Mr. Hugo Hormazabal Jr.

School Director

Hugo Hormazabal Jr. is a fourth generation educator in a family of teachers. He is a strong champion for kids and for alternative forms of education. Mr. Hugo believes that education is not a one size fits all approach, but every child is unique and each teacher must meet the needs of all specific children.

Mr. Hugo graduated from High Point University in High Point North Carolina, ranked #1 regional college in the South by U.S. World News Report. He went on to study Montessori education at the renowned International Centre for Montessori Studies (CISM) in Bergamo, Italy. Mr. Hugo finished his studies and certification at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education (CMTE) in New Rochelle, New York.

In the past, Mr. Hugo has taught children as young as 2 years old all the way up to college-age students at New York University. Currently, Mr. Hugo presides over Lake Montessori with the mission of providing a world-class education, with a universal holistic approach, and hand-picked, stellar teachers in a safe, happy, and inspiring learning environment.

Ms. Vivian- Administration

Ms. Eileen- Administration

Ms. Kelly- Primary Teacher

Ms. Kassoo- Primary Teacher

Ms. Kassoo graduated with an MS. in microbiology and a BS. in zoology from the University of Karachi, Pakistan and received her Montessori Diploma from The Association of Montessori International (AMI).   She has resided in Florida since 1983 and has taught in several Montessori schools in the past 33 years in the central Florida area.

She joined Lake Montessori in 2015 and currently teaches Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes at this school.   She currently resides in Winter Garden with her husband and three kids.  Fatima loves to teach and is passionate about her profession.  She enjoys her interactions with the children in and out of the classroom.  She uses her strong teaching skills to foster a nurturing classroom environment where students are able to use their creative energies in a productive manner while working independently and also collectively in a group to realize their full potential. She believes in nurturing the creative minds of children by instilling in them the sense of responsibility, respect, and love of learning.  She strongly believes in Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy that “Education is the natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”

In her spare time, Fatima enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling. She also organizes social and cultural events and participates in community events on a regular basis.

Ms. Saira- Primary  Co-Teacher

Ms. Saira received her Montessori Diploma from London Montessori International (LMI) and has five years of teaching experience in a Montessori school environment.

She joined Lake Montessori in 2017 as an Assistant Teacher and currently teaches Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes with the lead teacher at this school.   She currently resides in Winter Garden with her husband. She enjoys teaching and is devoted to her profession.  She uses her strong teaching skills to help children learn and acquire the fundamental knowledge of various subjects and life skills.  She loves her interactions with the children inside and outside the classroom.

Saira strongly believes in Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy that “My vision of the future is no longer of people taking exams and proceeding from secondary school to University but of passing from one stage of independence to a higher, by means of their own activity and effort of will.”

In her spare time, she loves to cook, read, watch movies, and engage in other social activities with her family and friends. She is also a henna artist and uses her artistic skills as a hobby. Saira is adjusting to the new environment and is enjoying her life in America.  She looks forward to building her career as a Montessori teacher at Lake Montessori School.

Ms. Padma- Lower Elementary Teacher

Mrs. Padma Bondugula has been teaching since 1998 in India and the United States.  She has held lead teaching positions in Montessori primary and elementary classes. Before moving to Orlando, she worked at Montessori Schools in New York and Chicago.

Born in India, Mrs. Bondugula moved to the United States in 2000 where she attended the AMI Montessori Institute of Milwaukee training and received her diploma for Montessori Elementary level (six to twelve years of age).  She previously completed her AMI Montessori Primary credentials in India in 1997. Mrs. Bondugula holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, VPK Director Credential, Administrative Accounting, as well as Post Graduate work in Computer Science.  She also has certification in Special Education.

Mrs. Bondugula is happily married and has two children; both of them attended Montessori Schools and are now in college.  She is been teaching different levels for 25 years in Montessori field. She is interested in the arts, reading, tennis, camping, and nature walks.  She loves to travel and learn about different cultures.

“To help the child to choose the path of success on his own.” Is a motto that she believes in strongly.

Dr. Olga- Upper Elementary Teacher

Dr. Olga Samsonova holds two Masters degrees, one from Brooklyn College (2009) and the other from Simferopol State University (1999). She recently earned her Ph.D. from Walden University (2017). She has over 20 years of experience in education. Her love of children and her strong beliefs in the Montessori philosophies makes her a wonderful fit for Lake Montessori.

She joined Lake Montessori in the 2016-2017 school year. She is currently the upper elementary teacher at the school. Knowing that they enrich any classroom, Dr. Olga incorporates music, singing, and fine arts into her lessons each day.  She uses her strong teaching skills to instill valuable knowledge, good morals, and Montessori philosophies to her students.

Dr. Olga lives in the Orlando area with her family. She loves to be with her family and travel around the world in her spare time.

Ms. Karly- Middle School Teacher

Ms. Karly has been at Lake Montessori since August of 2016. She has worked at a variety of schools in Lake and Orange counties covering ages three to eighteen. Ms. Karly is currently instructing the middle school and is the troop leader of our school’s Girl Scout troop. Ms. Karly has also helped facilitate the Camp Montessori program.

Ms. Karly lives with her parents in Lady Lake in the same neighborhood in which she grew up. She is continuing her education at the University of Central Florida. She enjoys reading, logic puzzles, camping, and photography.

Ms. Shaina- Assistant teacher/ After School Coordinator

Ms. Karina- Assistant Teacher/ Before School Coordinator