Meet Your
iLEAD Online Facilitators

2016-2017 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

My name is Alexa Hale and 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.”

Allison Bravo

When I was in high school, I thought History was boring and irrelevant. I slept through most of U.S. History my junior year. My sophomore year of college, I took a History of American Business class and fell in love with what history could be. I changed my major to Secondary Education in Social Studies, and the rest is history! I graduated from University of Hawaii at Manoa and taught in Hawaii for 4 years. I moved back to Mammoth Lakes, where I grew up, and started teaching online history. I really loved the online interaction with learners that developed through online learning and facilitating. The best thing about my job is hearing what connections and insights learners make to history as well as hearing learners propose solutions to contemporary issues-I always feel like our future is in good hands with such innovative, compassionate, and thoughtful youth thinking about how to make the world a better place. I live in Santa Clarita with my husband, French Bulldog, and two young children. I love to practice yoga, pet and interact with horses and other barn animals, grow food, and be outdoors. I am honored to be a part of the iLEAD family and serve such inspirational youth.
World History, United States History
Ben Williams

Ben Williams

Hi there. I am 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

Hi there!
My name is Ms. Coulter, or Ms. C if you prefer. 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!
Chemistry, Middle School Science
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

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

Kate Wolfe

Hello, My name is Katherine Wolfe (Kate), and 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

Hi, my name is Mrs. 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.
Criminal Justice
Kobe Jones

Kobe Jones

Hi, I’m 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 creates digital art. I’m available via Remind for communication with students at any time.
Innovations Tutor
Kristena Wampler

Kristena Wampler

Kristena Wampler I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in History and a minor in Social Sciences from Lindenwood University. From the time I entered high school I knew I had a passion for education and soft sciences. SCVi was the first to give me an opportunity to explore my passion. The family and strong community I am a part of go a long way to fill the void of the family I miss every day since moving from St. Louis, Missouri. Outside of school I enjoy playing and refereeing ice hockey. My biggest fan is my fiance and soon to be wife.
Economics, Government, Innovations Studios Orientation Guide
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
Lynne Nirattisai

Lynne Nirattisai

Most people think the strangest thing about me is I love math! But it’s true. I didn’t like it much in school until I took calculus for the first time in the twelfth grade. I have a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in engineering, but teaching is what I really love. Last year was my first year teaching, which I spent teaching Math 8 at SCVi. In my spare time, you’ll probably find me at home with my husband and our brand new baby boy, James, who was born just this July.
Math
Mandy Larkins

Mandy Larkins

Hello, my name is Mandy Larkins and 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

Hi I’m Myrna Lozano and 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! My name is Natalie Teichmann and 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

Hi,
My name is Ms 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 1-2, English 6-12
Suzanne Skomsvold

Suzanne Skomsvold

Hey!
I'm so happy to get to get to have this opportunity to share ideas and stories and life lessons from subjects I am deeply interested in. For 20 years, I have taught (and continued to study) United States history, world history, psychology and sociology. My degree is in behavioral science with a masters degree in educational leadership. I live in Ventura with my husband and daughter where we enjoy bike riding, beach walks and the occasional hike. I love to ski, read just about every kind of book I can get my hands on and am starting a blog, which is turning out to be one of the most adventurous things I've ever done. I look forward to getting to know you!
Innovations Studios Coordinator