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Staff Members

Mrs. Kianí Richardson

Director & Owner
0-3 Montessori Credentialed NAMC
3-6 Montessori Credentialed MACTE
Staff DCF Credentialed
Director DCF Credentialed
BA Math, Minor in Education
AMS Member

Director Navarre Montessori Academy

Ms. Kiani is the mother of two boys. She was born and raised in the gorgeous and warm weathered Caribbean Island, Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in Math Teaching and is a member of the prestigious Golden Key International Honour Society.

She started getting her experience teaching algebra, geometry, and trigonometry for middle, high school, and college students in 2007 until 2016 when she decides to open her own school. During her college years, she researched the differences between the Montessori method and the traditional method of education. She has observed 10+ different Montessori environments and worked in different Montessori Schools. She is a trained 0-3 Montessori Teacher with North America Montessori Center and 3-6 Montessori MACTE credentialed. 

She has proudly worked hard for the Navarre community to have the best Montessori school, making sure the families received a real Montessori experience.



Ms. Ivia Santiago

Toddler Lead Teacher
Assistant Director
0-3 AMS Montessori Certified Teacher
Bilingual Teacher
BA in Elementary Education 
Staff DCF Credentialed
AMS Member

Toddlers Navarre Montessori Academy

Ms. Ivia Santiago is a passionate teacher who joined Navarre Montessori Academy in 2021.  Originally from Puerto Rico, she has lived in Florida for 20+ years.  Eighteen of the years have been in the field of education while 10+ have been in Montessori.  Her experiences include private, preschool, Montessori 0-3, and traditional public education in grades K-8th. Mrs. Ivia holds the AMS Montessori Credentials for 0-3 years old.


Ms. Maria Araujo, MBA

School Book Manager

navarre montessori acountant

Ms. Maria Araujo 


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