Secondary Faculty

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


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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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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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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Kim Michiels, Big History, World History


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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Wendy Menzel, Language Arts, Reading, ESE


Wendy joined IVMS in 2014. She is certified in Language Arts, Reading, and ESE. Wendy  grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she attended one of the leading college preparatory high schools in the nation, Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Through this experience, the love of education was instilled in her as well as the desire to travel the …

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Matt Minton, American History, World History, Digital Arts, Technology Support, Montessori Live


Matt moved to Sarasota in 2006 from Maryland. He attended Venice High School and graduated in 2010. Matt graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2014. His senior thesis topic was entitled: Margaret Thatcher: Dividing the Union and Uniting the Kingdom. Matt thoroughly enjoys studying modern British history, ancient …

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Misty Sirianni, Algebra I & II, Geometry


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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Rachel Cheriyan, Middle Grades Mathematics


Rachel Cheriyan joined Island Village Montessori School of Venice as a secondary math teacher in 2014. She has lived around the Sarasota County area for the past 20 years. Rachel has a MS in Accounting and an extensive accounting background as a certified accountant, beginning her career in the State of New York. Out of a …

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Katherine (Beth) Moore, Biology, General and Environmental Science


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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Barbara Shelby, Science, Mathematics


Barbara is a native of Long Island, NY. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Florida and went straight into working in medical research at University of Florida’s Department of Medicine. After her daughters started school, she chose to go into education and started teaching science in 1999. From …

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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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Diana Siwicka, Language Arts, French, Latin


Diana Siwicka joined IVMS in 2014 as a foreign language specialist with 8 years of teaching experience. She has earned her BA in French and Italian Studies and MA in French Literature from the University of Minnesota. Diana also studied linguistics at the graduate level. In addition to teaching French and Latin, Diana joins LE …

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Monica Ribbe, Secondary Math and Science

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Monica joined IVMS in 2014 after moving to the Venice area.  Monica has 22 years of teaching experience with children from early childhood  to 8th grade.  Most recently, she taught math and science to middle school age students, including the PLTW (Project Lead the Way) design and modeling curriculum to teach engineering skills. Monica looks …

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Meliza Lopes, Spanish, ESE


Meliza joins IVMS in 2014 and is originally from Rhode Island. She has Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Dependency along with a minor in Spanish at Rhode Island College.  She was fortunate to study abroad in Spain in 2007 as well.  Along with classroom experience, Meliza also has …

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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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Ursula Fortner, Math, ESE and ESL Support


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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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, 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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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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Franck Fourquin, French


Franck Fourquin is a native French speaker. He was born of a French father and a Spanish mother. He spent his youth in France and Spain. After graduating from high school with a Baccalauréat in French agriculture, he moved to England to study English. He returned to France shortly thereafter where he attended the Sorbonne …

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


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


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


  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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