AMelia Island Montessori School Faculty

AIMS attracts top talent from around the country. What these educators and administrators have in common is a dedication to the classroom, to the vitality of the school, and to the Montessori philosophy. Come meet these kind ambassadors to the school.



  • TODDLER

    sue hildebrand


    BS Special Education- Indianan State University

    Certificate- Deaf & Blind Facilitator

    Certificate- Behavior Interventionist

    Joined AIMS in 2012

  • toddler

    sarah mayes


  • toddler

    lisa mohn


  • toddler

    victoria smith

    BA Art- Fort Hays State University

    Resources for Infant Educators (RIE-1)

    Montessori Certification (Toddler)- Village Montessori Teacher Training Center (MACTE)

    State of Florida Teaching Certificate

    Joined AIMS in 2015

  • toddler

    linda wyler

    MA School Counseling- Southwest University

    BS Adventure Therapy- Unity College

    Joined AIMS in 2017

  • primary

    sandra ara

    El Camino College

    Montessori Certification (Primary)- ICS Montessori Training

    Montessori Certification (Elementary I)- Santa Monica Montessori Institute

    Joined AIMS in 2016

  • primary

    tania castro


  • primary

    sierra goltry


  • primary

    krystal lawnick


  • primary

    kati mcclurg

    BS Early Childhood Education- University of Wisconsin, Stout

    Montessori Certification (Primary)- Summit-Questa Teacher Training Institute (MACTE)

    State of Florida Teaching Certificate

    Joined AIMS in 2016

  • primary

    brittney wilson


  • lower elementary

    debbie hodson

    Debbie Hodsdon

    BA Music- Virginia Intermont College

    Montessori Certification (Elementary I & II)- North Carolina Center for Montessori Teacher Education(MACTE)

    Joined AIMS in 2012

  • lower elementary

    kim philo

    BA Psychology- Florida State University

    Joined AIMS in 2012 (AIMS parent for 16 years)

  • upper elementary

    deedee neal

    AS Behavioral Science- Georgia Military College

    BS Interdisciplinary Studies- Western Governors University

    Montessori Certification (Elementary I & II)- Seacoast Montessori Teacher Education Center (MACTE)

    Montessori Certification (Toddler/Primary)- North American Montessori Training Center

    State of Florida Teaching Certificate

    Joined AIMS in 2010

  • upper elementary

    beth perkins

    AS Fashion Merchandising- Centenary University

    Joined AIMS in 2014

  • upper elementary

    shannon philo

    BA English- Florida State University

    Joined AIMS in 2016

  • middle school

    edie blankenberg

    BA Education- University of Florida

    State of Florida Teaching Certificate

    Joined AIMS in 2016

  • after-school program

    jennifer declementi

    BA Elementary Education- University of North Florida

    Certificate- ESOL, ESE

    State of Florida Teaching Certificate

    Joined AIMS in 2017

  • after-school program

    adam dodds

    University of Delaware

    Joined AIMS in 2017

  • specials

    Music – Abigail Poirer

    Art- Victoria Smith

    Library & Media- Rebecca Ayers

    Physical Education- Renaissance Youth LLC

    STEM- Adam Dodds

    Spanish- Tania Castro