IVA Support Staff

Victoria Dries

b_350_438_16777215_00_images_bioimages_victoriadries.jpgSubstitute & Instructional Aide

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Mrs. V was born and raised in Sacramento, and lived there until 2016, when they moved to Long Beach to attend CSULB. Mrs. V completed a Bachelor's in English Education, and was recently accepted into the Single Subject Teaching Credential Program in English Education at CSULB. In addition, they hold their substitute credentials, and sub at IVA often.

Mrs. V gained experience working with students while holding a position as an office assistant and tutor at Folsom Lake Community College. They were also a tutor at CSULB for a pilot program for college students. While in college, one of the poems that they wrote, along with a digital art illustration, were published in a literary magazine. They were also selected for CHESS (California Higher Education Student Summit), a summit to equip individuals to lobby in Sacramento for changes to the Cal State Program's tuition regulations and requirements. 

“I appreciate that IVA invites students to think about perspectives that challenge their own. I appreciate other perspectives and enjoy cultivating that same open-mindedness with students. I attended a charter school, and appreciate an alternative to the traditional school system. My initial and continual desire to pursue education is to relate to the students that find school challenging and may struggle, because of my educational experience being similar."

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."

Patrick Lenertz

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Patrick was born and raised in Minnesota, and comes to IVA with a musical background and an intellectual thirst for social science, the human mind, humanities and philosophy. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music Degree, from the Bob Cole Conservatory at CSULB. He has spent the past ten years as a professional musician and music educator. Patrick has a continuous desire to learn and educate, which was illuminated during his experience as a private music instructor. Patrick enjoys spending time in nature via hiking, camping and backpacking.

"To me, true education is about learning and character-building in addition to test scores and analytics. IVA's mission to instill in it's students a foundation of how to learn and be a productive learner, as well as the importance of the processes of learning via it's nine master virtues, is a thoughtful, pragmatic, and creative approach to education. As an educator, it's difficult not to get excited about working with a school program that values education and growth while still following today's educational standards. We are all perpetual students of life; the wisdom students will gain as a result of IVA's mission can be utilized throughout their entire lives."

Camille Spath

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Camille has been involved in schools for most of her adult life. She taught physical education for 6 years, and worked as security, and a reading specialist aide in Oakland for 10 years. Camille also has experience as a school photographer for 15 years. 

"I am excited to join the IVA staff and students at IVA because it feels like family."