IVMS Administration

Administration of all campuses

Jennifer Ocana, IVMS Executive Director, Faculty Montessori Live


Jennifer has been principal of the Venice campus since 2008 and is transitioning into executive director of all IVMS programs during the 2016/2017 fiscal year. Jennifer has been a Montessori educator and administrator for over twenty years. She started out at Oak Meadow Montessori in Littleton, Massachusetts, and was very happy there for ten years until the …

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Dr. Kym Elder, Ed.D, IVMS Founder, High School Coordinator, Program Director Montessori Live

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Kym Elder, Ed.D, is the Founder of Island Village Montessori Schools, Coordinator of the IVMS High School Program, and Program Director for Montessori Live Educator Training Program. 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 tenth grade in …

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Jason Hunter, Venice Campus Elementary Principal, Faculty Montessori Live


Jason Hunter has been an educator at IVMS since 2007. He has his 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 education. In 2013, Jason obtained his ESE (exceptional student education) endorsement and took on the additional …

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Alison Rini, Sarasota Campus Principal, Montessori Live Faculty


Alison Rini joined the IVMS faculty in the summer of 2011 and taught as a fifth and sixth grade humanities educator before serving as the Director of the Upper School in Venice. Alison has been an educator since 2000, working in New York City, the U. S. Virgin Islands, and Florida. Education is her passion …

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Jennifer Sessa, IVMS Pupil Support Director, Faculty Montessori Live


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, Music Faculty


  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 …

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Whitney Carter, Registrar, Secondary Admin., Faculty Montessori Live

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Whitney Carter joined the IVMS family in 2009 as a PE educator.  She has since become a part of the administration team as the Registrar and works as the administrator of the Secondary program.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education And Recreation from Western Kentucky University. Before joining IVMS, Whitney worked for the …

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Michelle Vitiello, Human Resources, 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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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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Peter Simms, General Music, Guitar, Strings, Community Liaison, Secondary Support, Faculty Montessori Live

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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


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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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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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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