake and his partner, Jessie, moved to Philadelphia to be closer to family on the East Coast. After co-teaching with Eileen for a couple of years at Clementine Montessori, Jake was thrilled to partner with her as she embarked to establish Clover in Mt. Airy.

[Board Member] Brittany Powell

For well over a decade Brittany Powell has been dedicated to the education of children and young adults. She has taught English, Reading, and Journalism  from 9th grade to college freshmen. A graduate of University of South Florida with a B.A. in Mass Communications and a Masters of Art in Teaching. When not in the classroom, Brittany works tirelessly to improve the lives of children within her community by serving as a member of the PASCO Coalition and Co-President of Mocha Moms.

[Board Member] Sandra Richards

Sandra L. Richards leads Morgan Stanley’s Global Sports and Entertainment Business. Prior to her current role, Sandra served as a managing director of Morgan Stanley and head of business development and segment marketing in wealth management. Since joining Morgan Stanley in 2007, Sandra has worked with internal and external partners to support the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Previously, she was the Development Officer, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Jackie Robinson Foundation. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Seton Hall University and is a graduate of the Rutgers University/United Way of Essex and West Hudson County Project Leadership and the National Forum for Black Public Administrator’s Young Leaders Programs. Sandra is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and serves on the Board of Directors for the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation.

[Board Member] Katelyn Shore

Katelyn is a long time Montessorian, having grown up with Montessori and then returned to the classroom as a teacher in a primary classroom. Katelyn received her B.A. from Wellesley College with a degree in Neuroscience. With her background in brain development, as well as Montessori experience, she was excited to return to Montessori as the educational philosophy aligns education with scientific observation and study. Katelyn holds a primary level Montessori certification from Northeast Montessori Training Institute. With experience in both the classroom and administration, Katelyn Joined the Wildflower project in 2013 to help open the doors for the first Wildflower School. Katelyn currently supports the foundation in the School Supports circle, helping create resources and tools for wildflower teacher leader to open and operate their school. She is excited about the possibilities and development of Wildflower within Cambridge and beyond.

Wildflower Schools

Blazing Stars Montessori School is a member of the Wildflower Schools Network

Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Our schools aspire to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.

About Wildflower Schools

Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Our schools aspire to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.

Our aim is to be an experiment in a new learning environment, blurring the boundaries between home and school, between scientists and teachers, between schools and the neighborhoods around them.Our schools are small and teacher-led, with deep parent engagement. At the core of Wildflower are 9 principles that define the approach.

Our network is supported by a foundation that works to build capacity, systems, tools and research to grow and strengthen the network.

Learn more about our story.

Our Principles

Blurring the boundaries between home-schooling and institutional schooling, between scientists and teachers, between schools and the neighborhoods around them. At the core of Wildflower are 9 principles that define the approach.

Read about them here.

Our Network

After the first Wildflower school was created in January of 2014, there was intense interest in the school and the approach. This interest led us to open-source the model and help other family groups and teacher-leaders to create new Wildflower schools. Each teacher-leader at each Wildflower school serves on the board of at least one other Wildflower school, creating a community of schools that are linked by both a shared philosophy and a network of shared relationships.

View our network.