Our Teachers

 

Solaria teachers are dedicated to offering children a high-quality, customized and well-rounded education.

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Mercy Roberg

Founder

 

As founder of Solaria Enrichment Programs, Mercy Roberg is dedicated to offering children a customized and well-rounded education. The curriculum at Solaria is targeted to provide students with skills that enable them to move effortlessly through school and life, providing weekly exposure to Artists-in-Residence, Environmental Science,  Technology, Literacy and Music. Her mandate for the program is wholly guided by a passion for providing high quality education. 

 

Mercy holds a Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree from the Stetson University College of Law, alongside a Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in ESOL, and a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. She previously taught Environmental Education while serving in the Peace Corps in Central Africa, and then worked as an Kindergarten and 1st Grade teacher for seven years in Pinellas County and Alachua County, before having children and becoming an attorney.

 

As an active working attorney, Mercy is the Director of Operations at Community Law Program, Inc. Her previous work includes multiple roles with Stetson University College of Law: as Director of its Office of Professional Education, Coordinator & Fellow for the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy, and as a Law Clerk for Special Education Law & Advocacy. 

 

Her motivation for founding Solaria began while searching out schools and enrichment programs for her two children—when she recognized that the learning stopped before 3 p.m. everyday. She knew her children deserved a full day of learning, fun and enrichment with enthusiastic, skilled and licensed teachers in a small group environment.





Nikki Szlamnik

Assistant Director/Lead Teacher

As Assistant Director and Lead Teacher, Nikki Szlamnik brings a wealth of knowledge and true passion for creative education to Solaria Enrichment Programs. Nikki teaches preschool during the mornings in Gulfport.
 

Throughout her education, she has held many positions working with children of varying ages and abilities. While studying for her degree, Nikki spent three months in Thessaloniki, Greece introducing American culture and Basic English to children ages 5 through 10. Today, she is grateful for the opportunity help enrich the lives of Solaria students through after-school programs that compliment and accelerate traditional curriculum.

 

Nikki earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Psychology from Eckerd College. While attending college, she served on the event staff at Eckerd where she helped organize campus activities. Nikki also worked as a Student Activator helping new students and parents adjust to campus life. A natural-born leader with strong organizational skills, Nikki loves encouraging curiosity and teamwork in her students.

 

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning.