Alegria Montessori School Director
Sara Madle is the founder and director of Alegria Montessori School. She has 20 years of teaching experience with both Montessori and English as a Second Language (ESOL). Her experience includes working with children and adults, in both private and public schools, from Washington DC to Hawaii to St. Petersburg. Sara has a BA in Spanish/Latin American Studies from American University in Washington DC, along with her Preprimary 3-6 Montessori certification from Chaminade University. Sara later completed her ESOL endorsement and MA in Reading through the University of South Florida. Finally, Sara completed her Specialist (EdS) degree in Montessori Elementary Education through Barry University. Sara is married to Ali, who is from England, and has three wonderful children, Austin, Kiana, and Sophie.
Stephanie has been at Alegria Montessori since 2013. She has been working in Montessori education for over a decade and holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.Ed. in Montessori Interdisciplinary Studies. Stephanie also has her AMS certifications for Elementary I and Administration and is currently finishing her Elementary II certification. Stephanie lives with her husband, Mark and two sons, Zachary and Benjamin, who attend Alegria.
Lakewood Campus Director
Tanya Rotter has worked at Alegria since 2006. She is currently the lead teacher and site director at our Alegria Lakewood campus. Before coming to Alegria, Tanya taught in a traditional school in Kentucky for 8 years, working with children from 1 to 12 years of age. Tanya obtained her Associate’s Degree in Child Development at Eckerd College and earned an Infant/Toddler Montessori teaching credential from Palm Harbor Montessori Teacher Education Center.