Sarasota Faculty

All Sarasota Faculty Members

Marcia Hemmings, LE 1, Early Childhood

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Marcia was an IVMS educator in 2007 and now that she is relocating back to Venice she is excited to be part of the Island Village Montessori family again. Marcia has eighteen years of teaching experience, fifteen of which were in Montessori environments. She has an American Society Certificate (2005), and a VPK certificate (2006) …

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Taylor Pahno, LE 1, Elementary

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Taylor recently joined IVMS in 2016. She is currently Florida certified in Elementary K-5. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and interdisciplinary studies from Redford University.  Throughout her studies, Taylor played volleyball for the university. She enjoys spending her free time on the water as well as with friends and family.

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Whelma Thompson, LE 2, Elementary, Faculty Montessori Live

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Whelma Thompson has been a head educator for our lower elementary program since 2012.  In 2010, Whelma joined IVMS faculty to support lower elementary learning environments as a Montessori consultant. Whelma was a board member of Island Village Montessori for 10 years. She has been a Montessori educator for over 20 years working with three …

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Martha Barrett, LE 2, Elementary

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Martha Barrett, currently our head educator for our Sarasota early childhood and VPK program, joined our staff as an early childhood assistant educator in 2006. Martha has assisted in both toddler and 3-6 year old classrooms at New Gate School. Martha speaks fluent Spanish and is originally from Central America. She has five children who …

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Alexandra Gallen, LE 2, Elementary

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Alexandra is originally from Lima-Perú and graduated from USF in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  She has over eight years of teaching experience at IMG Academy and St. Joseph Catholic School.  Alexandra has a Florida teaching certificate in Spanish and is certified as a VPK early childhood instructor. Alex is currently completing Montessori training through …

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Shannon Price, LE 3, Elementary

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Shannon is from South Carolina, and has been a Montessori educator in public schools for ten years.  She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood from the Francis Marion University in 2005. She had Montessori training through the Florence District 1 Montessori Training Program, and was an educator there for four years. She was …

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Kat Ricker, LE 3, Elementary

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Kat Ricker has a bachelor’s degree and AMS certification in early childhood. In 2010, Kat joined the IVMS Sarasota faculty to work with the youngest students as Martha’s teammate. For the past year, Kat has worked with Whelma Thompson and will continue to do so in the new Clark Rd. campus.

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Hind Sleit, LE 3, Elementary

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Hind originally joined IVMS Sarasota campus faculty in 2012 with 12 years of previous teaching experience in elementary education. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Lebanese American University. Hind is currently Florida certified for early elementary grades (PK-3rd). Hind will be continuing her Montessori teacher training through Montessori Live and is excited to return to …

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Monique Czaja, LE 4, Elementary, Faculty Montessori Live

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Monique joined Island Village Montessori School as a head educator and teacher trainer in 2008. Monique has AMS Montessori elementary I and early childhood certification and has been teaching in Montessori environments since 1978. She also has a PreK-3rd teaching certification. Monique has been involved with training teachers since 1986 and is a faculty member for …

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Donna Turoff, LE 4, Elementary

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Donna, joining the IVMS staff in 2012, has a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics with a minor in psychology from Stetson University. She obtained her Elementary I credential from Seacoast Center for Montessori Education. She taught at New Gate School in Sarasota for 8 years. She worked in all levels of elementary and spent the …

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Selena Ackerland, LE 4, Elementary

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Selena Ackerland joined IVMS in 2014 as a sign language interpreter.  She worked in the Dominican Republic for six years with the deaf community, and has been working as an educational interpreter in Florida for the last seven years.

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Elaine Palmore, LE 6, Elementary

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Elaine has been with IVMS since 2006 supporting both Venice and Sarasota campuses in various capacities.  

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Elizabeth Brock, LE 6, Elementary

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Elizabeth  joined IVMS in 2015. She has 8 years of previous early childhood educator experience.  She has her degree in Elementary Education and is currently working towards a master’s degree.  Elizabeth enjoys spending time on the water, with family and pets (3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 turtles and guinea pig). Other favorite activities are reading with …

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Ingrid Miranda Beasley, LE 6, Elementary

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Ingrid was born in Lima, Peru, went to a private K-12 Catholic school, studied graphic design at the Peruvian Advertising College, and obtained her bachelor’s degree in graphic advertising design in 1994. She worked for 5 years at one of the leading Peruvian advertising agencies as art director. Ingrid has been working with children since she came …

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Debbie Vale, LE 7, Upper Elementary, Faculty Montessori Live

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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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Sabrina Derome, LE 7, Elementary

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Sabrina recently joined IVMS in 2016. She has a bachelors degree in elementary education and is Florida certified in exceptional student education (ESE), English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and SKI-HI certification. For three years previously, Sabrina has focused her work on early intervention with children from birth to three-years old. Sabrina’s two children began attending our Sarasota Campus three years earlier. …

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Almu Fernandez-Anderson, LE 8, Upper Elementary

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Almu, joining the IVMS staff in 2012, has 20 years of teaching experience, 13 years of which are teaching in a Montessori environment. Almu holds a B.A. in human development from Eckerd College, and a second B.A. in elementary education from the University of Valladolid in her native country of Spain. Almu will complete Elementary II  certification …

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Emmaly Rogalski, Educator LE 8, Upper Elementary, Faculty Montessori Live

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Emmaly Rogalski joined Island Village in 2015. She is a double major graduate from UNC Charlotte with Bachelor of Art degrees in elementary education and psychology. She holds an American Montessori Society certification for 6-9 year olds and is certified for K-6 elementary. She has eight years of teaching experience in a Montessori classroom and three …

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