If you want to know what makes us different…it’s our teachers.
Our Michigan-certified teachers and supporting staff are the foundation of iCademy and the growth of your student. They are talented, passionate, patient, and specially trained to excel in all the subtleties of online teaching. iCademy teachers are drawn to virtual schools because they know all kids are different and learn in different and unique ways.
We operate on a teacher-led structure, so our teachers are leaders in their teaching and in making decisions about our school through what we call a School Responsibility (S.R.). Check out their information below!
Meet Ms. Carolyn Tummel!
My name is Ms. Allison and I have the pleasure of teaching our 2nd and 3rd grade virtual students, again this year. I have been here at iCademy for 4 years now and have loved being a part of our innovative K5 program. With experience teaching near my alma mater in Lansing (go green!), overseas and then joining the IES family, this has been a special place to continue my career as an ever-growing educator, 7 years young!
My favorite part of R.I.S.E. is respect. While every part of R.I.S.E. is important, I always feel the most welcome and free to share my ideas in places that are respectful. I love learning new ways to show respect from our amazing students and staff each and every day.
Hello! I am Ms. Rachel! I am the 4th/5th Grade Virtual Teacher here at iCademy! This is my third year teaching at iCademy and I absolutely love watching my students learn, explore, collaborate, and grow during our live lessons.
My favorite part of R.I.S.E. is stewardship! Sometimes we forget that showing kindness and stewardship can be the smallest of acts. Finding a spare moment to give someone a compliment or help them with a simple task can make a world of difference to that person!
My name is Mr. Joel and I am the 3rd-5th grade blended teacher. I have been working at iCademy since January 2021.
For me, my favorite component of R.I.S.E. is stewardship. To engage in stewardship means to have an awareness of self, and an awareness of others around you. When a person makes stewardship a core part of their day, it has the ability to change your day and the day of those around you.
Middle School Team
Hi! My name is Mr. Jacob and I am the middle school math teacher at iCademy. This is my third year at iCademy and my second year as the MS math teacher. I have really enjoyed teaching at iCademy and getting to know some really awesome students.
My favorite part of R.I.S.E. is integrity because if you have integrity, respect, stewardship, and engagement become second nature.
Hi! I am Mr. Nathan. I am excited to join the iCademy Global team! This is my first year with IES and have enjoyed my role as the Middle School (6-8) Social Studies teacher. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in middle school and now, I am back. I have always loved learning about social studies and history. As a teacher, I am thrilled to provide the different lens of history to students and provoke thought.
My favorite part of R.I.S.E. is integrity. I believe it is crucial to be honest and hold oneself accountable, as lacking it does not benefit anyone.
High School Team
Hi, I am the high school math teacher and teach Algebra 1 through Pre-Calculus and everything in between. I love teaching all levels of Math of iCademy. It sure beats my first job of delivering newspapers on my bicycle in my beighborhood. This is my third year teaching with iCademy and am grateful to have a great team to work with.
Stewardship is very important to me because I believe we all have something to contribute to our community. Everyone has needs and we all have ways we can help others. It is a great way to meet people outside your day to day circle and gain new experiences.
Hi, I’m Ms. Linda! Although I have many years of teaching experience at different levels, this is my first year at iCademy Global as the Work Based Learning teacher and I love my new position! I’m also teaching Advertising, Business Applications and assisting with Professional Development.
My name is Tori Banas and I am excited to combine both of my passions this year as the K-12 Physical Education and Art Teacher at iCademy! This is my 8th year teaching, but my 1st at iCademy! I absolutely love being able to help students learn how to live healthy and creative lives.
My favorite part of R.I.S.E. is integrity! When we are working in a group or by ourselves it is always important to remember that what we do matters! Integrity helps develop trust and confidence in yourself and those around you. “The time is always right, to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Hello! My name is Josefina Guillen-Henders. I am originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, so my native language is Spanish. I have been in the United States for over 25 years, but I still have most of my family in Mexico. I travel there a few times a year to see my family. I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2019 and this is my second year teaching Spanish at iCademy. iCademy has been a wonderful place to work and I have enjoyed teaching students Spanish!
My favorite part of R.I.S.E. is Global Awareness. Being from Mexico, I understand how important it is to respect and learn about different cultures. When we are aware of different culutres and look at the world in a global way, we stay open-minded and are willing to accept each other… even though we may be very different.
Meet Ms. Haley Prins!
Hi! I’m the High School Counselor and I have been at iCademy three years. As a school counselor, I work with all students within three domains: academic, post-secondary, and soical-emotional with the ultimate goal of setting all students up to be able to take whatever their next step after high school is, with confidence! My favorite part of my job is meeting and connecting with each and every student!
Stewardship is my favorite part of R.I.S.E. If you are engaging in stewardship, you likely have respect, integrity, and engagement since with stewardship you are paying attention to caring for the things around you. When you take the time to care for the things you have or that are around you, it can grow self-respect and respect for others (respect), give you a sense of purpose and satisfaction giving you the strength to do the right thing regardless of what others are seeing or saying (integrity), and can build community (engagement).
Hi! I’m Ms. Lisa and I am happy to be a Math Intervention teacher for iCademy for the second year! Math is my favorite subject to teach and I love seeing students learn math, from explaining a triangle and making 10 to calculating with the Pythagorean Theorem and trigonometry.
My favorite part of R.I.S.E. is engagement! I love witnessing students make their own understanding and stories with math concepts.
Hi! My name is Ms. Lyndi and I’m a Middle/High School mentor and a part of iCademy’s attendance team. This will be my second year at iCademy, and it’s been so fun to watch our students learn and grow and take on new challenges throughout my time here.
My favorite aspect of R.I.S.E. is engagement! When students are engaged, we can learn and have fun and grow together as a class and community.
Hello, I am Ms. Lindsay! This is my third year at iCademy after teaching in our sister schools Innocademy and Innocademy Allegan Campus. I am an Engagement Interventionist and I believe that every student can be successful when given the opportunity to learn in their best environment!
My favorite part of R.I.S.E. is integrity. Doing the right thing when no one is looking can be incredibly difficult but it will allow you to be the best version of yourself!
Special Education Team
Hello, I’m Ms. Megan. It’s my first year at iCademy as a High School Special Education Teacher and I’ve worked as a Special Education teacher for over 10 years. My favorite part of teaching High School is forming unique relationships and watching my students grow and become successful.
The most important area of R.I.S.E. to me is Stewardship. In forming unique relationships with my students, I have the opportunity to learn so much from them as they share their special talents and gifts. Stewardship also encourages students to share and spread kindness to each other and I believe everyone could benefit from a little more kindness and acceptance!
Meet Ms. Becca Beebe! Ms. Becca’s first job ever was a lifeguard, but she now works as our speech-language pathologist.
- Bucket List: Swim the Straits of Mackinac
- Special Talent: She can spot a Petoskey stone faster than anyone she knows
- Life Motto: If you pass physics, you can do this
- Favorite Book: The Hobbit
Ms. Becca’s favorite habit is, “Put first things first” because she is motivated by the reward at the end of the tunnel. She also really wants her students to know that ” I want out learning to be effective and always fun. When you are dismissed from speech we will celebrate together.”
My name is Ms. Kate and I am one of iCademy’s school social workers. I have been a part of the iCademy family for two years now and I love it here!
I love stewardship, specifically surrounding using our resources wisely. My family and I live minimally and try our best to take care of the Earth.
Whole School Supports
Meet Mr. Tyler Huizenga! He can’t live without love, and we have loved having him as part of the IES family for the past few years. Mr. Tyler shares his love with us as iCademy Global Point’s School Lead and high school electives teacher.
- Life Motto: Be Humble
- Bucket List: Scuba dive with Bear Grylls in Indonesia
- Favorite Snack: Meat sticks
Mr. Tyler’s favorite habit is “Synergize”. He also wants his students to know, “Go Blue!”
Meet Ms. Leisa Lobbezoo! She believes her special talent is her super loud whistle, but after being part of the IES family for the last decade, we know she is a woman of many talents! Ms. Leisa wears many hats at iCademy Global as she works to help all of our new families through the enrollment process as well as working in communications and marketing.
Ms. Leisa’s favorite part of RISE is respect because she believes respect is woven into EVERY. SINGLE. THING. we do as educators, students and people. She would like her students to know “how glad I am that they are here, learning with us!”
Hello, I am Ms. Jody! I have been with IES for 9 years already and I am excited to be starting year 10 at iCademy! I work with students and families participating in the Community Passport Program.
My favorite part of R.I.S.E. is respect because it is central to everything we do everyday, at our school, in our community, and in our world.
Meet Ms. Heidi! Ms. Heidi has been with IES schools for almost 10 years, starting as a parent volunteer and is now our pupil accounting and registrar for all three IES Schools. You may also see her smiling face at the front desk on Fridays.
- First job: Grocery store cashier
- Favorite snack: Doritos
- Can’t Live without: Her husband & kids
- Quote to live by: “Life is all about the choices you make”
Ms. Heidi wants all the students to know that “You are capable of great things in your life. Make good choices, move on from your mistakes and you will be capable of anything you set your sights on!”