Meet The Faculty
Daniel comes to IVA High after spending years in education—first as a private tutor and then as a teacher. He received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his Master's in Teaching from Point Loma Nazarene University. Daniel has taught math in Orange County and San Diego, working with students from both the middle and high school levels in a wide range of courses, including nearly everything from Integrated Math 7 through AP Calculus.
"I chose IVA High because its core virtues look at advancing education in innovative ways. My goal is to find and implement new, research-supported methods to teach math, and to help students think critically while integrating technology in ways that extend and support student learning."
Jessica is excited to be joining the IVA High community! She earned her BA in History from UC Berkeley and Santa Barbara City College and received her teaching credential from Cal State LA. Prior to joining IVA High, she worked in K-12 education for several years in the San Diego and San Gabriel Valley areas. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, collecting records, and photography. Jessica was drawn to working with students at IVA to help engage with learning in new and exciting ways.
College and Career Teacher/Outreach Team
Marisol graduated with a B.A. in Spanish from California State University, Long Beach, where she also obtained her teaching credential. Before teaching, she worked for three years with students with social-cognitive deficits. She joined the IVA High community to show her students that language learning can be personable, engaging, and culturally relevant to their lives.
"I am eager to be involved with the school community and grow as an educator at IVA High. I look forward to pursuing a Master's in Education in School Counseling in the future."
We are excited to welcome Ryan Oxford as our art teacher this year. Ryan is teaching Art II, developing a digital world through the UNREAL platform. Ryan is a highly creative individual who has spent 25 years in various innovative industries as both a content creator and entrepreneur. He has thrived in the Hollywood ecosystem having written and produced multiple television and film projects for Universal Pictures, Disney, New Line Cinema, Warner Bros., MTV and others. Click HERE for his bio.
"IVA High presented me with a great challenge and therefore a wonderful opportunity to build an art program that truly speaks to the future demands of our student's post-graduate journey. IVA High has supported an evolving definition of artistic expression to include, not just tactile mediums, but digital applications that further foster a student's inherent curiosity. I look forward to working alongside IVA High staff and its students to explore what it means to be an artist in a digital world." - Ryan Oxford
John Rodriguez, NBCT
John came to teaching English with a background in advertising, creative writing, musical performance, and parenting. All of those pursuits require creative approaches to solving problems and being able to communicate those ideas. He joined our English department after 12 years with LAUSD, including teaching Honors, AP, Journalism and Yearbook. He completed a fellowship with Teach Plus, an education reform think tank, and became a National Board Certified Teacher.
"I firmly believe in the role of character growth on academic achievement. I say things like, "Effort equals results," and "I don't teach English; I teach humans." Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the Intellectual Virtues Academy was completely staffed by like-minded professionals! I chose to work at the IVA High to bring my enthusiasm, creativity and rigor to this community. I also chose to enroll my son at the middle school. I'm all in."
Associate Director and Humanities Teacher
Throughout his academic career, Dustin has been devoted to engaging K-12 students on a variety of topics in the humanities and philosophy. He is currently a PhD candidate with a focus on environmental ethics, at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he has taught a wide range of courses, including Logic, Introduction to Philosophy, and Environmental Ethics. He has a very comprehensive career teaching students of all ages, including earning a fellowship to teach and develop curriculum for a high school International Baccalaureate course.
"IVA High offers a rare opportunity for students and teachers to develop habits of mind that support good lives, strong relationships, and inclusive communities. It allows us space to investigate big, philosophical questions, apply our thinking to real, relevant social issues, and reflect on our thinking in a way that fosters critical, engaged, and compassionate citizens. This is, I think, the best we can hope for as we try to build supportive, forward-thinking communities. I am humbled to be part of such a passionate, intentional community of inquiry."