IVMS Administration

Administration of all campuses

Jennifer Ocana, IVMS Executive Director, Faculty Montessori Live

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Jennifer became executive director of IVMS in 2016. She joined the teaching faculty of IVMS in 2003 and served as principal of the Venice campus from 2008-2016. Jennifer has been a Montessori educator and administrator for close to 25 years. Jennifer holds Florida professional certifications for K-6 elementary and exceptional student education (K-12). She began her career at Oak Meadow Montessori …

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Jason Hunter, Venice Campus Principal, Faculty Montessori Live

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In 2016, Jason assumes responsibilities for all Venice campus programs. He served as elementary principal for the Venice campus and has been an educator at IVMS since 2007. He has his Florida professional teaching certificate in elementary education K-6. In 2012, Jason completed the Montessori Live MACTE certification program for lower elementary (EI) and is certified in Montessori …

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Cindy Hoffman, Sarasota Campus Principal, Faculty Montessori Live

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Cindy joined IVMS in 2016. She graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in human development. She first became interested in the Montessori philosophy when looking for a school for her daughter. She found Oak Meadow Montessori School in Littleton, Massachusetts and realized that the child child-centered education was …

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Jennifer Sessa, IVMS Pupil Support Director, Faculty Montessori Live

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Jennifer Sessa is the Director of Pupil Support for both Island Village campuses. She joined the staff in 2006 and has been an IVMS parent since 2003. Jennifer graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a BA in psychology and graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a MS in quantitative analysis. Jennifer also attended the …

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Jamie Marshall, Coordinating Director IVMS Arts and Secondary Programs

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Jamie grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Muskingum University and did graduate work in jazz studies at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. Before becoming a teacher, Jamie worked as a professional trombonist for 20 plus years.  He began his playing career recording and performing in the …

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Michelle Vitiello, Comptroller, Human Resources

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Michelle Vitiello has her bachelors in accounting from the University of South Florida and has been a Sarasota County resident since 1990. Michelle and her husband Bob have one child, Nicole, who graduated from IVMS in 2013. Michelle has been the financial director for IVMS since 2007.

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Aimee Heden, Accounting

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Aimee Heden joined IVMS in 2015. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University. Aimee was a principal in a large regional public accounting firm in Connecticut and has over twenty years of experience in both public and private industry. Aimee currently lives in Osprey with her husband, Jonathan, and her …

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Whitney Carter, Administrative Manager, HOPE

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Whitney Carter joined the IVMS family in 2009 as a PE educator.  She became a part of the administration team soon thereafter.  Whitney has a bachelor’s degree in physical education and recreation from Western Kentucky University. Before joining IVMS, Whitney worked for the YMCA and managed the summer gymnastics & dance program for many years. In …

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Megan Criswell, School Counselor, ESE, Test Coordinator

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Megan joined IVMS in 2014 with seven years of experience teaching secondary level math. Megan earned a BA in mathematics from the University of Tennessee and completed her MA in school counseling from Argosy University in 2014. Megan is also certified in exceptional student education (ESE K-12).  Megan is the school counselor and testing coordinator for …

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Verna Hunter, Registrar, All Campuses

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Verna joins IVMS in 2016 as registrar, but she has been an IVMS parent and supportive spouse since 2007. Verna has management experience in a local retail establishment. She looks forward to being able to drive to work with her daughter, an upper school student at the Venice campus, and her husband, Jason.

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Peter Simms, General Music, Community Liaison

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Peter Simms has spent 30 years as a professional musician and instructor. Peter studied classical and jazz music at Cabrillo College & Chabot College in California. He studied privately with jazz greats: Don Haas (Benny Goodman), Smith Dobson (Gary Burton), Dave Smith (Joe Pass), and Ray Brown (Stan Kenton). From classical, rock, reggae, ethnic, and …

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Bill Koss, Facilities Director, Safety

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Bill Koss moved from Michigan to Florida in 1978. He has been employed in the Hospitality Industry for 30 years, mostly in upper management positions. Bill is a certified trainer for CPR/First Aid from the American Heart Association. In addition, Bill is trained through the school board of Sarasota County in crisis prevention Intervention and …

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Jan Pearman, Enrollment and Marketing, After School Programs

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Jan Pearman, after owning two businesses and being retired, Jan found she needed something more than gardening and redecorating. At the same time Kym was creating something Jan had never heard of free Montessori! After attending Kym’s first meeting, Jan knew she wanted to be a part of IVMS. Jan soon became the after-school program …

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Gary Finkel, Director Information Technology

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Gary has been the Information Technology Director for Island Village since 2008. Gary brings with him many years of working with large computer and technology networks.

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Dr. Kym Elder, Ed.D, IVMS Founder, Program Director – Montessori Live Training Program

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Kym is IVMS founder and served as executive director from 2001 to 2016. Kym is currently concentrating her efforts on faculty and leadership professional development as program director for Montessori Live Training Program. Kym received Montessori educator certification from the American Montessori Society in both early childhood and elementary levels and has worked with students from three years old …

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Jenifer Baehr, Registrar, Montessori Live Educator Training Program

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Jenifer Baehr joined Montessori Live as the registrar in 2009. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern University in December 2013. She received her certificate of paralegal from the Institute of Legal Studies and worked as a paralegal for 10+ years in Fairfax, VA, while managing a privately owned title insurance company. …

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