Secondary Faculty

Dr. Kym Elder, Ed.D, Leadership, Spanish, Curriculum Director

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Dr. Kym Elder, Ed.D, is the Executive Director and founder of Island Village Montessori Schools. She received Montessori educator certification from the American Montessori Society in both early childhood and elementary levels and has worked with students from three years old to ninth grade in Montessori environments since 1994. Kym is a graduate of Pine …

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Nancy Clarke, LE 21, Language Arts, 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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Michelle Maulucci, LE 21, English, Drama, Latin Support

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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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Misty Sirianni, LE 22, Middle Grades Math, Algebra I & II, Geometry

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Misty Sirianni, certified in mathematics grades 6-12, has been an educator at Island Village middle school since 2006. She received her bachelors of natural science in mathematics from the University of South Florida. She has worked in research, taught math in private schools and owned her own tutoring business. She is currently working on her …

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Ursula Fortner, Math, ESE and ESL Support

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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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Fletch Wardwell, Math Tutor, Secondary

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Fletch returns to IVMS, joining Ms. Misty as a math tutor. Working virtually from Colorado, to where he recently retired after over 20 years as a Montessori educator, Fletch will provide extra assistance in all areas of mathematics. Fletch worked at IVMS in our middle school program for 3 years before retiring and at a …

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Dr. Shannon Kraska, Pharm.D, LE 20, General Science, Biology, Chemistry

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Dr. Shannon Kraska joined IVMS in 2012 following more than 20 years working as an educator, writer, and clinician in the healthcare field. Shannon graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (PCPS), where she earned a bachelor of science in pharmacy and a doctor of pharmacy degree.  She also completed a minor in humanities …

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Katherine Moore, LE 20, Biology, General and Environmental Science

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Katherine joins the staff of IVMS in 2014. She has lived in Sarasota County for 20 years and has taught middle school science for 2 years. Before becoming a science educator, Katherine worked as a biologist for over 10 years in south Florida and as a laboratory analyst at an environmental testing laboratory. Katherine has …

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Kim Michiels, LE 19, Big History and World History

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Kim has over 22 years experience teaching Montessori at the lower and upper elementary levels. Kim has a B.A. in human development from Eckerd College and her AMS Montessori credential for Elementary I and II (grades 1-6.) Kim has her Florida certificate in elementary grades K-6, and has a Florida social studies 5-9 credential. Kim has …

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Matt Minton, LE 19, American History, Civics, Web/Graphic Design, Technology Support

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Matt moved to Sarasota in 2006 from Maryland. He attended Venice High School and graduated in 2010. Matt recently graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. His senior thesis topic was entitled: Margaret Thatcher: Dividing the Union and Uniting the Kingdom. Matt thoroughly enjoys studying modern British history, ancient Egyptian …

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Megan Criswell, LE 7, Math Upper School, Guidance Secondary

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

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  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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Whitney Carter, Scheduling, HOPE, Faculty Montessori Live

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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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Peter Simms, General Music, Guitar, 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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Kathy Nixon, Latin I & II, Reading Support, Secondary

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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 …

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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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Olivia Posani – Visual Arts Coordinator Venice, Studio Art

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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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Angeline Parkin-Milambiling, Visual Arts Coordinator Sarasota, Art History, Faculty Montessori Live

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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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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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Karen Tuttle, Violin, Elementary and Secondary

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Karen comes from a family of musicians so it is only natural that she began playing violin at seven years of age. She performed as a violinist in Florida All-State orchestra and as a violist with the Florida West Coast Symphony in the early 1980’s. She was a founding member of The Venice Symphony and their …

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Ann Alton, Cello, Elementary and Secondary

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  Having started cello study at an early age with her mother, Ann Alton earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees on full scholarship from the Juilliard School. She received her Doctorate of Music from the Manhattan School of Music as a fellowship recipient student of Bernard Greenhouse.  A dedicated teacher, Ann has taught cello at Concordia College (MN), …

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