Upper Elementary

UPPER ELEMENTARY PHILIOSOPHY & STRUCTURE

  • THE ELEMENTARY CHILD HAS A DEVELOPMENTAL NEED TO ACQUIRE CULTURE AND TO KNOW THE REASON BEHIND THINGS. THE MONTESSORI ELEMENTARY PLAN CONSISTS OF A SPECIAL CURRICULUM AIMED AT TEACHING THE WHOLE HUMAN BEING, BUILDING A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY, AND CREATING INDEPENDENCE.

     

    Montessori Elementary Education opens immense fields of knowledge and satisfies the curiosity of the child as he discovers his connection to his world. This imaginative ability to grasp the whole generates an emotion of wonder and gratitude for large-scale diversity. The developmental need of the child to associate with others in an organized fashion is also met and enables him to broaden his concepts of the world.


    A Montessori elementary class is an environment abundant in mathematics, language, science, and cultural subjects. Children work in different capacities on different academic levels. Lessons are presented with drama and excitement. Technology and state-of-the-art information are available in the immediate environment. Students use time management skills as they execute their work plan throughout each week.

    The elementary-aged child is in a period of heightened social development, so he needs group experiences. Multi-age groupings mean more small-group options relative to ability and interest. They also mean maximizing the potential of each individual child in an environment that has a place for everyone, providing a profound sense of belonging.

     

MEET THE UPPER ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

Ms. Christina Miller, HEAD OF SCHOOL AND TEAM TEACHER, MATH AND GRAMMAR, UPPER ELEMENTARY 4TH AND 5TH GRADES

Phone: 352-375-6773

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Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Christina Miller, HEAD OF SCHOOL AND TEAM TEACHER, MATH AND GRAMMAR, UPPER ELEMENTARY 4TH AND 5TH GRADES

  • Founder/Owner of Millhopper Montessori School since 1977
  • B.A., Elementary Education, University of Florida
  • M.A. Ed., Curriculum Design, Antioch University
  • National Administrator Credential
  • Montessori Association of Florida Certification, Early Childhood
  • American Montessori Society Certification, Ages 6-9
  • American Montessori Society Certification, Ages 9-12
  • Department of Children and Families Directors Credential
  • Contributing writer of education articles for Gainesville TodayNeighbors, and Giggle magazines
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Hobbies: Traveling the world and boating Florida waterways
Ms. Susan Salvatore, ASSISTANT TEACHER

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Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Susan Salvatore, ASSISTANT TEACHER

  • University of Florida Alumni
  • Elementary 6-9 Montessori training
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Hobbies: reading and Gator sports
  • MMS Affiliation since 1977
Ms. Joanne McFarland, UPPER ELEMENTARY TEAM TEACHER, SCIENCE AND MATH; ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL ART TEACHER

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Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Joanne McFarland, UPPER ELEMENTARY TEAM TEACHER, SCIENCE AND MATH; ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL ART TEACHER

  • B.F.A., Creative Photography, University of Florida
  • Graduate Studies, Elementary Art Education, University of Florida
  • Montessori 6-12 Certification
  • Certified Teacher, State of Florida, K-6th
  • Certified Teacher, State of Florida, K-12th (Art)
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Hobbies: all forms of art and crafts, reading, knitting, baking
  • MMS Affiliation since 2013
Ms. Jennifer Kuntz, MEDIA SPECIALIST AND UPPER ELEMENTARY TEAM TEACHER, LANGUAGE ARTS

Phone: 352-375-6773

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Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Jennifer Kuntz, MEDIA SPECIALIST AND UPPER ELEMENTARY TEAM TEACHER, LANGUAGE ARTS

  • B.A., English, University of Florida
  • M.A., Library and Information Science, Florida State University
  • Former Systems Librarian, Florida Center for Library Automation
  • Former Head of Access Services, University of Florida Health Science Center Library
  • Certified Teacher, State of Florida, Education Media Specialist, PreK-12
  • Certified Teacher, State of Florida, English, 6th – 12th
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Hobbies: Girl Scout Troop Leader, reading, writing, traveling
  • MMS Affiliation since 2012

  • UPPER ELEMENTARY CLASS INFORMATION

UPPER ELEMENTARY AGE 9 – 11

  • Nine- to eleven-year-old students become more socially centered and explore the wider society outside of their families. In these relationships, they see and build a stronger sense of morality as they witness what society deems to be right and wrong. Concepts of fairness and justice are extremely important to include in lessons. Abstract thought has been well developed by this age, so students work with concrete materials less frequently. These materials are still available to aid students’ understanding of complex concepts.

    In upper elementary, the fourth and fifth grade students* mainly engage in subjects in their grade levels. Fourth graders take Florida History while fifth graders study US History. They stay in their grade levels for science, Spanish, literature and composition, and media. Fourth and fifth graders are combined for art, music, PE, and drama classes. Math groups are arranged by ability level rather than grade level. The team teachers plan and synchronize units of study across the curriculum.

    *Sixth grade students are placed in the middle school program because they are moving into the developmental stage of adolescence. They are not combined with the seventh and eighth graders in core subjects, but for art, music, PE, and drama.

    Learn more in our detailed curriculum guide.

  • Curriculum Guide