Venice Administration and Support Staff

Administration and Support Staff of Venice Campus

Whitney Carter, Registrar, HOPE, Faculty Montessori Live


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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Gail Jacquelin, LE 23, 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 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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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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Jason Hunter, LE 14, Elementary Team Leader 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 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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Jill Wright, Art, Venice Campus


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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Nancy Clarke, Social Studies, Advanced Choir, Team Leader Secondary

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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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Mendy Hyatt-Hensley, Science, Curriculum Advisor, Faculty Montessori Live


Mendy graduated from Xavier University with a masters degree in education and received her Montessori Elementary II certification for ages 6 to 12 years old. She is Florida certified K-6 and is completing the gifted endorsement. Mendy has taught in upper elementary and middle school level Montessori environments since 1996. She has worked in both …

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Megan Criswell, Guidance, ESE, Mathematics


Megan joins IVMS Upper School in 2014 with seven years of experience teaching secondary level math. Megan earned a BA in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee and has completed her master’s in school counseling from Argosy University. Megan has ESE K-12 certification. Megan will act as guidance counselor for both upper and secondary students.

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


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 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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Megan Luster, Office Assistant, Venice Campus

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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 Venice Campus


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

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Tasha Robinson, Orff, Harp, Piano, Elementary and Secondary

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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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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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IVMS Security – Both Campuses


Steve and Lawrence have provided security at IVMS since 2013. Officially, they are employed by a locally owned firm, Sarasota Security Patrol, which has been in the security business for over 30 years. In spirit, Steve and Lawrence are an important part of the team at IVMS. Their presence has improved the security and sense …

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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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