Our Faculty

Meet the staff and faculty at Bridges Montessori.

Our Administration

Sally Padgett
Head of School

Sally Padgett

Ms. Padgett grew up attending a small Montessori school in South Florida. After receiving Master’s degrees in Family Therapy and Business Administration from Barry University and Florida Atlantic University, her true calling was to put it all together at Bridges where her boys attend. Before joining Bridges in January of 2007, Ms. Padgett was a Mental Health and Marriage & Family Therapist and Marketing and Human Resource Coordinator.


Amber Resetar
Business Manager

Ms. Resetar received her B.B.A. in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University and became a Certified Public Accountant in 2005. Ms. Resetar is a former business owner of Sweet Repeats in Stuart and a mother of two Bridges students.

Valorie York
Office Administrator

Ms. Valorie York joined Bridges as a parent and Classroom Ambassador in 2008. Ms. York is an invaluable member of our administrative team and always has a smiling face at our front desk. Ms. York is passionate about children and skin care and is a licensed aesthetician.


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Infant & Toddler Faculty

Janet Shiller
Education Coordinator

Janet Schiller

Ms. Shiller has been an integral part of the Bridges family for over 2 decades! She began as our Infant and Toddler Directress in August of 1995 and hasn’t looked back since, currently serving as our Infant and Toddler Department Head. Ms. Shiller received her American Montessori Society Infant and Toddler Credential and has attended the Montessori Peace Education Academy. She has taken courses specifically on Interpersonal Behavior, Multiple Intelligences, Redirecting Children’s Behavior, and Conscious Discipline. Ms. Shiller’s five children have all attended Bridges, and she stated that “The education they received made a great impact on the way they learn and their enthusiasm for learning.”


Toddler Directress 


Lauren Willinger

Veronica Vergara

Aschlei Baker

Michelle Burton

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Primary Faculty

Allison Quick

Megan Zeller


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Elementary Faculty

Alyson Mann
Academic Dean, Elementary Directress

Alyson Manni

Ms. Mann has been with Bridges since it opened its doors in 1992. She began as our very first pre-primary directress. She later progressed to become our lead Junior Elementary Directress and is now Bridges’ Academic Dean and Elementary Directress. Before joining Bridges, Ms. Mann worked at Martin Downs Montessori and Summit Montessori. She is Montessori certified for birth-12, and is a member of the American Montessori Society. Ms. Mann grew up and received her training in Ireland. She enjoys sharing her culture with her students, especially Irish dancing.

Susan Lear

Elementary and Middle School Directress

Susan Lear

Ms. Lear came to us from across the globe; moving to the United States in 1998 from Hungary. She began at Bridges as a Pre-Primary Directress in August of 2003, and previously was an Elementary Assistant at Turtle River Montessori and a Substitute Teacher at Palm Beach County Elementary Schools. Ms. Lear has her Associate’s of Art degree and her AMS Early Childhood Degree from Palm Beach Community College, an her Exceptional Student Education Degree from Florida Atlantic University. While not at Bridges, Ms. Lear is passionate about exercise and traveling.


Kyle Koho

Sarrah Harlan

Senior Elementary/Middle School Faculty

Krissy Jackson

Yoly Fernandez

Noel Griffith

Karen Shipper - PE Teacher

Karen Shipperi

Ms. Shipper joined Bridges in August 2008, and has served as our PE Teacher. She received her Bachelor’s in Communication/Journalism from the University of Shippensburg, and her Master’s in Exercise Physiology from the University of Central Florida. Ms. Shipper is certified with the American Heart Association and has her Florida Teacher’s Certification for K-6. Ms. Shipper incorporates activity into all areas of her life — boating, running around Disney World, or on the PE field. She enjoys being close to her daughter who graduated from Bridges.


Dara Gyorko - Art Teacher

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