CJM Families and Friends,

Happy July! By now most of you have heard Secondary Guide Mrs. Pagan will not be returning for the 2018-2019 school year. While this is truly a loss for our Secondary community, we wish her all the best in the upcoming year as she moves forward with the best interest of her family at her core. We certainly will miss you Mrs. Pagan!

At the heels of this announcement we’d also like to share with you some exciting news about our newest staff member who will be joining Mr. Stimac in our Secondary community this year. Ms. Foster brings a wealth of knowledge in many different curriculum areas that we are excited to see blossom in the Montessori environment. See below for a message from Ms. Foster.

Kimberly-Jo Foster

Secondary Guide (7th – 8th Grade)

“Hello Everyone! I was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia. While enrolled in college, I worked as an assistant teacher at two private Montessori schools in the Northern Virginia/D.C. Metro Area. These experiences are what lead to my love of the Montessori Method and influenced my decision to become an educator. I moved to Polk County in 2010 where I worked at Winter Haven Montessori until I was hired by the Polk County School Board. I have taught English, Algebra 1, World History, U.S. History, and Civics at the Secondary Level during my career with PCSB. I was recognized as one of the Best and Brightest teachers in Florida last year. I have a Master’s in Educational Psychology, which focuses on how students learn. I was part of the CJM founding group during the early stages of developing a Montessori charter school in Winter Haven. I live in Auburndale with my husband Duane and our two children, Liam (6) and Lorelai (2). I am hoping they will be part of the CJM family soon too. I am excited to begin this new chapter of my career and life by joining the community at Cypress Junction Montessori.”