If you want to know what makes us different, it’s our teachers.
Our teachers 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 kids are different and learn in different and unique ways.
iCademy has 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.
K/1st Grade Teacher
Meet Ms. DeeDee! Ms. DeeDee’s quote to live by is “wherever you are, be all there” said by Jim Elliot. Ms. DeeDee has been all here since the start of iCademy Global! For the last 5 years she has been the Kindergarten/1st grade teacher at iCademy Global.
Favorite Snack ~ Double stuffed oreos
Can’t Live Without ~ Music
Favorite Book ~ “The Hunger Games”
Special Talent ~ She can stick her shoulder blades out so it looks like she has wings
Ms. DeeDee’s favorite habit is “Sharpen the Saw” because it is important for students and adults to re-energize and take time to do things that they enjoy. She needs reminders to do this as a busy working mom. She wants her students to know “you are a good person and you are loved.”
2nd/3rd Grade Teacher
Meet Ms. Katelyn! She was a 5th grade spelling bee champion! She has spent the last 5 years at iCademy Global building spelling bee champions as the 2nd/3rd teacher and K5 Special Education teacher.
Bucket List ~ Open an independent bookstore
Can’t Live Without ~ Coffee
Life Motto ~ Do small things with great love
Voted Least Likely ~ To skip class
Ms. Katelyn’s favorite habit is “Seek first to understand, thent to be understood” because the world could use a little more empathy. She also wants her students to know “they belong here.”
4th/5th Grade Teacher and Middle School Math
Meet Mr. Brett! Finishing an Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile marathon) is on Mr. Brett’s bucket list! As he works towards ironman success, we are thankful he has spent his last 4 years at iCademy Global teaching 4th/5th Grade & 7th/8th Grade social studies.
Voted Most Likely ~ To live in a school bus or shipping container
Voted Least Likely ~ To own a planner
Life Motto ~ Hulkmania is running wild, Brother!
First Job ~ Rolling burritos and making tacos at La Señorita
Mr. Brett’s favorite habit is “Think Win-Win” because both sides come out on top. He would like his students to know “You are going to be a human for a long time, and you have such a smart brain that it’s important you learn how to be aware of what you’re doing. Accidents can be prevented, but it’s still okay if they happen. As long as you take responsibility for your mistakes, the clean up is a breeze” (from the view point of a random dad talking to his son about a spilled slurpee).
Middle School English and Spanish
Meet Ms. Melissa! She was voted most likely to be on Broadway, but we are glad this talented lady chose to go into teaching! She has been part of the IES family for over a decade and currently teaches middle school Language Arts at iCademy Global.
First Job ~ Craig’s Cruisers Go-Kart Getter
Can’t Live Without ~ Sleep, Music, Exercise, Laughter & COFFEE
Bucket List ~ Live in Spain for a while with her family and write a book
Special Talents ~ Singing & she can touch her nose with her tongue
Ms. Melissa’s favorite habit is “Seek first to understand, then to be understood” because it is the hardest habit for her and everything that everyone does comes from somewhere and everyone deserves the honor of feeling understood and heard. She also wants her students to know that “they matter and their voice is worth sharing.”
Middle School Social Studies
Meet Mr. Tyler! He can’t live without love, and we have loved having him as part of the IES family the last 6 years. Mr. Tyler shares his love with us as the iCademy Global Point Person and High School Social Studies teacher.
Special Talent ~ He can name every tree species in Michigan
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!”
Middle School Science
Meet Mr. Andy! As a grade school student, Mr. Andy was “A teacher’s Dream,” thankfully he grew up to be a dream teacher and has shared his charming personality with the IES family the last 6 years. Currently, Mr. Andy teaches science to Middle School friends at iCademy Global.
Life Theme Song ~ Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song
Can’t Live Without ~ Breathing (Thanks Mr. Science)
Bucket List ~ Petting a lion in Africa
Special Talents ~ Fire breathing and break dancing
Mr. Andy’s favorite habits are “Synergizing” and “Sharpening the saw” because there is nothing better. He would also like his students to always remember “you will never know what you don’t know.”
RtI support, Middle School Foundations
Meet Ms. Leisa! 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 as the iCademy Global interventionist as well as working in communications and enrollment.
Type of Grade School Student ~ Teacher’s pet… for real…. they gave her an award
Voted Most Likely ~ to become an actress
Life Hashtag ~ #hangontightandenjoytheride
Bucket List ~ Visit Europe, walk on a glacier, watch the Detroit Tigers play in most of the MLP ballparks
Ms. Leisa’s favorite habit is “Be Proactive” because you can’t beat the feeling of being prepared and ready for whatever life is going to throw at you. She would like her students to know “how glad I am that they are here, learning with us!”
High School English
Meet Ms. Amy! Ms. Amy’s first job ever was working at a candy factory. While that was a sweet job, working at iCademy Global the last 5 years as the high school ELA teacher has been even sweeter!
Special Talent ~ Loves to fry fish
Bucket List ~ See the Iditarod in person
Life Hashtag ~ #imraisingcrazies
Can’t Live Without ~ Coffee
Ms. Amy’s favorite habit is “Seek first to understand and then be understood” because this is the habit she wants to work on most which makes it a good reminder! She wants her students to know that “they are important and part of a bigger story.”
High School Special Education
Meet Ms. Lindsey! Ms. Lindsey loves Gardetto Garlic chips and sleep. We have loved having her as part of the iCademy Global team the last 5 years as the High School Special Education teacher.
Bucket List ~ Run a marathon
Special Talent ~ Painting
Voted Least Likely ~ To arrive on time
Type of Grade School Student ~ Chatterbox
Ms. Lindsey’s favorite habit is “Seek first to understand, and then to be understood” because tolerance and acceptance is built through understanding. She wants her students to know “they are loved!”
School Social Worker
Meet Ms. Kristina! Ms. Kristina’s first job ever was pushing the “Good Humor” ice cream cart at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but we are thankful she went into social work. She has been the school social worker for both iCademy Global and Innocademy the last three years.
Can’t Live Without ~ Sunshine
Life Hastag ~ #Cantmakethisstuffup
Special Talent ~ Theatre
Ms. Kristina’s favorite habit is “Seek first to understand and then be understood” because it focuses on respect and valuing the input of others. She also wants our students to know “You are valuable. You are important. You make a difference. You are LOVED!”
Meet Ms. Heidi! Ms. Heidi is the Boss and Queen bee as she does it all for all three IES Schools. She does the registrar, pupil accounting, the front desk and countless other tasks for our schools.
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!”
Speech and Language Pathologist
|Meet Ms. Becca! She has been a part of the IES family the last two years through CTC and joins us this year officially on our staff! 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 our learning to be effective and always fun. When you are dismissed from speech we will celebrate together.”
Meet Mr. Dave! Mr. Dave has traveled all over the world to Russia, Greece, Spain, Italy, Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France, Denmark, Norway and Turkey, but thankfully ended up in Michigan to be in charge of IES Finances. Mr. Dave’s life motto is to be humble and kind and he has kindly been a part of our IES family the last four years.
Favorite Snack ~ Popcorn
Can’t live without ~ coffee in the morning
Bucket List ~ To be a street performer
Special Talent ~ Plays the organ
Mr. Dave’s favorite habit is to begin with the end in mind. He also wants the students to know “Be yourself and you can be anything.”
High School Spanish
Meet Ms. Rachel! She is joining our family for the first time this year teaching High School Spanish at iCademy Global as well as Innocademy Middle School Spanish. She lives by the motto that #Asíeslavida and we are thrilled to have her in our vidas.
Favorite Snack ~ chips and cheese
Bucket List Wish ~ to watch the Olympic games in person
Favorite Book ~ The Harry Potter Series
Special talent ~ Art such as drawing, sketching & painting
Ms. Rachel ‘s favorite habit is “Put first things first” because she is a visual person and likes to have a To-Do list to help her feel ready for the day. Ms. Rachel would like all of her students to know “I am excited to be here! I’m looking forward to getting to know you and the unique way that you learn, and to help you have a successful school year!”
High School Math
Meet Ms. Janece! Ms. Janece has the ability to sit for hours and do math. That is a special talent! We are so glad she has joined the iCademy Global team this year for the first time to share her special talent as the High School Math teacher.
Bucket List ~ Go on a hot air balloon ride
Voted Most Likely ~ to get married
Can’t Live Without ~ Water
Life Motto ~ “Don’t close the book when bad things happen in your life. Just turn the page and begin a new chapter.”
Ms. Janece’s favorite habit is “Seek first to understand, and then be understood” because accurate communication is critical!” She wants her students to know “I love what I do and hope it shows every day.”
High School Science
Meet Mr. Reid! Mr. Reid’s special talent is being a trivia whiz! We are happy to have him join the iCademy Global team this year for the first time. Thankfully he is sharing his plethora of knowledge with us teaching high school science!
Can’t Live Without ~ The Sun
Favorite Snack ~ Sweet Chili Heat Doritos
Bucket List ~ Pilot an airplane
Voted Most Likely ~ To jump out of a perfectly good airplane (skydive)
Mr. Reid’s favorite habit is “Begin with the End-in-mind” because to be able to succeed, you need to know where you are going! He wants his students to know “I am a total science nerd and love talking about anything that has to do with that!”
Meet Ms. Sara! In grade school, Ms. Sara was a social butterfly, but also a rule follower. She continues to be a social butterfly while also following the rules as she takes care of all our Human Resource needs!
Can’t Live Without ~ Lipstick
Special Talent ~ Plays the piano
Favorite snack ~ Chocolate, lots of chocolate
Favorite book ~ The Secret Garden
Ms. Sara’s favorite habit is “Seek first to understand, then to be Understood.” She believes it is great to focus on understanding others’ point of view before expressing one’s own point of view. Ms. Sara would like all the students to know…”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!”
Middle School Math
Meet Mr. Ryan! He has been all over the world to Canada, Italy, France, Spain, England, Czech Republic, Ireland, and Switzerland. We are excited to have him and his worldly experiences join the iCademy Global team this year teaching math to Middle School friends.
Favorite Snack ~ Nutter Butters
Can’t Live Without ~ Great Music
Bucket List ~ Learn 5 languages
Special Talents ~ Pen spinning and swing dancing
Mr. Ryan’s favorite habit is “Seek first to understand, then to be understood” because people are often terrible listeners and that is a crucial to healthy communication. Poor communication is a common thread in life’s problems. He also wants his students to know “that mistakes are wonderful and you should not fear failure.”