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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.

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 holds an American Montessori Society Lower Elementary Montessori credential, an IMC Montessori Credentials for Upper Elementary, a B.A. in Elementary Education, a Masters in Montessori Education, a Florida Early Childhood Director’s Credential, and a Florida Professional Educators Teaching License. LaTania has over 16 years of experience in the field of elementary  education. LaTania also works with teachers in training as a practicum advisor and field consultant.  LaTania is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and serves on the executive board as the vice president. 

Kameeka Shirley

Founding Blazing Stars Teacher Leader

Kameeka holds a B.B.A in Marketing and worked for almost 5 years at Morgan Stanley in New York before joining Teach for America as a 2017 corps member in Jacksonville, FL. Most recently, Kameeka has worked for 3 years in a lower elementary Montessori classroom and holds a Florida Professional Educators Teaching License with a Reading Endorsement and course work in English as a Second Language and Gifted.  Outside of her time in the classroom Kameeka is a mother to a toddler and is in the first class of Teach for America Central Florida’s Alumni Educator Fellowship.

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LaTania Scott

Founding Blazing Stars Teacher Leader

LaTania holds an American Montessori Society Lower Elementary Montessori credential, an IMC Montessori Credentials for Upper Elementary, a B.A. in Elementary Education, a Masters in Montessori Education, a Florida Early Childhood Director’s Credential, and a Florida Professional Educators Teaching License. LaTania has over 16 years of experience in the field of elementary  education. LaTania also works with teachers in training as a practicum advisor and field consultant.  LaTania is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and serves on the executive board as the vice president. 

Kameeka Shirley

Founding Blazing Stars Teacher Leader

Kameeka holds a B.B.A in Marketing and worked for almost 5 years at Morgan Stanley in New York before joining Teach for America as a 2017 corps member in Jacksonville, FL. Most recently, Kameeka has worked for 3 years in a lower elementary Montessori classroom and holds a Florida Professional Educators Teaching License with a Reading Endorsement and course work in English as a Second Language and Gifted.  Outside of her time in the classroom Kameeka is a mother to a toddler and is in the first class of Teach for America Central Florida’s Alumni Educator Fellowship.

School Details

Learning Pod

Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Extended Day Program

Before Care: Not Currently Offered

After Care: Not Currently Offered

Primary (3-6 year old children) 

8:30-9:00 Arrival

Outdoor Free Play

9:00-9:15 Morning Meeting (Greeting, Songs, Stories, and Calendar)
9:15-10:15 Small Group Lessons

Montessori Work Cycle

10:15-10:45 Outdoor Free Play
10:45-11:15 Wash Up

Snack

11:15-11:30 Prepare for Dismissal
11:30-12:00 Dismissal

Our learning pod for the Fall Term runs from September 6, 2022 to December 16, 2022.

First Day September 6, 2022
Teacher Planning (No School) October 7, 2022
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (No School) October 10, 2022
Veteran’s Day (No School)  November 11, 2022
Fall Break
November 21-25, 2022
Last Day of Fall Term December 16, 2022

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

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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.

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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.

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Information Sessions

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 5:30 PM

Saturday, August 13, 2022 at 9:00 AM

*If you do not see a time that works for your schedule, please kindly send an email to [email protected] to schedule your information session.

Open Houses

Coming soon.

Parent/Family Nights

Coming soon.

Noticias & Eventos

Information Sessions

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 6:30 PM

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 6:30 PM

*If you do not see a time that works for your schedule, please kindly send an email to [email protected] to schedule your information session.

Open Houses

Coming soon.

Parent/Family Nights

Coming soon.

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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Blazing Stars Montessori is a 501(c)3 nonprofit school so all donations are tax deductible.

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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.

Donaciones

Blazing Stars Montessori is a 501(c)3 nonprofit school so all donations are tax deductible.

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Board Members

Jake Cohen

Jake Cohen

Jake first fell in love with Montessori education in 2012 in Chicago where he was working as an actor and teaching artist. After he stumbled into an assistant role in a Montessori preschool, the radical pedagogy and child-honoring philosophy he observed completely altered his life path. 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, he was thrilled to partner with her as she embarked to establish Clover in Mt. Airy

Madeleine Nutting
Katelyn Shore
Katelyn Shore

Treasurer

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.

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Brittany Powell
Brittany Powell

Secretary

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.

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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.

Escuelas Wildflower

Blazing Stars Montessori School es miembro de la red de Escuelas Wildflower

Wildflower es un ecosistema de micro-escuelas Montessori descentralizadas que apoyan a niños, maestros y padres. Nuestras escuelas aspiran a darles a todos los niños y familias la oportunidad de elegir entornos de aprendizaje hermosos y de alta calidad a medida que siguen su viaje por la vida.

Sobre las Escuelas Wildflower

Wildflower es un ecosistema de micro escuelas Montessori descentralizadas que apoyan a niños, maestros y padres. Nuestras escuelas aspiran a dar a todos los niños y familias la oportunidad de elegir entornos de aprendizaje hermosos y de alta calidad a medida que siguen su viaje por la vida.

Nuestro objetivo es ser un experimento en un nuevo entorno de aprendizaje, difuminando los límites entre el hogar y la escuela, entre científicos y maestros, entre las escuelas y los vecindarios que los rodean. Nuestras escuelas son pequeñas y están dirigidas por maestros, con una profunda participación de los padres. En el núcleo de Wildflower existen 9 principios que definen el enfoque.

Nuestra red está respaldada por una fundación que trabaja para desarrollar capacidades, sistemas, herramientas e investiga para crecer y fortalecer la red.

Aprende más sobre nuestra historia.

Nuestros Principios

Nuestro objetivo es ser un experimento en un nuevo entorno de aprendizaje, difuminando los límites entre el hogar y la escuela, entre científicos y maestros, entre las escuelas y los vecindarios que los rodean. Nuestras escuelas son pequeñas y están dirigidas por maestros, con una profunda participación de los padres. En el núcleo de Wildflower existen 9 principios que definen el enfoque.

Lea sobre ellos aquí.

Nuestras Red

Después de que se creó la primera escuela Wildflower en enero de 2014, hubo un gran interés en la escuela y su enfoque. Este interés nos llevó a abrir el modelo y ayudar a otros grupos familiares y maestros líderes a crear nuevas escuelas Wildflower. Cada maestro líder en cada escuela Wildflower colabora en la junta de al menos otra escuela Wildflower, creando una comunidad de escuelas que están unidas por una filosofía compartida y una red de relaciones.

Vea nuestra red.