Upper School – Grades 4th – 5th

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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Kristin Calandra, LE 2, 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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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 Comeau, LE 3, Elementary


Kristin Comeau joined IVMS an administrative assistant in 2006 and has worked with students in a number of capacities over the years. Kristin and her two children have been involved with IVMS since our opening year in 2001. In 2009, Kristin joined our teaching staff as an assistant educator and is completing an AMS early …

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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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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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