Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Mangel.

Kelly, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I moved to the Keys in 2007. I was previously a teacher in New Jersey. I transitioned Treasure Village Montessori as the Assistant Principal, and I have been here ever since. I became Principal in 2013.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Throughout the transitions, life was both an adventure and an obstacle. A few years after moving to the keys I found myself divorced and a single mom trying to make everything work for my children.

The saving grace was being able to work with them everyday and not miss any time with them. I am lucky to be their mom and a part of their educational journey.

This was difficult because all of my extended family lives outside of the state and it was difficult to see them. I built a support system with my colleagues and family friends and TVM (Treasure Village Montessori) became our family.

Please tell us about Treasure Village Montessori Charter School.
I am the Principal of Treasure Village Montessori Charter school. We are a unique school in the Florida Keys. We lead the district in top test scores and offer individualized and innovative learning.

Since I became a part of the school our enrollment has almost doubled, our staff has become more established, and our program is one that is looked at by others to emulate.

Our focus is on the whole child, and we spend time fostering the growth of the social and emotional components of growing up as much as the academic growth in basic subject areas.

As a charter school, we blend the Montessori philosophy with the Florida State standards and offer a program that is 100% unique.

What role has luck had in your life and business?
I believe that I create my own luck based on my current mindset. If I have a growth mindset I can learn from everything and even the hurdles are nothing but a learning experience.

If I am in set mindset things, tend to seem negative, and they can get me down. I didn’t always think that way, but over the year and with guidance from a few mentors in the field (Connie Chapell and Lynn Barras) I have learned that much of what we do is based on perspective.