Meet Your
iLEAD Online Facilitators

2017-2018 Academic Year

What makes iLEAD Online truly unique and innovative in the world of online education is the ongoing real-time collaboration between you and your facilitator. When you take an iLEAD Online class you are not simply going through a package of materials and delivering canned answers to a computer program!

We are proud of the highly experienced and qualified instructors that will be facilitating for our learners this year. Each one brings their own unique talents and experience to their subject areas. And most importantly, they are present to assist each and every learner making sure all iLEAD Online courses deliver rigorous authentic experiences and deeper learning.

Alexa Hale

Alexa Hale

I am a middle school facilitator who truly loves what I do. I have always known I wanted to teach because I grew up with a fantastic role model of a teacher- she just so happens to be my mom! I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Belmont Abbey College, NC and I am currently credentialed in both North Carolina and California. Currently, I am in my fifth year as a 6th grade facilitator at SCVi Charter School, my 2nd year as a Project-Based Learning Coach for iLead, and I am very excited to begin my adventure working with iLead Online! My philosophy is to provide an interesting and challenging learning environment where learners will flourish socially, emotionally, and academically. Once I began working with iLead, I knew I was home for these reasons. I love being a part of a growing resource of schools that are dedicated to providing our learners with the skills they will need to thrive in the ever evolving work force of the 21st Century. I believe in the philosophy where learners hone their skills as leaders by applying the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens; discover their learning style as well as apply the knowledge garnered from meaningful projects. Learning in this manner will prepare them to collaboratively work with their peers in the future and take the risks that innovators must in order to create new solutions, products or understandings. As said by my favorite author, J. K. Rowling, “Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared… We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.”
Ben Williams

Ben Williams

I grew up in sunny So Cal. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in 2006. I lived in Kansas City for 6 years. Having the weather changes was always fun to watch. Alas, the time came to move back to be near my family. I got my credential from CSUF in 2012. After being a substitute teacher for a year, I got a job teaching humanities at iLEAD SCVi. I have found the perfect job for my temperament and personality. I am excited to help with iLEAD's online social studies. Please do not hesitate to ask questions, we are here to serve.
Brooke Coulter

Brooke Coulter

I am an educator originally from Colorado, now residing in sunny Southern California. Why would you leave Colorado you might ask? The answer is simple, my daughter was bitten by the acting bug, so here we are! My original training was as a scientist and I have degrees in Cell and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Virology, and Science Education. I have worked for National Geographic and the USDA, which was very fun. Though research was super interesting, I prefer to interact with students! My spare time is spent outdoors appreciating nature, throwing the Frisbee with my Blue Heeler, and playing card/board games with my family. I am excited to work with you!
Science
Cindy Kobler

Cindy Kobler

My hope is that I can help you discover that amazing story within you so you can write it down on paper or computer screen or parchment (if you're like Hamilton). I write with my husband, Flip Kobler, and together we've been produced in just about every medium. Here's a few of the things we've written: Disney's LION KING 2 Simba's Pride (we actually created the characters Kovu and Kiara), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Enchanted Christmas and STAR TREK, Deep Space Nine. But we also have over four dozen published plays, three non-fiction books, and a Golden Retriever named Waiter (who is the cutest puppy in the land.) Creative Writing
Collin Haynes

Collin Haynes

My degree is in Animal Science, and I am a Certified Lab Animal Technologist. I also worked in pet care management and even managed a pet resort at one point. I moved my family from Washington, D.C. to Valencia for an opportunity to work at SCVi, and I love it!
Erin Jones

Erin Jones

I have taught art and photography for over 23 years in Seattle and Southern California public schools. I am proud to be a part of iLEAD charter schools. iLEAD is truly innovative and allows for creative solutions to best personalize learning for our children. Teaching online is a passion for me, I love the flexibility and unlimited possibilities our digital culture provides allowing artists to create when and where we find inspiration. I have two adult children, my son who lives on the island of Kauai, and my daughter who lives in Portland.
Director of Online Programs, iLEAD Schools; Photography 1, 2, Exploring Visual Art, Digital Illustration
Emilie Evenson

Emilie Evenson

I am a Cal Lutheran graduate. I earned a degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Biology. I have a creative and inquisitive mind which makes me constantly seek for a deeper meaning in education. I am intrigued with alternative and progressive methods of educating and my thirst for knowledge/practice makes me constantly explore a new book to read about education. I decided that I wanted to be a teacher my second year of college. I was originally a pre-med major who decided that education needed to change after I was unhappy with how my professors were teaching science. My roommates were aspiring teachers and told me to try out a creative teaching class. I loved the class and knew after the first class that I was destined to be a teacher, even though I spent my whole life saying she didn't want to be a teacher because both of my parents were educators. After a year of student teaching, I questioned being a teacher because I disagreed with the traditional system. I didn’t like how it “boxed” kids, fitting one mold. My mom told her to at least try Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School (SCVi) for a year and then make my decision. I tried out SCVi and ended up LOVING it! Project based learning and social emotional learning is exactly what I am passionate about. I love to think outside the box and take on new challenges: in and out of the classroom. I have a passion for DIY: I even made my own furniture for my house! I am also passionate about sports. I plan to go back to school to finish up my masters in counseling.
Biology, Physical Education, Health
Jenny Slider

Jenny Slider

Jenny has been an educational psychologist/doula for the past 13 years, and an educator for over 22 years. She received a B.A. from UCLA and a M.Ed. from CSUN. She began her career as a preschool teacher and then became a elementary school teacher after graduating from college. For the last 13 years, Jenny has also been homeschooling her youngest 5 children. It has been one of the best decisions of her life!! Her children are truly her teachers. Jenny is happily married to her best friend and is also a proud grandma of 3. She considers herself a perpetual student as she strives to forever learn and grow. Jenny encourages others to see learning as an adventure. She understands that we are all unique individuals who learn in different ways. Jenny loves to help students and families find their own unique path to success. “Love heals. Heals and liberates. I use the word love, not meaning sentimentality, but a condition so strong that it may be that which holds the stars in their heavenly positions and that which causes the blood to flow orderly in our veins.”
Kate Wolfe

Kate Wolfe

I have been a teacher for 14 years. I have experience teaching at all different levels, and I love what I do! I have my Bachelor's degree in American Literature and Culture from UCLA and my Master's degree in English and World literature from CSUN. I also have my California single subject and multiple subject credentials. After years of teaching both online and in traditional face to face classes, I have come to really value the learning experience that online teaching offers. I can honestly say that I love learning, and I think it's such an honor to be able to help others in their educational pursuits. In my free time, I ride horses and spend as much time as possible with my amazing husband and four wonderful kids.
Katie Soto

Katie Soto

Before teaching, I worked on prescription drug theft investigations for 12 years. I am originally from the Boston area and moved to California 7 years ago to lead a team of investigators in the Los Angeles area. I have a Bachelors and Masters degree in Criminal Justice. I have three young children, ages 5, 3, and 1, who keep me very busy. I also love cooking and Boston sports.
Social Sciences
Kobe Jones

Kobe Jones

I’ve worked and assisted with different areas at SCVi, including Kids Club, on-site tutoring, and online course tutoring. I’ve studied in Tokyo at Kudan Institute of Japanese Language & Culture and often create digital art. I’m available for tutoring via Remind for communication with students at any time.
Innovations Tutor
Laureen Agee

Laureen Agee

I bring many years of teaching experience at all grade levels along with a passion for creating exciting learning situations to my teaching and classes. With a background in elementary, middle, high school, adult and alternative learning classes, my philosophy includes helping learners connect with what is relevant and important within the learner's life in order to support achievement. I believe that my effective teaching and connecting with learners help everyone be successful and achieve goals, and I mean everyone. I believe that with a bit of work, everyone can progress. My extensive training includes both a classroom credential as well as an Education Specialist credential, all of which support utilizing a wide variety of instructional methods to meet individual learner's needs. On a personal level, I love the outdoors, gardening, reading, family time, history, and volunteering in various organizations. I love getting to know my students on a personal level, so that we can connect and learn in a way that relates to each individual. I look forward to meeting and getting to know each of my students this year.
Psychology, Sociology
Mandy Larkins

Mandy Larkins

I love teaching math. I am a mother of 5 children ranging in ages from 6 to 17. As my kids have gone through various grades I've seen a variety of learning styles and teaching techniques. I graduated from Brigham Young University in Secondary Education of Mathematics. Over the years I've been involved in various teaching endeavors. I taught Algebra at Utah Valley University, worked in a math lab, did numerous years of tutoring, taught at Learn Beyond the Book and I am currently an Education Facilitator. I love the families I get to work with as a facilitator. In my free time I enjoy training for marathons, going to the beach, camping, and watching my kids play basketball and football. Algebra, Geometry, Integrated Math 1, Middle School Math
Myrna Lozano

Myrna Lozano

I am currently an Innovation Studios Guide at iLead Pacoima and have been a middle school facilitator for the past 5 years. I have an expertise in the field of history and earned my degree at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. I have been in the teaching field for about six years. At a very young age, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in education, and it was only a matter of time before I discovered my love for history. Learning about different cultures and civilizations has always been an area of interest, and I enjoy sharing that knowledge with others. I was raised in Baldwin Park, California, a predominantly Latino community. I’ve had the privilege of growing up in a bilingual home to parents of Mexican descent. I have two older sisters and a younger brother. When I’m not at iLEAD Pacoima, I like to cook, spend time with my family, especially with my nieces and nephews, as well as stay active by hiking, kickboxing and traveling.
Innovations Orientation Guide
Natalie Teichmann

Natalie Teichmann

Bonjour! I am excited to be teaching French and Yoga online. I graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in French and am currently pursuing my Masters of Education with a concentration in Mindfulness at Antioch University New England. I have lived and taught in France, Spain, Venezuela, Texas, Australia, and currently Los Angeles. I love traveling and immersing myself in different cultures and lifestyles. I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training in Australia and am currently finishing up my second year of the Yoga Therapy Rx program at Loyola Marymount University. I am the head of the physical education and French department at iLEADNoHo and am thrilled to be incorporating my passions into my daily lessons.
French 1, 2, Yoga
Pamela Van Velsir

Pamela Van Velsir

I am a native Californian and am currently living in San Diego, or as we fondly call it, Paradise! I have been retired from public school teaching for three years now and am enjoying teaching and writing for the online curriculum at iLead. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and an English Authorization. I taught elementary school for five years and Junior High School for sixteen years. The other five years of my teaching experience were spent working in the office as a Curriculum Resource Teacher, AVID Coordinator and GATE Coordinator. I have three adult children and soon-to-be six grandchildren. I spend much of my spare time with my friends, family, and hanging out in beautiful San Diego with my two labrador retrievers. I am very happy to be a part of iLead online and I’m excited to be working with learners again.
Spanish 1, English 6-9