Ms. Jacqueline Gardner
Jacqueline has served grades six through twelve for the past 20 years. She is familiar and comfortable with the behaviors, academic standards and challenges of secondary students in both traditional and alternative settings. She has become an advocate for modernizing the education process and taking it out of the constraints of an entrenched traditional system. Jacqueline serves IvyTech as its guiding visionary and encourages a supportive environment which promotes student-centered program development and pedagogical innovation.
Mr. Geoff Frankl
Mathematics Teacher/IT Manager/Administrative Designee
Geoff has been working in the field of mathematics instruction for over a decade. He has worked with a wide range of students, from the Elementary to the Post-Secondary levels, in subjects ranging from basic arithmetic to Calculus and Statistics. He has experience working with at-risk students, as well as the highly gifted and talented. Geoff has a passion for teaching and thoroughly enjoys helping students succeed and get the most out of their educational experience. Geoff is also excited to explore the burgeoning field of 3D design/printing and share his knowledge with students. This is a realm of technology that will transform the workplace of Tomorrow – Geoff believes that IvyTech graduates should have a hand in leading the way.
Ms. Adreanna Diaz
History Teacher/Academic Counselor
Adreanna has over 10 years experience working in education and over 17 years working with children and adolescents. She has taught at IvyTech since its first days in 2010 and feels incredibly lucky to be a part of such an innovative school she believes in wholeheartedly. Her philosophy is that ALL students are capable of receiving a quality education and achieving both academic and personal success. She looks forward to providing her students a quality education and facilitating their growth as they attain their goals.
Mrs. Rebecca Jacobs
Rebecca has been teaching and designing curriculum in both virtual and brick and mortar settings for over ten years. She has a Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from UCSB, a teaching credential from CSUN and a Bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in Anthropology and International Studies. She teaches all levels of English and History here at IvyTech. She works to incorporate hands on and project based learning in her courses including the English 11 video component and the English 10 game design component. She is also piloting the “Big History Project” as a 10th grade World History option. She is a dedicated educator who is committed to helping every student reach their full potential.
Ms. Dana Scheumaker
Dana has a strong passion for teaching science, technology, engineering and math. She has a Master’s degree from the USC and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from CSU Monterey Bay. Dana has experience with teaching complex concepts in Chemistry, Biology, Life Science, Earth Science, Algebra, and other STEM related courses. The foundation of her pedagogy is to cultivate a caring and inclusive classroom environment and to implement Project Based Learning and Next Generation Science Standards in real-world lessons. Dana also believes in developing students into kind and confident learners by adapting academic content into their 21st century skills. When not at school, Dana enjoys swimming, reading, yoga and traveling. On Saturday mornings you can find her and her son at Underwood Family Farms picking produce and feeding the animals.
Ms. Diana Conner
Diana has been with IvyTech for four years. Prior to arriving at IvyTech, Diana worked with the County ROP (Regional Ocupational Program) and the Court and Community schools as both a registrar and office manager. Along with her many talents, Diana brings with her the warmest of personalities and is the first point of contact for IvyTech. She is the owner of the voice that greets you over the phone and the smile that welcome you through our front doors.
Mr. Steven Collazo
Music Teacher/Independent Study Advisor
As an IvyTech alumni, Steven is in a unique position to truly understand what it takes for a student to succeed in our program. He works closely with students enrolled in the Independent Study program as both a guide and a liason. Steven is also our resident musical expert teaching a range of music courses, as well as Audio Engineering. Steven was the driving force behind the creation of Studio 19B – IvyTech’s profesional-grade recording studio.
Ms. Amber Marovitz
Art Teacher/Independent Study Advisor
Amber is the art elective teacher for middle school and high school students. She has experience in multiple areas of fine arts as well as a professional background in special effects makeup for film and television. She feels that students will benefit from an art course due to its important contribution to divergent thinking skills as well as self-esteem building.