Full-time Staff, Co-Founder
With an MA in Spanish from St. Louis University and masters-level work in Secondary Education and Linguistics, Christen has taught at the high school, university, and elementary levels in St. Louis, MO and Sacramento, CA. She has a BA in English from The University of Florida. She has directed the nonprofit MPM Haiti that has supported education in Haiti since 2005. As a professional educator, she was captivated by the Sudbury model, first reading about in Free to Learn by Peter Gray. Christen has three very energetic children who are as enthusiastic about a Sudbury school as she is, and an incredibly large and dynamic family in Miami who has supported these efforts.
As a Voting Member, Christen's major jobs include Admissions Coordinator and Law Clerk.
Part time Staff, Co-Founder
Erika is a children’s librarian who earned her Master of Library and Information Science degree at San Jose State University after receiving a BA in psychology with a focus on language acquisition for English language learners. Her six years experience as a media specialist in the District of Columbia Public School System drove her belief that all children should have more agency over their educational choices and futures. Erika is an advocate for social justice and believes the promotion of self-directed learning is the key to ensuring an enlightened future for all. She is thrilled and honored to be a part of Miami’s first Sudbury School and looks forward to sharing this important work with the larger community.
Erika is the school Registrar and, of course, MVP consultant for the Book Corporation at school.