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, an Atala graduate, and Livya, an eighth grader at Atala, and a menagerie of  goats, chickens, cats, and dogs. In addition to her administrative duties, Dr. Burns teaches the Middle School Music Class. She also works as an online college instructor at Ashford University. 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 fabulous grown children, Justin and Janae and is a three-year cancer survivor! She loves her Green Bay Packer football team, Rhode Island where her vacation home is and to travel. She will be traveling once again to New Zealand in the spring ! Even though I have not been trained in the Montessori method, after over 15 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.