Girls Take Charge
Carrollwood Day School
9am to 3:30pm
Summer 2019 Dates coming soon
-4th/5th Grade Program
-6th/7th/8th Grade Program
Welcome to GTC Tampa!
Please review the information below to learn more about what to expect during the week! We are looking forward to a great one!
Remember, each year we change about 75% curriculum so our returners can enjoy new activities as well as see how they have grown in some of the program's favorite activities. Each week is the same program. Content does not vary each week.
GTC Program Overview
Regional Program Manager, Tampa, FL
Laura Montalvo was first inspired to work with children at the age of 14, babysitting and tutoring neighborhood children. She realized she had a passion for teaching and working with children after high school when she would volunteer her summers as a Camp Counselor at a middle school in Wesley Chapel, Florida.
Laura graduated from the University of South Florida with B.A.s in both Foreign Language Education and World Languages with a specialty in Spanish. Before graduation, she was offered a position at a private K-12 school as an Elementary Spanish Teacher where she currently loves working!
During her time as an Elementary Spanish Teacher, she became very aware of her student’s learning abilities and was fascinated with how her student’s processed language and acquisition and wanted to learn how to be more effective in accommodating for different learners. It was at this time that she decided to pursue a Master in Science degree from the University of South Florida in the field of Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health. After completing her MS, she worked with children and adolescents with varying circumstances that could affect their behavioral well-being. She volunteers at Camp Erin, an annual weekend camp for children that recently lost someone close to them by teaching them coping skills and helping then grieve. She also completed her MS fieldwork on the topic of Dating Violence and worked in conjunction with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and The Spring of Tampa Bay to research and develop a new revised curriculum in knowing the signs and what to do in that circumstance.
Aside from her endeavors as an educator and Behavioral Health specialist for youth, Laura also believes in self care and keeping the physical body healthy by being active. She does so through activities like paddle boarding, climbing, lifting, playing tennis and enjoying the outdoors! She also enjoys volunteering at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, where she adopted her Great Dane/Lab mix Bella Luna and her kitten Ciel Noir.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.