Venice Early Childhood & Elementary

Rebecca Brown, LE 23, Early Childhood


Rebecca joined IVMS in 2014. Rebecca is a certified Montessori educator with an associate’s degree in early child development from North Central Michigan College. Recently moved to Sarasota from Chicago, Rebecca is originally from Michigan.  She has two children: Jordan, 14 and Jacob, 9, who attends IVMS.  Rebecca also studied elementary education at Central Michigan University.  She attended Wellspring …

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Kathy Schultz, LE 23, Early Childhood


Kathy Schultz is a Sarasota native. She was married 27 years and has two children, Mike and Kimberly. Kathy has worked with children for over 15 years. She is currently attending SCF to get her AS in early childhood and is certified as a VPK instructor. Her favorite vacation is to go to Ft. Myers beach for …

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Dawn Esposito, LE 23, Early Childhood

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Dawn joins our early childhood staff in 2014-2015. She first became interested in Montessori education as a parent volunteer. Dawn is being trained through Montessori Live in the new early childhood program.
Link to class page.

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Tammy Balser, LE 8, Elementary

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Tammy Balser joined IVMS in 2001 and is a founding member of the IVMS faculty. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a BS in elementary education. She is ESL endorsed. In addition, she has her Montessori elementary certification from the North American Progressive Montessori Teaching Center. Tammy enjoys teaching our youngest students. …

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Lisa Calogero, LE 8, Elementary


Lisa joins our lower elementary campus in 2014-2015. Lisa has worked at IVMS in our after school program and drama program. She is also the parent of an IVMS graduate, who is currently in high school. In 2010, Lisa moved with her son to Sarasota from London, England where she studied art and design. Lisa has diplomas …

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Brandie Flee, LE 9, Elementary

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Brandie joined IVMS this year and is teaching kindergarten.  Brandie graduated from the University of Alabama with her bachelor’s degree through the Multiple Abilities Program. She was certified in kindergarten-6th grade Elementary Education, kindergarten-6th ESE, and preschool education.  She just recently graduated with her Master’s  in kindergarten-12th grade literacy instruction. Brandie was a reading coach …

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Joanna Dabrowski, LE 9, Elementary


  Joanna Dabrowski has been with IVMS since 2002. She has her AA in early childhood education, birth – 6 years old, from Housantic College in Connecticut. She completed her AMS 3-6 pre-primary  Montessori certification from Celebration Montessori School in Orlando, Florida. Joanna has worked with children since 1978. A strong interest is assisting children with …

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Kellie Loucks, LE 10, Elementary


Kellie Loucks joined IVMS in 2011 and has been teaching at the preschool level for four years. She has completed the Florida child care professional credential, Department of Children and Families Director’s credential and VPK Director’s endorsement. Kellie has her bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts and is state certified to teach …

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Shaena Smith, LE 10, Elementary


Shaena Smith joins the IVMS team in 2014. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2011 with a Bachelor of Elementary Education. She holds a K-6 teaching certificate as well as an ESOL endorsement. Prior to working at IVMS, Shaena was a Sarasota County substitute for various grade levels and also worked in …

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Kristin Comeau, LE 10, Elementary

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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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Brittany Bianco, LE 10, Elementary


Brittany Bianco joined the IVMS staff in 2013 working with the IVMS Theatre Stars program and assisting with the IVMS aftercare program. During the 2014-2015 school year, Brittany worked as an administrative assistant for the Secondary program and assisted the IVMS choir. In 2015, Brittany joined the faculty as an assistant educator and will continue to …

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Elaine Palmore, LE11, Elementary, Faculty Montessori Live


Elaine began her Montessori teaching career in 1975 at The Children’s House in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was an educator and director of aftercare services for 14 years.   She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her Certification in …

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Lacey Bishop, LE 11, Elementary


Bio coming soon!

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Francesca Tulski, LE 13, Elementary


Francesca Tulski moved to the Venice area in 2011 from Connecticut, where she worked as a primary Montessori guide at a Hartford magnet school for 3 years. Prior to that she worked in a public school and taught grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. She is certified by the States of Florida and Connecticut for …

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Elaine Woodmancy, LE 13, Elementary


Elaine Woodmancy, originally from Valparaiso, Indiana, joined IVMS in 2015. She moved to Florida in 1996 and received both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work from University of South Florida. She is obtaining her Montessori educator training through Montessori Live. When not at school, you can find Elaine spending time outdoors with …

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Erika Berrones, LE 15, Elementary


Erika Berrones joined IVMS in 2013 at the Sarasota campus and joined the Venice campus in 2014. She has an associates degree from State College of Florida. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of South Florida. Erika began her journey working with children in 2004 by educating home-schooled …

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Beth Friend, LE 15, Elementary


Beth Friend moved to the Venice area in 2015 from the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Maryland, where she worked as an elementary teacher for 18 years.  She is a graduate from Frostburg State University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, & Middle School Education.  Beth also has a Master’s degree …

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Mydahlia Glover, LE 17, Elementary


Mydahlia is originally from the Bronx, New York, and has been living in Florida since 2002. In 1991 Mydahlia received her bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York. After college, she worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines, traveling all over the world and admiring the uniqueness of each culture. After having …

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Cathy Baer, LE 17, Elementary


Cathy Baer joins the IVMS team in 2014. She graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2013 with a Bachelor of Elementary Education. Prior to working at IVMS, Cathy was a Charlotte County substitute for various grade levels and worked at the local YMCA in the childcare and camp department.  Teaching and mentoring children is Cathy’s …

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Kristin Deree, LE 18, Elementary


Kristin Deree has been working in the field of early childhood education for nineteen years as an educator, writer, program director, and presenter.  Kristin joined Island Village in 2013 to teach in the lower elementary program. She is so happy and excited to join a classroom community of children after a number of years in …

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Cara Jacob , LE 18, Elementary


 Cara joined IVMS during the 2014-2015 school year as a co-educator in a 1st/2nd grade learning environment. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Central Florida and pursued a career in social work. While volunteering at IVMS in her sister-in-law’s classroom (teaching runs in the family!), she fell in love with the …

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