Our office is the hub of communication for Atala Montessori. The website, newsletter, Facebook and Twitter pages, phone calls, and emails all begin with the office staff. If you have questions about any aspect of the school, please give us a call at 786-738-1210. Meet our energetic office members!

Educator, composer, and author Dr. Kristine H. Burns served as a professor and administrator at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Dartmouth College, and Florida International University for 18 years before coming to Atala as one of its owners. Kristine lives in the Redland area of Homestead with her husband Gary Wolfson, two children—Liam, a first-year student at Stetson University, and Livya, a 9th grader at CIE: Cambridge, and a menagerie of  goats, chickens, cats, and dogs. In addition to her administrative duties, Dr. Burns teaches the Middle School and Upper Elementary Singapore math classes. She has also been an online college instructor at Ashford University for the past three years. You may contact her at

Mrs. Amanda Troyo is a Montessori graduate and has three children at Atala—Daria, Dexter, and Alessa. You may contact her at

Mrs. Erin Antoni and her husband, Dr. Michael Antoni reside in Palmetto Bay. She has two grown children as well as a new son-in-law. Erin will be cheering on her home state’s football team, the Green Bay Packers this fall as well as spending as much time as she is able in Rhode Island where she has a vacation home. Erin enjoys Pilates, but her favorite “sport” is traveling and will be visiting Scotland as well as going back to Ireland in 2020. Even though I have not been trained in the Montessori method, after over 16 years of working in this environment, I believe I have become a Montessorian! Spread your wings! You may contact Erin at

Mr. Fernando Vallejo is not only one of our art teachers, but he also works as part of the office staff in our maintenance area.