Venice Administration and Support Staff

Administration and Support Staff of Venice Campus

Gail Jacquelin, LE 23B, Director Early Childhood


Gail Jacquelin has been an IVMS staff member since 2006. Gail received her child development accreditation and AMS early childhood Montessori certification from OMTEI in Orlando. She continues working on a degree program in early childhood at the South Florida University.Gail was born in South Africa and lived there until her family immigrated to the …

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Jennifer Sessa, IVMS ESE Liaison, Assistant Principal Elementary Venice


Jennifer Sessa is the ESE liaison for Island Village North and South campuses. She is also the assistant principal for the elementary program at the Venice campus. 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 …

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Gloria Koss, ESE Liaison Secondary, ESL Venice Campus


Gloria Koss joined the IVMS staff in 2006 as an ESE educator. She is currently the ESE Liaison and educator for grades 5 through 8.  In addition, she is the ESL Liaison for all grades.  Gloria graduated from the University of South Florida with a BS in Specific Learning Disabilities. She holds a Florida teaching …

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Louise Vare, Speech-Language Pathologist


Louise Vare started as a parent with IVMS before the school was even built! In 2002, she began working at IVMS, after having worked, at various times over 25 years in the Sarasota school system. Originally from Stamford, Connecticut, she graduated with high honors from the University of Florida and holds a degree in speech …

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Jason Hunter, LE 14, Elementary Team Coordinator Venice


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 and is certified in Montessori education. In 2013, Jason obtained his ESE (exceptional student education) endorsement and took on the additional responsibility of being the …

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Alison Rini, LE 2, Upper School Director


Alison Rini joined the IVMS faculty in the summer of 2011 and taught as a fifth and sixth grade humanities educator in LE 7 for two years. She has been a teacher since 2000, working in New York City, the U. S. Virgin Islands, and Florida. Education is her passion and Alison is happy to …

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Kathy Nixon, Latin I & II, Reading Specialist


Kathy Nixon says it has been so exciting to be part of IVMS’s growth and student progress. Since 2006, Kathy has taught language arts, Latin, humanities, creativity seminar, research skills, and reading specials.Kathy has earned an A.B. in Latin and English and a masters of library science from Indiana University. Currently she holds teaching certificates …

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Whitney Carter, Physical Education, Scheduling


Whitney Carter joined the IVMS family in 2009. She enjoys working with the students and educating them on health and fitness. She has a bachelor’s in physical education and recreation from Western Kentucky University. Whitney worked for the YMCA and has managed summer programs for many years. Whitney also supports the administration staff with a …

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Alice McCann, Transportation Coordinator, Admin. Assistant


Alice McCann came to us in 2006 as a parent volunteer, helping in the learning environments for a couple of years. In 2008 she was asked to train as an assistant in the clinic. After that she was asked to come on board also as an administrative assistant. She now has taken the position as …

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Oleta Conklin, Health Room Venice Campus


Oleta has been working as a health room aide since 2012.

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Peter Simms, Music & Community Coordinator


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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Tasha Robinson, Music

Tasha Robinson

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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Angeline Parkin-Milambiling, Art Coordinator


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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Olivia Posani – Art Educator Venice Campus


Olivia Posani holds a B.F.A. from the Ringling College of Art and Design and is very passionate about art and teaching. She has been working as a Montessori assistant educator since January 2010 and, beginning in September 2012, Olivia joined the staff at Island Village Montessori as the art educator for upper elementary students as well …

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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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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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Jolie Holman, Administrative Assistant Venice


Jolie Holman came to IVMS at its inception in 2001 as a parent and volunteer. She has two teenage daughters; one graduated from Island Village middle school and one will graduate in 2011. Jolie was an early childhood instructor for a number of years before coming to IVMS. She has been on staff working in …

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Julio Guzman, Facilities


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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Terri Grant, Administrative Assistant Elementary Venice


Terri is the administrative assistant for the elementary program in Venice. Terri is also an IVMS parent, with a son who is an IVMS graduate and a daughter in middle school. Terri is also active with the IVMS drama program. Terri has been with IVMS since 2006.

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Megan Luster, Office Assistant, Venice Campus

Megan Luster

Megan Luster joined the office staff at Venice campus in 2013. Megan is currently working toward getting a degree online from State College of Florida. Prior to joining IVMS, she worked as an office assistant for a local painting company as well as being hostess at the Applebee’s restaurant chain. Megan has a two year-old …

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