Venice Administration and Support Staff

Administration and Support Staff of Venice Campus

Jennifer Ocana, Director and Principal, Venice Campus, Faculty Montessori Live


Jennifer has been a Montessori educator for nearly twenty years. She started out at Oak Meadow Montessori in Littleton, Massachusetts, and was very happy there for ten years until the call of the warm Florida sunshine finally became too strong to resist.Jennifer grew up in the Boston area and attended Emerson College. She visited her …

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Whitney Carter, Registrar, Secondary Admin., Faculty Montessori Live

Whitney Carter

Whitney Carter joined the IVMS family in 2009 as a PE educator.  She has since become a part of the administration team as the Registrar and works as the administrator of the Secondary program.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education And Recreation from Western Kentucky University. Before joining IVMS, Whitney worked for the …

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Jason Hunter, Elementary Supervisor and Pupil Support, Venice Campus, Faculty Montessori Live


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 for lower elementary (EI) and is certified in Montessori education. In 2013, Jason obtained his ESE (exceptional student education) endorsement and took on the additional …

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Jennifer Sessa, Director of Pupil Support, Faculty Montessori Live


Jennifer Sessa is the Director of Pupil Support for both Island Village campuses. 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 from Southern Connecticut State University with a MS in quantitative analysis. Jennifer also attended the …

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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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Nancy Clarke, Language Arts, Choir, Team Leader 6th/7th

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Nancy Clarke graduated from Clemson University with a BA in secondary education – English 6-12. She holds her Florida certification in language arts, and has integrated curriculum 5-9 certification.  Nancy has been an educator since 1995, including the nine years she was co-owner of The Study Center, a local supplemental education service.  In both private and …

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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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Michael Fingerle, Physical Education


Michael Fingerle returned to Sarasota after having taught and coached at Chattanooga Christian School for 27 years. He attended Covenant College where he earned a BA degree in History and Secondary Education and where he later completed a MA degree in Educational Leadership. Working for a small private school, he found himself teaching a variety …

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Jamie Marshall, Coordinating Director, IVMS Arts Programs, Piano, Brass Instruments


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

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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, Orff, Harp, Piano, Elementary and Secondary

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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Michelle Maulucci, Drama


Michelle graduated from SUNY College at Buffalo with a BA in Theater Arts.  She immediately moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting and worked with many greats in the business, including the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Howard Sackler, and Emmy winner, Tom Fontana, who directed her in several plays. Michelle is …

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Preston Boyd, Music

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Jill Wright, Art, Elementary and Secondary


Jill Wright joined IVMS in 2010 part-time while finishing her bachelor’s degree.  She graduated from USF in 2011 with a B.A. in history.  She also has an A.A. in art.  Originally from Ohio, Jill moved to Florida in 2002 after living in the west for a number of years. She has been working as a …

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Glenna Dame-Baker, Art, High School


Since 2002, Glenna and her family have been involved with Island Village. She has a broad range of experience with IVMS, including working with After School Program drama productions, early childhood/VPK and elementary levels, music, art, and the IVMS board of directors. Glenna continues support of the arts, returning to Island Village in 2015 having …

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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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Megan Luster, Administrative Assistant

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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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Oleta Conklin, Health Room


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

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Jolie Holman, Admin. Assistant, Early Childhood Coordinator


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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Steve Beskin, Facilities and Security, Venice


Steven has been with us at island village since 2013 as security /maintenance  and also as a parent. Steven is a retired NYPD Detective and has since returned to his roots here in Florida.

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Terri Grant, Administrative Assistant


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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Lee Grant, Facilities


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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Nicole O’Brien, General Support – PE


Nicole joined IVMS in 2014, as an asst. PE educator. She has a degree in Early Childhood and Directors Credentials from Sarasota Vo-Tech. Nicole has worked in Early Childhood for ten years, and has helped with Summer Camps for Elementary aged students over the years. She and her husband have 3 wonderful boys, ages 2,7,and …

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Jim Dunn, IT and Network Support, Montalign


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