Dear CJM Families and Friends,

We are excited to announce Ms. Aurielle McKnight-Hollinger will be joining the Cypress Junction Montessori team as Principal, starting in the role effective July 1, 2020. Ms. Hollinger has spent the last five years leading Montessori schools in an administrative position and we are excited to welcome her expertise and passion into our community. With over 15 years’ experience in education, her breadth of knowledge spans many aspects of the field that will support our continued growth and strengthen our culture of Montessori integrity. Ms. Hollinger has watched CJM grow from the ground up and is familiar with the community we have built over the last four years. She echoes our definition of community and we are truly excited about the impact she will bring for years to come.

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Hollinger to the Cypress Junction family! She is eager to meet all of you this summer as we move forward to further strengthen the foundation CJM was built upon.


“Greetings CJM Families! I am a passionate educator whose leadership approach is deeply rooted in the global, collaborative, and facilitative nature of the Montessori pedagogy. I am best described as professional and personable, meticulous and magical. I have more than 15 years of teaching and administrative experience, including 5 years as an Administrator. Prior to coming to Cypress Junction Montessori, I served as Assistant Director at Millhopper Montessori School in Gainesville, Florida, and Director of Education at Magnolia Montessori Academy in Lakeland, Florida.

My passion for Montessori education developed after enrolling my son in a local Montessori school when he was 3 years old. I was immediately intrigued. Being introduced to the philosophy was “life- changing”. I began to study and train through an AMS accredited institution and became MACTE certified in Primary 3-6. I have spent most of my years in early childhood education. I attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Education, and Nova Southeastern University where I graduated with a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership. Currently, I am pursuing my Doctorate of Education degree in Leadership and Innovation at St. Thomas University. In addition to my professional ties to Montessori, my husband and I are proud parents of four Montessori-educated children. In my spare time, I enjoy theme parks, baking and spending time with my family. I look forward to meeting each of you.”

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Cypress Junction Montessori encourages the development of the whole child by providing a comprehensive Montessori education.

We do this through:

  • Cultivating independent thought, foundational skills, awareness of their environment, empathy for others, social ease, and high self-esteem in every student.
  • Establishing within each child the intellectual, emotional, and physical rigor needed to become a self directed learner, flexible thinker, and creative problem solver.
  • Supporting each student’s ever-increasing curiosity about the world in which they live.
  • Instilling the values and skills necessary to help our students to grow up to be successful global citizens.
  • Bringing academic standards and student passions together to fuel a desire to learn.

Cypress Junction Montessori sets children on a path that embraces creativity, builds self awareness and helps them develop the academic skills, physical tools and personal confidence necessary for lifelong success.

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