What our Families Say

Our daughter attended First Montessori Academy for two years before starting at Pine View School. Thanks to the individualized and incredibly high-quality education that she received at FMA, she was not only able to be admitted to Pine View but is thriving there and just made all A’s on her last report card!

 In addition to an outstanding educational experience, FMA also instilled Christian values and many valuable life skills  that continue to serve and guide her as she develops as a person.

 Our younger son also continues to attend FMA and we couldn’t be more pleased with his educational experience as well. Now in his final year of preschool, we can really see his desire to learn taking off as he’s becoming more excited at his own progress in beginning to read larger words and sentences and completing more advanced math work.

 I highly recommend that other parents of preschool and elementary aged children consider First Montessori Academy for their children as well!

-Thanks, JB

First Montessori has been such a positive and supportive school for our children to absolutely thrive in. Our children feel safe, encouraged and confident. As parents in today’s world, we feel beyond blessed. A heartfelt thank you for the dedication and enthusiam to all of the teachers and the entire community of families of the school.

– Big hugs and lots of love from the Sheridans

We moved to the Sarasota area from Missouri during the summer of 2022. Our kids had to navigate a lot of change in a very short amount of time. We’re so grateful that God opened the doors for our older kids to attend First Montessori Academy this past year. It has been such an incredible blessing to our family.

Our oldest child started the program without any real experience in reading beyond recognizing letters of the alphabet. We were concerned that he would be so behind in the program. However, the incredible staff of FMA poured into him right away. Within weeks we saw such amazing improvement. By the holidays, he was reading us pages each day from his “readers” and saw each one as an exciting challenge to master. Today, he sat in our kitchen and read a chapter out loud to the entire family. I cannot believe how much he has grown in just nine months. During “Moms and Muffins” I got the chance to see him in action. I was absolutely blown away by how much math he was able to do at such a young age. He has even taken up cursive writing… something I didn’t learn until the 3rd grade!

Our second child started the program along with our son this past year. She has become so independent and curious, seeing everyday life as opportunities for growth in her knowledge of the world. She has been asking questions that I wouldn’t imagine many of our four year olds could articulate, but because of her environment each day at FMA, she has grown not only academically, but socially and emotionally. I love seeing her take on more responsibility at home because of what has been expected of her at school. I cannot wait to see how she advances in the years to come!

For many of us parents, the education of our children and the environment in which they will learn weighs on us heavily, especially because of the world we live in today. The fact that my children are able to attend such a loving environment where they are also receiving top quality education is not something we take for granted. We are forever grateful for the impact FMA has made on our family!

– From the Bottom of our Hearts, the West Family

We are so incredibly grateful for the love, commitment and passion that our FMA teachers show our girls each day!

Watching this school blossom into a special community of lifelong friendships for the children and adults is priceless. Even more priceless is witnessing all the childrens’ curiosity and love of learning flourish.

FMA and their dedicated teachers are laying the critical foundation, during the most critical years of a child’s education, for vibrant lifelong learning!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this year and each year so special!

– Love the Zieglers

As parents we couldn’t be prouder of the growth we have witnessed in our children. First Montessori Academy has nurtured their love for learning, fostered their creativity and helped them become confident, well-rounded individuals. We have no doubt that the strong foundation they have received here will pave the way for a brighter future. We extend our deepest gratitude to First Montessori Academy for the increased education and spirtual growth our children have experienced. They are truly blessed to be a part of this faith-based academic community. We wholeheartedly recommend First Montessory Academy to any family seeking a nurturing and expectional educational journey.

– With All the Love in the World, the Grason Family

First Montessori has been a true blessing to our family the past two years. While our two children are very different, the educational and emotional structure that they have recieved at FMA is exactly what they both needed. We are so grateful for the dedication that all of the staff provide. Their passion for teaching and nurturing young minds is truly inspiring. Thank you – not only for the academic education, but for being an excellent role model and for instilling important values in our children that will guide them through their life.

– The Baldwin Family

I am writing this letter to express my heartfelt appreciation for the wonderful education and care that my children have received at your school. As a parent, I am grateful for the dedication and hard work of teachers and staff who have made a positive impact on my childrens’ lives.

The well-rounded curriculum has allowed them to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, which have helped them develop their interests and skills.

I also appreciate the school’s efforts to promote respect, kindness and understanding, and my children have benefited greatly from this approach.

The teachers are dedicated and really care about the students and go above and beyond in their efforts to ensure the children are well educated and cared for. In conclusion, I want to thank the entire staff at First Montessori for their hard work and dedication. You have made a positive impact on my childrens’ lives and we are grateful for all that you do.

– Sincerely, Elisa & Justin Russell

Thank you so much for another great year for our children. I’ve seen our girls flourish this year with their academics – especially their reading. You have instilled in them a zest for knowledge and an enthusiasm for learning that will carry them forward to excel in their lives.

The fun field trips, class pets, special events and on-site extracurriculars provided a fun and social balance our girls really enjoyed.

We love you and look forward to another great year together next year. Many blessings to you all!!!

– Terri Dees

We are so thankful for the teachers at FMA for helping our son see how much potential he truly has. We are grateful for all the love, care and dedication that they have put in teaching all of the children. We give thanks to our God always for FMA!

– Kristen and Thomas Arbuckle

Thank you for our wonderful years at First Sarasota Montessori Academy. We moved to Sarasota, after two years of lockdowns and shut down schools, we were desperate to find both a nurturing and academic environment where our little girl could grow and learn without having to wear a mask. We fell in love with FMA at first sight. We love the faith-based learning and the emphasis on family values.

The teachers, under the leadership of Mrs. Lindaman, took our daughter under their wings and we saw her grow both in her heart and her mind. Faith-based learning gave our daughter a strong foundation to become who she is today. The Montessori work she gets to do every day enriched her mind and taught her patience, perseverance and enabled her to lengthen her concentration span.

She formed beautiful friendships with the children of the FMA community and we cherish the love she has for her amazing teachers. Mrs. Lindaman, Ms. Kathy, Ms. Nikki and Ms. Michaela showed her immense patience and beautiful guidance. She comes home telling us little stories of her day and always the kindess and love of her teachers shine through.

Thank you for giving our daughter a safe, nurturing and academically challenging environment to grow.

– The Vondrachek Family

This year has been an incredible journey for my family as we have had the privilege of cultivating deep and meaningful friendships at FMA. These connections have blossomed into relationships that now feel like family to us. The warmth and support we have received from the community have truly enriched our lives.

I am particularly grateful for the impact FMA has had on my son. Beyond achieving academic success, he has experienced tremendous personal growth, both socially and spiritually. The school and the First Sarasota church have played integral roles in nurturing his development, creating a nurturing and safe environment where he can thrive.

The dedicated teachers at FMA deserve special recognition for their unwavering commitment to their students. Their tireless efforts in creating a safe and inclusive space, fostering a love for learning and encouraging perseverance have been instrumental in my son’s educational journey.

I cannot express enough gratitude for the incredible community that FMA and the First Sarasota church have provided for my family. We feel blessed to be part of such a compassionate and nurturing environment. As we look to the future, we hope to deepen the bonds we have formed within this community while also embracing opportunities to forge new connections.

Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to the teachers, staff and fellow families at FMA for their invaluable contributions to our lives. We are truly grateful for the friendships that, the academic and personal growth our son has experienced, and the unwavering support we have received throughout our journey. We eagerly anticipate continuing our journey within this remarkable community and creating even more lasting memories and relationships.

– Love the Chaffardett-Castillo Family