Sarasota Administration and Support Staff

Jennifer Ocana, IVMS Executive Director


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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Cindy Hoffman, Sarasota Campus Principal


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

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Whitney Matukaitis, Venice Campus Assistant Principal, HOPE

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Whitney Mutukaitis 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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Jamie Marshall, Coordinating Director IVMS Arts


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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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 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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Valerie Davis, Health Room Aide & After School Coordinator, Sarasota


Valerie Davis moved from Long Island, NY in 2013. She has twin girls twin girls enrolled at the Sarasota 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, in …

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Michelle Ball-Fauls – Educational Support


Michelle started at Island Village in 2007.  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 program while at Fruitville Rd.

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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 Sarasota campus.

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Brandi Spencer, ESE Liaison, Sarasota

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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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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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Ursula Fortner, ESE and ESL Support, German


Ursula has been with Island Village Montessori School since 2006. Ursula recently completed her Master’s in Montessori Teaching from Sarasota University. She is a Florida certified educator for elementary education grades K through six and for secondary mathematics education grades six through twelve. Ursula also holds endorsements for the education of speakers of English as …

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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


Angeline Parkin-Milambiling is the art education director of the Sarasota campus art department 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 the University …

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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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Jorge Peña, Facilities


Jorge Pena was born in Peru. He moved from New Jersey to Sarasota in 2001. He has been in the maintenance department at the Sarasota campus since 2014. He is happy to work with very nice people, and the children as well.

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