Ms. Amy has worked in education, in numerous capacities, for 20 years. She has her Bachelor’s degrees in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education, with a minor in psychology and a certificate in Gifted Education. In 2010 she went on to earn her Juris Doctorate and later founded Forget Me Not Advocacy Group, the parent of Owl Note Educational Services and Jupiter Learning Community. Amy has taught elementary and middle school, English as a Second Language, was a Director of Education, Center Director, and Area Director at Sylvan Learning Center, and has spent years working in curriculum development. Amy’s dream has always been to run a school where children can blossom and get the tools they need to lead happy and healthy lives. JLC is the expression of the dream and she is thrilled to get to share it with our Palm Beach community.
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out!”
Ms. Michelle holds degrees in Early Childhood Education and Communications, and is currently finishing up a Bachelor’s in Human Development. With a background in Montessori Education, Michelle has worked for 20 years as both a teacher and Director/Education Coordinator. She has taught preschool through primary (1st/2nd grade) in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Florida. Before becoming a mother, she worked with 2-6 year old’s at Turtle River Montessori. Michelle loves teaching and is excited to get back to the classroom saying that teaching kids keeps her feeling young! She loves teaching her little ones independence and life skills.
“Popcorn is prepared in the same pot, in the same heat, in the same oil, but it doesn’t all pop at the same time. Don’t compare your child to others. Their time to pop is coming.”
Math & Science
Ms. Christy is returning this year to continue as our math and science teacher! Ms. Christy literally loves everything about teaching, but her favorite subject remains math. She holds multiple degrees, with a Bachelor’s in Marketing, a Juris Doctorate, a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning, and she is currently pursuing her PhD in Learning Science. In all of this, she has been teaching for ten years in grades 2nd through 12th at Oxbridge Academy, American Heritage, JLC, and as a private tutor. Ms. Christy encompasses the JLC philosophy, treating each child as an individual.
“The most important attitude that can be formed is that of a desire to go on learning.”
Language Arts & Social Studies
Please welcome Ms. Desi Scianno! Ms. Desi will be joining JLC this year teaching Language Arts and Social Studies. Ms. Desi loves to learn and is always learning from her students. She enjoys watching everyone’s lives expand with knowledge. Ms. Desi earned her Bachelors in Education and a Masters in Counseling, with years of experience teaching 1st through 8th, as well as working as a high school Guidance Counselor. She loves to teach creatively and truly believes that we find our way in this world through learning. Ms. Desi is a whirlwind of positivity and encouragement and we are honored to welcome her to our community!
“There’s no $ sign on peace of mind. This I’ve come to know.”
Zac Brown Band
Ms. Allyson will be coming back to JLC this year as our Writing Workshop teacher, working with intermediate students to strengthen their writing skills in all genres. Ms. Allyson attended The University of Central Florida and majored in English with a specialty in Creative Writing.
She spent 12 years working in the public school system in Central Florida as a high school and middle school English teacher, teaching differing levels including AP, IB, and AICE classes.
In 2016, Allyson moved to South Florida to help care for her parents. She has always remained in the education field and did contract work for Coastal Middle and High School and has been contracted as a private tutor. Most recently, she worked for herself as an educational consultant within her own practice, Ally Educational Consulting.
She loves teaching English and Writing as it is a lifelong skill and helps immensely with communication. Ms. Allyson also loves to see students expand their vocabulary and create imagery and descriptive experiences.
Ms. Allyson believes, “Our kids are exposed to so much visually that I have seen a decline in the written word. I am excited to focus on student’s self expression through various techniques.”
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Art & Nature
Ms. Brenda has been a staple at JLC since it was simply an idea. She started her career and retired from Busch Wildlife Center in the Jr. Naturalist Program, where she led story time and conducted educational tours for 17 years. Brenda currently teaches art and nature classes across Jupiter, guiding and motivating children and adults to get outside and explore the magic in the world around them through hands on art projects. Brenda is certified in Project Wild and believes no child should be left inside. Brenda currently teaches classes for all ages at local wildlife and nature centers, homeschool groups, and at Jupiter Learning Community.
Mr. Michael is a life-long musician and a child at heart! Michael writes, produces, and masters music in numerous genres (electronic, rock, ambient). He is also an avid drummer and student of West African rhythms, plays guitar, bass, ukulele, didgeridoo, keyboard, and synth. Mr. Michael loves sharing his passion for music with his students.
“Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try.”
Yoga & Mindfulness and Growth Mindset
Ms. Sarah has been teaching Yoga, Mindfulness, and Meditation for 14 yrs, receiving her advanced certification from Kailash Tribal Yoga School in McLeod Ganj, India. Sarah teaches students of all ages but loves sharing the practices of yoga and mindfulness with children (and families) because it gives them tools to manage big emotions at a young age. Another favorite part of teaching kids is how much they teach her! Prior to becoming a Yoga teacher, Sarah studied Acting at Southern Methodist University and is very excited to revisit that passion by offering a Theatre class at Jupiter Learning Community.
“Love what you do; do what you love.”
Wayne W. Dyer.