About Us

Our Mission


Our mission at Motivating Minds is to provide children with an opportunity to learn in a way that conforms to their specific learning style. We recognize the differences in children and we acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses. At Motivating Minds, we believe in using positive reinforcement to develop self confidence and improve functioning in behavior, academics and socialization.

Our Team


Christine Ortega, M.S. ESE


Christine Ortega graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Psychology, and a minor in child development.

She started her career teaching pre-k 3 & 4 at Beth David ECC, and then went into a private practice working alongside a behavioral therapist for kids on the autism spectrum and other developmental disorders for about eight years. She was the assistant director and had a caseload of about 25 children. She worked in numerous school settings, shadowing, creating and modifying many behavior plans. She has had the opportunity to observe over 50 different classroom settings and teaching styles; thus, giving her the advantage to see what works best.

She then decided to continue school and earn her Master’s Degree in Special Education, while opening the company Motivating Minds. During this time, she continued working in schools and homes shadowing, tutoring and homeschooling children.

She has 15 years experience working with children and their families, as well as teachers and administration. She has developed excellent rapport throughout her career in South Florida.

Kathrine Roberts

Assistant Education DirectorHomeschool Instructor

Katherine Roberts attended the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. This is where she solidified her love of learning and teaching. She has earned a Bachelor of Elementary Education with a certification in ESOL (English as a Second Language); she is seeking further education/ experience regarding exceptional students.

Katherine has taught several inclusion classes over the last 4 years and has taught fourth grade over the last three years. In addition to full time teaching, she has spent numerous hours tutoring children with various learning disabilities. She has used her leadership skills to coach cheerleading to junior high girls and has used her organizational skills to coordinate the Spelling Bee for her prior school. During these experiences Katherine has created a safe, fun, and personalized learning environment for her students.

Currently, Katherine is our Assistant Director of Education at Motivating Minds. She will be responsible for individualized homeschooling, tutoring, and academic lesson planning.

“I love my students, the relationship and rapport I have with them, and I love being apart of their learning journey” Katherine Roberts

Monica Pernas

Administrative AssistantArt Teacher

Monica Pernas grew up on Key Biscayne and attended St. Agnes Academy. She furthered her education by studying Art in both Philadelphia and Boston. She moved back to Miami and had the experience of working in different art galleries around Miami. Monica continues her services on Key Biscayne through means of directing the Key Biscayne Yacht Club Summer Fun Camp, and teaching Art at St. Christopher Montessori School.
Monica is most passionate about art and children, and the ability to work with both is her dream.

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Isabel Romanach


Isabel Romanach graduated raduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and a Minor in Math and Science. She is certified in Math and Science 5 – 9 grades! 

I have worked at several Dade county schools, private and public, in both math and science for 28 + years. I was also the director of admission for 5 years at St. Stephens Episcopal School.

Currently working as a STEM teacher. Teaching and challenging students to use their creativity on 3D printing, Robotics, Coding, Movie making, etc..

I love helping children overcome the obstacles of math that they struggle with and provide them with the tools to make math enjoyable!

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Home School

Our group homeschool program is an interactive, innovative and individualized program that supports your child’s unique learning style.

School Shadowing

We implement and modify behavioral plans, while providing classroom support for children as needed.


A fun and effective environment that provides students with a positive approach to learning.

Art Classes

Designed to allow children to freely express themselves and develop their imagination and creativity.

Day Camps

At Motivating Minds, we offer day camps when students are out of school.  Whether it is a teacher work day, or any other scheduled day off, we are open.

Homework Helper

Our Homework Helper program is designed to give students a comfortable place to complete their homework.

Talk to us
Phone: (305) 400-8722
Our Location
937 Crandon Blvd
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

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