Upper School – Grades 4th – 6th

Michelle Daman, LE 1, Upper School


Michelle Daman, who joined IVMS in 2011, is a graduate from the University of South Florida with a bachelors degree in elementary education.  She holds K-6 certification as well as having ESE and ESL endorsements.  During high school and college, Michelle worked for after-school care programs and day care centers as well as being a …

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Candice Grant, LE 1, Upper School


Candice Grant joined the IVMS staff in 2012 as an educator for third and fourth grade students. Originally from New York, Candice began her career in an early childhood learning center where she worked primarily with children ranging from ages three to nine. In 2008, Candice moved to Florida where she completed her Bachelor’s degree …

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Myrna Bonhomme, LE 2, Upper School


Myrna Bonhomme has been teaching at IVMS since 2002.  Myrna has more than 15 years of teaching experience as a teacher and as a Montessori educator in early childhood and elementary. Myrna has experience in teaching art, French, and English. Myrna holds professional Florida teaching certificates in both pre-K-3 and French K-12 as well as …

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Elizabeth Lynn, LE 2, Upper School


Elizabeth joins IVMS in 2014-2015 to work with our upper elementary students in LE 11. She moved to the area in December 2013 from California. Elizabeth earned an A.A in Biology in 2005 from Manatee Community college. In 2010, she attended Ashford University where she earned Bachelor of Arts in Social Science with and Education concentration. I have …

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Stephanie Welch, LE 3, Upper School


Stephanie Welch has been on staff at Island VIllage working with kindergarten, first, and second grade students since 2004. She attended The University of North Carolina and The University of Tennessee as a fine arts major. She completed her BA at Ashford University. Stephanie is certified at the Elementary I level through Montessori Live and has …

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Kristin Calandra, LE 3, Upper School


Kristin Calandra has a BA in sociology with a minor in French from Stetson University. She also studied at the CIEF in Dijon, France. Kristin holds a Florida teaching certificate for pre K-3rd grade, and has completed certification requirements for  Montessori Elementary I level through Montessori Live.

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Mendy Hyatt-Hensley, LE 6, Science, Curriculum Coordinator Upper School, Faculty Montessori Live

Mendy Hyatt-Helmsley

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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Jessika Berkay, LE 6, Cultural Studies, ESL, Spanish, Turkish, Upper School


Jessika joins IVMS in 2014-2015 with 10 years of teaching experience at all levels: elementary, middle, high, adults, and university. She is certified in Elementary K-6, language arts, ESL, and Spanish. Four years of her experience has been teaching abroad in both Spain and Turkey and living in these countries and traveling to many other …

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Wendy Menzel, LE 7, Language Arts, Reading, Upper School


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 world and experience world cultures. She furthered her studies by receiving her associate’s of …

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


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


  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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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


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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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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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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