Upper School

Alison Rini, LE 2, Upper School Director


Alison Rini joined the IVMS faculty in the summer of 2011 and taught as a fifth and sixth grade humanities educator in LE 7 for two years. She has been a teacher since 2000, working in New York City, the U. S. Virgin Islands, and Florida. Education is her passion and Alison is happy to …

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Stephanie Young, LE 2, Upper School

Stephanie Young

Stephanie Young joined IVMS in the 2013 as part of the 4th and 5th grade upper school team. She is a local girl having grown up in Sarasota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from Florida State University and spent ten years searching for her true calling until she decided to return to school …

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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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Lori Bayes, LE 3, Upper School


Lori has been a Montessori educator since 1988 and has taught in Sarasota, Dallas, and London, Ontario in Canada. She joined the faculty of Island Village Montessori in 2011. Lori earned her B.A. in history and psychology from WLU in Waterloo, Canada and her Montessori teaching certificate (AMI) from Toronto Montessori Institute for grades 1 …

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Mendy Hyatt-Hensley, LE 3, Upper School

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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