Teachers of Montessori



Email Stacey Izer

Mrs. Stacey Izer has been working at The Montessori Learning Center for over 25 years. Currently she is the Director as well as the lead Kindergarten teacher.

Mrs. Izer is a long time resident of Fort Walton Beach. After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Child Development, she returned to her hometown where she now lives with her husband Kelly, her daughter McKenzie, and son Jake.

A quote from Mrs. Stacey Izer:

“I believe that children learn in unique ways. I also feel to effectively teach a child we must use a 3 person approach: student, parent, and teacher. I believe that it’s my responsiblity to be honest with you about your child’s needs, and to encourage them to reach their highest potential. I am energetic and eager and look forward to working with you and your child.”

Montessori Learning Center of Fort Walton Beach, Inc.

2001- 2017
Kindergarten Teacher / Director
Montessori Learning Center of Fort Walton Beach, Inc.

Instructor of Language and Pre-writing skills And Practical Life
Montessori Learning Center of Fort Walton Beach, Inc.

Bachelor of Science- April 1992
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Major: Child Development

Associate of Arts- April 1990
Okaloosa- Walton Community College, Niceville, FL



Email Connie Barker

Mrs. Connie Barker has been teaching at Montessori Learning Center for 24 years. Her focus is introducing students to numbers, math, shapes, colors and geography.

Mrs. Barker is an Alabama native and comes from a rather large family with 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Although her family is scattered throughout Alabama, they remain very close. When they get together it is one big family reunion. She and her husband Richard have been married for 22 years. They enjoy spending time with their family, cat and friends as well as camping and traveling.

A quote from Mrs. Connie Barker:

“Over the past 14 years, while teaching at Montessori, I’ve enjoyed watching little minds at work, absorbing everything we give them. Each day is a new day and something new to learn for me and the child. Given the opportunity and a good foundation I believe that learning will always come easier in the years to come.”

1993 – Present
Instructor of Colors, Shapes, and Sensorial Skills
The Montessori Learning Center of Fort Walton Beach, Inc.

1988 – 1993
Bridgeway Center of Fort Walton Beach
Specialized Children and Family Services

Clay County High School – Graduated June 1972, Ashland, AL
Certified in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention



Email Lois Peters

Mrs. Lois Peters has been teaching at the Montessori Learning Center for 16 years. She is currently the Kindergarten teacher. 

Originally from Rome, N.Y, she and her husband, Tom, have been married for 16 years and have lived in Okaloosa County for the past 8 years with their 3 children. Her hobbies include reading and camping. Her philosophy of educations is simple, “Education begins at home.”  She feels education is a shared responsibility of parent and teacher. She believes that every child can learn, given opportunities to use their strengths and given assistance to strengthen weakness.

A quote from Mrs. Lois Peters:

“It is a true joy to get up and go to the school every day as a part of program that is so dedicated to helping each and every student to reach his or her highest potential.”

April 1988-May 1990
Pre-K Teachers Assistant, Y.M.C.A. Rome N.Y.

November 2000-August 2002
Pre-K Teachers Assistant, Trinity United Methodist, Fort Walton Beach FL

August 2002-May 2003
Pre-K Teacher, Trinity United Methodist, Fort Walton Beach FL

Aug 2004-May 2017
Instructor for language, letters, and reading development, Pre-K4
Montessori Learning Center of Fort Walton Beach, Inc.

May 2017- Present
Kindergarten Teacher
Montessori Learning Center of Fort Walton Beach, Inc.


Okaloosa Walton Community College, received Child Development Associate, April 2003
Mohawk Valley Community College, January 1989

Introduction to General Psychology, Teachers Assistant, Early Childhood Profession
Behavioral Observation and screening, May 2001
First Aid November 2001
Building Relationships with Children, February 2002
Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young children August 2002
Adult/Pediatric CPR August 2002

Montessori Certification – 2015




Email Amy Winslette
Mrs. Winslette is in her 3rd year of teaching at Montessori Learning Center. She is currently the Lower Elementary teacher.  

Mrs. Winslette grew up on a working family farm in Iowa where she and her brothers had many adventures and learned valuable life lessons. After graduation from the University of Northern Iowa, she began her career in retail management. Her career with J.Crew and Coach brought her to Florida where she found her calling for education. It is also where she met her husband Dale, a native of Fort Walton Beach. They have been married for 18 years and have two boys, Wyatt and Jesse, with whom they enjoy their hobbies of beach going, watching football, fishing, and enjoying each other’s company. 

A quote from Mrs. Amy Winslette:

“Reaching a child through several different approaches in terms of teaching new skills, then seeing their eyes light up when they master that skill, is so gratifying as a teacher.”


Lower Elementary Teacher
Montessori Learning Center of Fort Walton Beach, Inc

2003- 2017
Instructor for language, letters, and reading development, Pre-K4
Montessori Learning Center of Fort Walton Beach, Inc.

Long Term/Full-Time Substitute Teacher
Liza Jackson Preparatory School, Fort Walton Beach FL  

Retail Management/Trainer

Bachelor of Arts-1987
University of Northern Iowa

Certification- 2013
Appropriate Practices for Preschool
Early Childhood Literacy
Child Growth and Development

Montessori Certification- 2017
Lower Elementary Ages




Email Jennifer Muscato

Mrs. Muscato has been teaching at the Montessori Learning Center for the better part of 8 years. She is currently the Pre-K4 teacher for language, letters, & reading development.

Mrs. Muscato is an active-duty military spouse to her husband of over 14 years, supporting him in his military career and raising their two children. Her hobbies include travel, running, and supporting the arts.

A quote from Mrs. Muscato:

“I believe children thrive in a loving, secure, and stimulating environment. It is my passion to provide that to my students.”

2009- Present
Instructor for arts and sciences, Pre-K4
Montessori Learning Center of Fort Walton Beach, Inc.

Bachelor of Arts-2016
University of Central Florida

Montessori Certification- 2017



Email Amber Jankowski

Committed and dedicated 9+ years of leadership, management, and clinical experience in the US Air Force Dental Service health care.
Current Department of Defense (DoD) Secret Security Clearance.
Awarded early promotion for leadership skills, teamwork, dedication, and selfless service.
Knowledgeable instructor/speaker. Provided briefings and training for dental assisting students and ancillary personnel.
President of the squadron booster club.
Received Airman of the Quarter 4 times, awarded Non-Commissioned officer of the Year award 2009.


Pre-Kindergarten 4 Teacher, Montessori Learning Center (2017-present)

Camp Counselor, Pullum YMCA, Navarre FL (2017-present)

Substitute Teacher, Montessori Learning Center (2016-2017)

Dental Assistant, TDB Communications, Eglin AFB, FL (2015)

Dental Assistant, U.S. Air Force, Eglin AFB, FL (2006-2015)


FL Department of Children and Families 55 hrs (2016-2017)

Bachelors of Science (Social Work) (In progress)

Associates of Art (NWFSC) (2016)

Community College of the Air Force Associates (2009)

High School Graduate (2001)

Basic Military Training Graduate (2005)