IVMS Administration

Administration of all campuses

Kym Elder, Ed.D, IVMS Executive Director, Program Director Montessori Live Educator Training


Kym Elder, Ed.D, is the Executive Director and founder of Island Village Montessori Schools. She 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 to ninth grade in Montessori environments since 1994. Kym is a graduate of Pine View …

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Jennifer Ocana, Director Elementary and Early Childhood Programs


Jennifer has been a Montessori educator for nearly twenty years. She started out at Oak Meadow Montessori in Littleton, Massachusetts, and was very happy there for ten years until the call of the warm Florida sunshine finally became too strong to resist.Jennifer grew up in the Boston area and attended Emerson College. She visited her …

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Becky Morris, Director of Secondary Programs

Morris Becky

Becky Morris was integral in the technical coordination and launching of Island Village’s charter middle school in 2005 and served as the school’s first principal and science teacher. She took a leave of absence while deployed with the Army Reserves for 1½ years to the Horn of Africa where she served as commander of a …

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Jennifer Sessa, IVMS ESE Liaison, Assistant Principal Elementary Venice


Jennifer Sessa is the ESE liaison for Island Village North and South campuses. She is also the assistant principal for the elementary program at the Venice campus. 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 …

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Michelle Vitiello, Financial Director


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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Bill Koss, Facilities Director, Safety


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


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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Gail Biroscak, Registrar all programs, Test Coordinator


Gail Biroscak joined IVMS as our registrar for all IVMS program in 2006. Gail worked as registrar for charter schools at the district level and as a school based registrar for many years. Gail is test coordinator for FCAT testing, and coordinates attendance and field trips for the south campus.

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Gary Finkel, IT Network Director


Gary has been the IT Network Director since 2008.

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Whitney Carter, Physical Education, Scheduling


Whitney Carter joined the IVMS family in 2009. She enjoys working with the students and educating them on health and fitness. She has a bachelor’s in physical education and recreation from Western Kentucky University. Whitney worked for the YMCA and has managed summer programs for many years. Whitney also supports the administration staff with a …

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Alice McCann, Transportation Coordinator, Admin. Assistant


Alice McCann came to us in 2006 as a parent volunteer, helping in the learning environments for a couple of years. In 2008 she was asked to train as an assistant in the clinic. After that she was asked to come on board also as an administrative assistant. She now has taken the position as …

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Peter Simms, Music & Community Coordinator


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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Jenifer Baehr, Registrar, Montessori Live Educator Training Program

Jenifer Baehr

Jenifer Baehr joined Montessori Live as the registrar in 2009. She will receive 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 …

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Megan Luster, Office Assistant, Venice Campus

Megan Luster

Megan Luster joined the office staff at Venice campus in 2013. Megan is currently working toward getting a degree online from State College of Florida. Prior to joining IVMS, she worked as an office assistant for a local painting company as well as being hostess at the Applebee’s restaurant chain. Megan has a two year-old …

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