IVA Support Staff

Linda Ekblad

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Linda was born and raised in the South of England where she completed her Studies with a background in Event Planning and Hotel Sales.  Prior to gaining experience in the hospitality industry, Linda enjoyed backpacking for eighteen months around the South Pacific, where she enjoyed the flavors and cultures.  

Linda has a passion for growing organic vegetables for her family, to enjoy the benefits of good nutrition.        She believes that we should all live and eat well.

"I was drawn to IVA due to my friendship with Danielle Montiel and a passion for working with children. I value each student’s individuality and appreciate and embrace those who struggle to learn. My hope is that I can share my ideas and curiosity to explore the world."

Nathan Perez-Yi

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Nathan completed an International Studies degree at LBSU in 2018. Prior to completing his degree, he experienced a year long study abroad program in Spain where he enjoyed the food, culture, and hanging out in the city neighborhoods. Nathan has recently been accepted as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala and will be departing in September 2019. 

"I was drawn to IVA by the staff's culture of inclusivity and their alternative approach to teaching in an environment that promotes a space of learning and curiosity. IVA's mission has taught me more about the middle school mind and has inspired me to pursue Peace Corps' Youth in Development program."

Kai Karafotis

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Kai is a current Chapman student pursuing a BFA in Production Design for Film with a minor in Studio Art. Through his educational pursuits, Kai has retained a strong love for math, and worked as a math instructor for a year and a half. He empowers students through empathy and patience, and hopes to embrace their individuality to help them grow.

"IVAs sense of academic excellence through compassion really spoke to me as an educator. The values of IVA promote genuine learning, and I’m excited to embrace the virtues to create a positive learning environment that I can carry with me to any work environment."

 

Lindsey Baur

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Lindsey came to Long Beach for school from the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated with her BA in kinesiology from CSULB in 2021. While happily working at a local coffee shop, her passion for holistic health, wellness and development has led her to an intern position at Kevala Ayurveda Wellness and to IVA.

In her free time this past year, Lindsey has become an avid runner taking part in many SoCal race events. She is always up to some new activity as she seeks adventure and new experiences every day.

"I was drawn to IVA through its focus on the holistic development of their students as individuals, and their mission to teach habits of learning which supports students’ passions and lifelong exploration of themselves and the world around them."

Tiffany Salazar

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Tiffany was born in Los Angeles and raised in the city of El Monte. Earned my B.S in kinesiology from Cal Poly Pomona and was a member of the Women's Soccer Team for two years. She is in the process of pursuing her Physical Education teaching credential at CSULB. Tiffany plans to advocate the value of sports and movement, which contribute to living a healthy lifestyle by promoting physical activity and healthy habits that can improve the quality of life.

"I was drawn to IVAs unique approach to teaching that invites students to explore, practice and apply a set of virtues to their study habits in an environment that is safe and allows room for individuality. The opportunity to know themselves and live well as the vision statement states which brings significance to their day to day life on and off campus."