Director, Head of School

Melanie Robbins, M.Ed. - Montessori Integrative Learning 6-12 Melanie is head of school and lead lower elementary teacher. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and a M.Ed in Montessori Education. Melanie is certified by the Department of Children and Families. She is also CPR/First Aid certified. Melanie has a keen interest in transformative and integrative learning within the context of Dr. Montessori's pedagogy.  Melanie's master's thesis entitled, "An Awakening into Macrophase Wisdom" explores Montessori education within an eco-cosmological framework and an autopoietic learning community.  Laniakea Montessori School was founded with a heart and mission to guide children in the spirit of humility, love and observation so they might connect with their higher calling, and their sense of purpose.  Melanie is a mom to Sage and Kelltin and a step-mom, friend and guide to Mason and Van. 

Melanie Robbins, M.Ed. - Montessori Integrative Learning 6-12

Melanie is head of school and lead lower elementary teacher. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and a M.Ed in Montessori Education. Melanie is certified by the Department of Children and Families. She is also CPR/First Aid certified. Melanie has a keen interest in transformative and integrative learning within the context of Dr. Montessori's pedagogy. 

Melanie's master's thesis entitled, "An Awakening into Macrophase Wisdom" explores Montessori education within an eco-cosmological framework and an autopoietic learning community. 

Laniakea Montessori School was founded with a heart and mission to guide children in the spirit of humility, love and observation so they might connect with their higher calling, and their sense of purpose. 

Melanie is a mom to Sage and Kelltin and a step-mom, friend and guide to Mason and Van. 

Primary Lead Teacher

Erin Sorel has taught in Montessori schools for the past 15 years, working with children of preschool age through Middle School.  Erin holds a B.A. in Spanish Education from University of Florida, the Pathways to Teaching (K-12) minor, and has earned the Montessori 6-12 certification from Center for Guided Montessori Studies.  Erin is passionate about nature and also spent some years working for the Nature Operations Division of the City of Gainesville, where she developed and taught nature-based field trip and camp programs to children in the Gainesville community.  Erin enjoys hiking, the springs, gardening, and spending time with her family.  She has 3 children, ages 9, 11, and 13.

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