Sarasota Administration and Support Staff

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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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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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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Michelle Ball-Fauls – Administrative Support


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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Valerie Davis, Administrative Support


Valerie Davis moved from Long Island, NY in 2013. She has twin girls in first grade at the IVMS Venice campus. After enrolling the girls, she fell in love with everything about the school, especially the sense of family and community. Valerie loves crafts and likes to plan parties and activities. She hopes to further her education, …

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Julio Guzman, Facilities Supervisor, Sarasota


Julio has been supporting the IVMS facilities department since 2009. In 2012, Julio joined our staff taking over maintenance responsibilities for the Venice campus.

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Brandi Spencer, ESE Liaison, Sarasota

Brandi Spencer

Brandi joined IVMS in 2015 as the ESE Liaison for our Sarasota campus. This is her twelfth year as an educator. Brandi lived most of her life in northern Mississippi where she taught elementary, middle, and high school, as well as private preschool. She has a Master of Science in Special Education from Arkansas State …

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Keri Zane-Strickland, ESE Support


Keri Zane Strickland has lived in Sarasota the majority of her life. She started learning about Montessori when she enrolled her daughter in IVMS and will have both of her children attending IVMS this upcoming year. She is very excited to join the IVMS team in the Exceptional Student Education support department. Keri received her …

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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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Megan Criswell, School Counselor, ESE, Test Coordinator


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 has ESE K-12 certification.  Megan will act as the school counselor for both elementary and secondary students, as …

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

Peter Simms

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, Upper Elementary, 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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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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Angeline Parkin-Milambiling, Visual Arts Sarasota, 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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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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Lawrence Bryant, Facilities and Security

Lawrence Bryant

Lawrence is a military veteran. He joined IVMS in 2012. He is experienced in security and maintenance. In his spare time, Lawrence acts as our IVMS DJ for dances. We are very happy to have Lawrence Bryant as part of our Island Village family!

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Jorge Pena, Facilities


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Jim Dunn, IT and Network Support, Montalign


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