Social Science Teacher
Caitlin holds a Single Subject Credential in Social Science from CSULB, as well as a BA in Sociology & Urban Studies from SFSU. Before IVA, Ms Fountain taught at Millikan High School (PEACE program), taught elementary school ESL classes for recent immigrant students, and worked as a K-12 substitute in LBUSD schools.
Before being involved in Education, Caitlin lived and worked in Nicaragua for two years in a community-driven non-profit that sought to reduce poverty and inequality through the creation of sustainable systems of employment and equal access to education for all children. She also lived in Big Sur as a property caretaker for a native plant estate. Caitlin enjoys speaking Spanish, traveling, working with plants, reading, and spending time with her friends, family, and husband, Jonatan. Jonatan and Caitlin recently welcomed twin babies into the world!
“As a life-long advocate of learning and thinking deeply and critically, IVA’s pedagogical theories of student development and empowerment struck a chord with me. The beauty of exploring Social Science and Social Justice with our students leads to deep questions and thoughtful conversations about our society and the world we live in. I learn from and with my students on a daily basis, especially through the cultivation of the virtues model. I am particularly motivated by the virtues of open-mindedness and intellectual autonomy. Here at IVA, I am excited to help strengthen our students desire to become not only deep thinkers, but thoughtful, empathetic and active community members.”