Jacquie Bryant, IVA's founding principal, regards personal formation and character growth and development as a primary goal in education for both students and staff. Ms. Bryant is IVA's second employee and arrived shortly after IVA's Charter was written by its founders, authorized by LBUSD. Ms. Bryant jumped on board in time to be a part of curriculum selection and has hired each teacher and staff member, leads professional development and strategic planning with the board, and is privileged to found an academic program grounded in IVA's mission and vision.
Ms. Bryant was previously an English teacher for ten years at a comprehensive high school, San Pedro HS in LA Unified where she taught all levels of English Language Arts. As a teacher she appreciated classrooms where students engaged with the complexity of knowledge and awareness of their own learning at the same time. At San Pedro High, Ms. Bryant also worked as an instructional coach, helping lead professional development and the WASC accreditation process. While Ms. Bryant was teaching at SPHS she earned a a single subject clear credential in English from Cal State Long Beach a Master's in Rhetoric and Composition and and an Administrative credential from Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Ms. Bryant finds transformation and flourishing in the language of virtues and intellectual character and is a part of creating a community where that language creates culture. She believes that intellectual character growth is personally meaningful for everyone involved at the school, and specifically seeks to support the culture of adults at a school as it has a direct impact on the culture of thinking that students experience. She finds meaning and purpose in the language of the virtues and its impact on teaching and learning and on her own continued intellectual character growth.
Ms. Bryant is currently enrolled in the University of Birmingham's Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues studying for a Masters in Character Education.