Venice Early Childhood & Elementary

Gail Jacquelin, LE 23, Director Early Childhood


Gail Jacquelin has been an IVMS staff member since 2006. Gail received her child development accreditation and AMS early childhood Montessori certification from OMTEI in Orlando. She continues working on a degree program in early childhood at the South Florida University.Gail was born in South Africa and lived there until her family immigrated to the …

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Kathy Schultz, LE 23, Early Childhood


Kathy Schultz is a Sarasota native. She has been 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 …

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Dawn Esposito, LE 23, Early Childhood

Dawn Esposito

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

Tammy Balser L

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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Jennifer Campbell, LE 9, Elementary


Jennifer’s background in Montessori education began in the late 1980’s. She is trained in both early childhood and Elementary I. Teaching in both public and private Montessori schools have given Jennifer a wealth of experience with urban as well as suburban settings.  She is also trained as a validator for both Middle States Association and …

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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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Joanna Dabrowski, LE 10, 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 is completing her AMS 3-6 pre-primary  Montessori certification from Celebration Montessori School in Orlando, Florida. Joanna has worked with children with special needs since 1978. A main …

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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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Elaine Palmore, LE11, Elementary, Faculty Montessori Live


In 2013, Elaine returned to IVMS after five years of working for Middle Tennessee State University as the director of the Child Development Center. From 2003 to 2008, Elaine worked at IVMS as an elementary school educator and administrator.  Elaine earned her early childhood Montessori credential from MECA-Seton in Chicago and her elementary certification from …

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Rebecca Brown, LE 11, Elementary


Rebecca joined IVMS in 2014. Rebecca is a certified Montessori educator with an associates degree in Early Child Development from North Central Michigan College. Rebecca’s family recently moved to Sarasota from Chicago, although she is originally from Michigan.  She has two children; Jordan is 14, and Jacob is 9 and attends IVMS.  Rebecca also studied elementary education …

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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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Lisa Stortstrom, LE 13, Elementary


Lisa Stortstrom joined IVMS in 2014-2015. She is Montessori certified in and has taught early childhood and lower elementary learning environments. Her elementary certification is from The Institute of Advanced Montessori Studies in Chevy Chase, MD. Lisa has also taught special education in both Montessori charter and public school settings. She has a master’s degree in …

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Jason Hunter, LE 14, Elementary Team Leader Venice


Jason Hunter has been an educator at IVMS since 2007. He has his professional teaching certificate in elementary education K-6. In 2012, Jason completed the Montessori Live MACTE certification program for lower elementary (EI) and is certified in Montessori education. In 2013, Jason obtained his ESE (exceptional student education) endorsement and took on the additional …

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Yayle Jacob, LE 14, Elementary

Yayle Jacob

Yayle Jacob, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) in 2008 with a bachelor of arts in elementary education. After graduating, Yayle moved to Venice, and began working in a pre-school environment. After five years working with a variety of age groups at the early childhood level, Yayle decided to …

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Myrna Bonhomme, LE 16, Elementary


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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Harper Perez-Bazan, LE 16, Elementary


 Harper Perez joined IVMS in 2014. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Harper has a great interest in child development, education, and the sociological/environmental factors therein. She is also a musician and artist. She attended Countryside Montessori School in Sarasota at the age of four …

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Sandra Goyette, LE 15, Elementary

Sandra Goyette

Sandy Goyette joined Island Village Montessori School in January 2014.  She moved to Florida from Massachusetts in June of 2013 and is thoroughly enjoying the area and the weather!  Sandy earned her Bachelor of Education from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA and her Master of Education from Framingham State University in Framingham, MA, 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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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 seventeen 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 joins our elementary faculty in 2014-2015. Bio coming soon!

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