Montessori Education from Lake Mary Montessori


Sheila and Scott Linville

Sheila Linville
Founder and Executive Director

Born in a small  community in Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey, Sheila is a graduate of Centenary College, an all women’s school, where she graduated with a B.S. in Communications and Development. Sheila subsequently graduated from the Orlando Montessori Teacher Education Institute then earned her Masters of Art in Teaching from Rollins College in 1998. In 2005 she graduated from The Florida Institute of Montessori Studies. Sheila is a certified teacher in both Primary and Elementary education through the American Montessori Society.

Sheila’s lifelong dream was to open a school and share her passion for teaching children to become responsible, kind, passionate, and independent learners. She delights in creating a community of families. The school is truly her vision come true.

She, her husband, and two sons, Mitchell and Aidan love living in Central Florida.  Sheila enjoys yoga, reading, walking, cooking and spending time with her family.

Scott Linville
Founder and Executive Director

Scott is a Hoosier from the great state of Indiana by birth, but has resided in the greater Orlando area since the day Disney World opened its doors in the early ‘70s.  Scott graduated Cum Laude from Rollins College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Marketing.  Following placements with Marriott Hotels and American Airlines in marketing positions, Scott returned to Central Florida in 1990 to become a part of the Office of Admission at Rollins.  At Rollins, Scott held the position of Associate Director of Admission and Director of International Admission for the College of Arts and Sciences.  He was responsible for coordinating the enrollment of 425 freshmen each year, 40 of which were from outside the United States. He observed many Montessori campuses from Boston and Washington, D.C., to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Geneva, Switzerland.  This exposure allowed him to conceptualize how LMMA would one day grow.  In 1998, while at Rollins, he received his M.A. in K-12 School Counseling.

Although Scott had been working behind the scenes for many years, he officially joined LMMA in 2001. In addition to Human Resources, he oversees the School’s operating budget, Annual Fund budget, and as Communications Director, coordinates marketing and advertising for LMMA.



All Lake Mary Montessori Academy students are required to wear uniforms purchased from Lands’ End.

The following is a direct link to that will bring you to the Lake Mary Montessori Academy welcome page. There you can locate a Sears close to you, where you may go and try items on for sizing.


2019 – 2020

  Uniforms: All children are required to wear school uniforms purchased from Land’s End at (Preferred school #9001-3634-2).

    1. Boys – Khaki or navy shorts or pants and LMMA polo shirts or t-shirts in forest green or light blue.
    2. Girls – Khaki or navy shorts, pants or skorts and LMMA polo shirts or t-shirts in forest green, light blue or white. Plaid skorts and jumpers are also available. Khaki, navy, light blue, white, or black leggings or tights may be worn under jumpers and skorts.        
    3. Outerwear: Navy blue or forest green sweatshirts may be worn throughout the day, with a uniform shirt underneath. Non-uniform coats or jackets may be worn to school and on the playground.      
    4. Accessories: One of the purposes of a school uniform policy is to take the emphasis off the clothing worn by the children and place it on the learning taking place in the classroom. With this in mind, hair accessories should be understated and consistent with the uniform colors. Due to safety concerns, no hoop earrings, bracelets or necklaces should be worn to school. Small stud earrings and a watch are appropriate. Upper Elementary girls should not wear any makeup to school. Girls may only wear hair headbands or hair accessories that match the colors of the uniform (i.e. khaki, navy, light blue, white, forest green, or black). Headbands must be plain with no ornamentation.            
    5. Spirit Day: On Fridays, students may wear the LMMA t-shirt with uniform shorts, skort or long pants. Spirit shirts are available at the beginning of the school year in the office.          
    6. Birthday Celebration Day: On the day that a child celebrates his/her birthday with his/her class, he/she may wear non-uniform clothing to school. The clothing selected on this day should be appropriate for usual school activities, such as outdoor play and art.           
    7. Shoes: Comfortable sneakers or closed toed shoes are best. Socks must be worn as well. No sandals, flip flops etc. They are not appropriate for the playground, sports court or field. If a child arrives at school in improper shoes, the parents will be called to bring appropriate shoes to school.

                  Names should be clearly marked on all clothing, particularly          


Please remember to send in an extra set of clothes for primary children (it does not need to be a uniform set) with underwear and socks in a marked Ziploc bag. We keep this on hand in case of a bathroom emergency.

Uniform Compliance
Students are expected to be in uniform each day without exception. The parents will be notified to bring an appropriate uniform when a student arrives for class out of uniform. The school requests full parental support of the uniform policy.       Uniform violations will be reported to the office. For the first violation, a written notice will be sent home. For a second violation, the teacher will speak to the parents. For a third violation, a brief conference will be scheduled with the parents to discuss a solution. 


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The Parent Volunteer Organization’s Mission

To develop and cultivate relationships among the children, teachers, faculty, and parent(s) that will provide the opportunity to model and teach universal values to include:  self-respect, respect for others, honesty, integrity, responsibility, empathy, compassion, kindness, peacefulness, concern for others, warmth and love.

On behalf of the Faculty and Staff at LMMA, we thank you for your continued support.

Please contact Sheila to schedule a training and / or to sign up for events.




Primary Program

Practical Life
There are exercises in practical life skills (developing concentration, independence, fine motor control and co-ordination), sensorial development (refinement of the senses), math, language, geography, history and science (intellectual growth), art and music (creative and aesthetic development), the book corner (for enjoyment, growth in appreciation, relaxation, information), group activities (social skill development through experience), and outside activities (physical development).

Sensorial Exercises
The sensorial materials in the Lake Mary Montessori Academy classroom help children to distinguish, categorize and relate to new information in a way they already know. Children learn through touching, smelling, seeing, tasting and exploring. Our program provides projects that allow children to learn through all of their senses – while adding in fun and laughter!

It is proven that if children are exposed to mathematic materials in their early years, they can easily assimilate many facts and skills of arithmetic. These same skills are harder to achieve if introduced later in a child’s development. Children in Lake Mary Montessori Academy never sit down to memorize addition, subtraction and multiplication tables. They instead learn to perform these operations with concrete materials – such as blocks, number rods and beads.

Language Arts
Children learn the phonetic sounds of letters before they learn alphabetical names. Even simple rhymes, games and conversations with friends can help develop a child’s language skills. Reading instruction begins on the day a child wants to know what a word says or when he shows interest in a Montessori activity using sandpaper letters. Children are encouraged to explore books for answers to their own questions.

Reading and Mathematics
In addition to the basic Montessori materials, exercises and activities that were specifically designed to foster growth in these areas, there are many other opportunities each day to develop reading and math skills where children learn naturally and easily (e.g. ‘reading’ the snack menu, counting activities at grouptime, cooking projects – following a recipe, and so on).

Large wooden puzzle maps are among the most popular activities in the classroom. At first, the children use the maps simply as a puzzle. Gradually, they learn the names of the continents, then countries.

Cultural Awareness & Foreign Language
The children gain an awareness of the world around them by exploring other countries, their customs, food, music, climate, language and animals. Spanish is taught even to the youngest child Arts and Crafts Art in the school environment strives to maintain the joy a child finds in creating something of his or her own. Children have the freedom to explore their imaginations with a variety of materials used for expression.

Music and Creative Movement
Movement and dramatic programs are an ongoing flexible process that integrates music into the program. Children sing songs, play instruments like bells and dress up just to name a few.

Science and Nature
In science, the children’s natural curiosity is stimulated through discovery projects and experiments, helping the children draw their own conclusions. Plants and animals are studied to foster a love and appreciation for living things.

About Us

About Lake Mary Montessori

Lake Mary Montessori is located in Lake Mary Florida and serves Lake Mary, Sanford, Heathrow and Altamonte Springs Florida.

The Mission of Lake Mary Montessori Academy is to:

* Inspire a passion for excellence
* Nurture the curiosity, creativity and imagination born within us all
* Awaken the human spirit of every child

Four Pillars of Our Montessori Program

    1.  The cultivation within our students of passion for excellence in everything they do, both inside and outside of school.
    1.  The development of a strongly held set of universal values, which include self-respect, respect of others, honesty, integrity, responsibility, empathy, compassion, kindness, peacefulness, a sense of concern for others, warmth, and a love of community.
    1. The development of a global perspective and a sense of international understanding.
    1. A lifelong commitment to give something back through service to others who are in need.