English and Physical Education Teacher
Ms. Flower is so excited to be teaching Literature and Composition as well as Physical Education this year! Ms. Flower graduated from Biola University with her BA in English and Secondary Education. She began her career in the Norwalk La Mirada School District as a middle and high school teacher where she gained experience in teaching English Literature & Composition, English as a Second Language, and intervention courses for students learning English as a second language.
Prior to joining IVA’s staff, Ms. Flower had a wonderful experience teaching at Da Vinci Science High School in Hawthorne, CA where she taught English Literature as well as electives like Creative Writing and English Support to English Learners. Ms. Flower is presently working on a Masters in Teaching at Biola University where she is focusing on effective learning strategies for teachers to use with students who have learned English as a second language.
Ms. Flower loves to be active and is excited to be teaching Physical Education for the first time. She accomplished an exciting goal when she ran the Long Beach half marathon a few years ago. One of her favorite sports to play is volleyball; she played volleyball in high school, as well as intramural volleyball in college. She has been a lifelong swimmer, spending four summers in Jr. Lifeguards in Huntington Beach as a teenager and swimming competitively in high school. Ms. Flower loves to read (of course!), practice yoga, write, travel, spend time in the outdoors, take her dog, Gracie, for long walks, cook, and spend time with her family, friends, and housemates.
"I was drawn to IVA because of the commitment to academic growth as well as character development through the intellectual virtues. I believe so strongly in the mission and vision of IVA. Students are encouraged to be curious about the world, to ask thought-provoking questions, and to continually wonder. It is a gift to work in such a life-giving community."