Sarasota Administration and Support Staff

Alison Rini, Director and Principal, Sarasota Campus


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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Melanie Smith, ESE and ESL Liaison, Sarasota Campus


Melanie joined Island Village in 2005. Melanie is the ESE(Exceptional student Education) Liaison, ESOL(English Speakers of other languages) Liaison, Enrollment coordinator, and Pre-School director for the Sarasota Campus. She has completed her AMS(Montessori) elementary I credential and has an early childhood education degree from USF. She is a certified Florida teacher for prekindergarten through third …

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Michelle Ball-Fauls, Administrative Assistant, Health Room


Michelle started at Island Village in 2007. She has one child who is an Island Village middle school student. Michelle received her BS from Illinois State University. She is finishing her Montessori elementary certification through Montessori Live and is Florida certified for PK-3rd grades. Michelle was one of the first parents of the Sarasota IVMS …

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Kyle Forment, Administrative Assistant, Transportation, After School Program


Kyle Forment joined the office in the Sarasota Campus in 2012. Kyle has an associates degree from Miami-Dade University and attended Florida State University as a music major. Her two children, one in college and one in high school, attended a Montessori early childhood program. Kyle worked for Cheesecake Factory for 10 years and as an …

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Lee Grant, Facilities, Sarasota Campus


Lee joined IVMS in 2014. A Native Floridian, Lee has shown interest in mechanics and engineering even before the age of five when he first used an impact wrench. In the years that followed, Lee has held several professional licenses, certifications, and certificates of competency in the building and construction industries.

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Peter Simms, General Music, Guitar, Community Liaison, Secondary Support, Faculty Montessori Live


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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Debbie Vale, LE 7, Elementary Team Coordinator Sarasota, Faculty Montessori Live


Debbie Vale, joining the IVMS staff in 2012, has been a Montessori guide for since 1994. Debbie is a faculty member for our accredited educator training program, Montessori Live. Debbie has an elementary Montessori credential, a BS in communications and broadcasting from SUNY Oswego, and a teaching credential from Cal State LA. She has completed the program …

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Debbie Kotti, Physical Education

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Debbie joins the staff of IVMS in 2013. She is a graduate from Kent State University and moved to Florida a few years after graduation. After moving to Venice, Debbie coached gymnastics at the Venice YMCA managing the competitive gymnastics team as well as recreational and summer programs for nearly 14 years. She is begining …

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Angeline Parkin-Milambiling, Visual Arts Coordinator Sarasota, Art History, Faculty Montessori Live


Angeline Parkin-Milambiling is the art education director of the Venice and Sarasota campus art departments focusing on a cohesive, creative, and comprehensive art curriculum. Angeline began teaching at Island Village Montessori in 2004. She completed her master’s degree in arts education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Angeline has a bachelor of arts in studio arts from …

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Yanuary Irasema Navarro, Art and After School Program


Yanuary (pronounced Yah-Nu-ah-Ree) Navarro is an interdisciplinary artist. She began with IVMS in 2012 as an art educator and after school staff working with lower elementary artists.  She has a B.F.A degree from Ringling College of Art and Design in illustration and is Florida certified in art K-12.

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Tasha Robinson, Orff, Harp, Piano, Elementary and Secondary

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Tasha Robinson holds a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from studies at both the University of Toronto and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Tasha has taught harp at many levels, from being an adjunct professor of harp instruction to running her own private studio, Golden Harp Studios. Tasha uses a mixture of both the …

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Kathy Bixby, Physical Education


Kathy Bixby has been with IVMS since 2004.  She moved to Florida from Connecticut, where she attended Southern Connecticut State College.  She is a former state gymnastics champion, and has coached several gymnastics teams as well as run her own mobile gymnastics program.  Kathy has been a Montessori physical education educator for 20 years both here …

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IVMS Security – Both Campuses


Steve and Lawrence have provided security at IVMS since 2013. Officially, they are employed by a locally owned firm, Sarasota Security Patrol, which has been in the security business for over 30 years. In spirit, Steve and Lawrence are an important part of the team at IVMS. Their presence has improved the security and sense …

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Kim Spencer, ESE Educator


Kim Lea has been with the IVMS family since 2010. She has been working in educational settings since 2000, with seven years experience as a counselor before that. She has taught sixth grade gifted math and science, fourth grade, and eighth grade science. She enjoyed her time in curriculum development at GWIZ as well as working in their summer …

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Rhonda Frank, ESE Educator


 In 2012, Rhonda Frank joined the IVMS staff as an exceptional student educator at the Sarasota campus. Between the ages of 5-10, Rhonda attended an open living school.  Much like Montessori, the program was ungraded, contract based, and used hands-on learning.  Her family moved, and she attended a regular educational program 5th grade – high …

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Mary Booth, Speech Language Pathologist


Mary Booth is a speech language pathologist for Island Village Montessori School’s Sarasota campus. Mary joined Island Village in 2012. She has a master of science degree in communication science and disorders, a master of arts degree in counseling education and a bachelor of science degree in studio art. Mary has worked as a speech …

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Glenda Bastista, Lunchroom


Ms. Glen works in our lunch room and is also one of our bus drivers for the Sarasota campus. She has worked with IVMS for the past two years as well as in food service at the school district before working for A and S Transportation.

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