The Team

We are a team of educators, builders, thinkers, singers, and ukulele players. We approach our work with passion and curiosity, using what we've learned to create meaningful learning experiences

that add value to children's lives.

Dennise Ondina
Founder, Director

For the past 20 years, Dennise has dedicated her career to serve children and families; she has worked as a teacher and public school principal in both traditional and Montessori schools. Her background includes a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, a Masters Degree in School Guidance Counseling, and Elementary Certification. Moreover, she has extensive training in evidence-based methods for reading instruction including Riggs-Spalding, Phono-graphix, Wilson, and Lindamood-Bell. When she is not teaching, coaching, or helping teachers, you can find Dennise absorbing the outdoors with family and friends. 

Logan A. Vega
Tutoring Specialist

We are thrilled to welcome Logan Vega to team Illumina. Logan is an honors program graduate from Florida State University. He has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and STEM with a Minor in Computer Science. Logan has a strong background in problem solving and mathematical reasoning. His coursework includes advanced mathematics, calculus, and general physics. Logan's experience as a public school teacher has helped him appreciate the importance of addressing math foundation problems that hinder the student's development. His passion lies in bridging the mathematical gap and building the student's confidence.

Diane Zamot
Tutoring Specialist

A military veteran and aviation enthusiast,  Ms. Diane brings to the team her energy and passion for learning and teaching young people! Her extensive experience as a STEM Instructor, ESL Volunteer, Multi-sensory Language Tutor, and Civil Air Patrol Aviation and Aerospace Educator, brings a unique set of skills that inspire students to be the best they can be. Diane spends as much time as she can in the great outdoors, either cycling, birdwatching, camping or hiking.  

Kimberly Coronado
Marketing  &              Customer Relations

An educator and champion of child development, Kimberly supports our marketing efforts. Her background in Montessori early learning education has been invaluable in the development of our our programs. Kimberly has a heart bigger than life and is an unapologetic fan of the Lightning Bolts. GO BOLTS! 

Carol Mercier
Tutoring Specialist

Carol Mercier has over 30 years experience in education as a Montessori teacher, administrator and school principal.  She holds a Bachelors Degree from Eckerd College in Human Development and Early Childhood Education and an Early Childhood Montessori Certificate.  She has trained in the Orton- Gillingham method of teaching for Dyslexia and currently is a Literacy tutor for foreign speaking adults learning English. 

Ian Ondina
Office Assistant

Aficionado of positive thinking and spontaneous humor, Ian is our most wanted go-to person; always ready to tackle any project and help wherever is needed. Ian has a background as an AutoCAD technician. He is also a video gamer and technology wizard with a keen eye for visual detail. Ian can be found at the next ukulele jam near you!

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