Ian Fraser McFeat serves as the third Head of School for International Children’s Academy. Prior to this post he was Principal at La Cañada High School, one of the premier public schools in Southern California. At La Cañada, Ian helped create and cultivate the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Internship Program for students, and led the school to earn the National Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in 2015. The International Children’s Academy marks Ian’s return to an International Baccalaureate school, and his 20th year in education. Ian holds a CASBO certification from the University of Southern California, and an Administrative Certification, Masters Degree and Bachelor’s Degree from Pacific Lutheran University.
Leyla was born in Turkey. She has been in the field of education for thirteen years as an elementary teacher at different international schools in the USA and Turkey. She has her teaching credentials in elementary education from Hacettepe University in Turkey, and holds a Master's Degree in International Curriculum and Instruction from Bilkent University (also located in Turkey). In addition, Leyla has led various other schools in international organizations such as Eco-School and Destination Imagination and holds her IB certification with the International Children's Academy (ICA).
Carol moved to the USA from the Philippines five years ago and has been in Los Angeles since then. She graduated from West Visayas State University (Philippines) with a BA degree in Political Science, and passed the Civil Service Examination later that year. After graduation, she worked as an English tutor for Korean and Japanese students ranging from the age of 7-60 years old. Prior to joining ICA, Carol worked in administration and accounting for a clothing manufacturer in LA's Fashion District.
Heber Flores received his degree in Accounting from the University of Technology in El Salvador. He also studied engineering for computers and received a certificate in custodial services. Heber has worked for Shalhevet High School for four years and the International Children's Academy (ICA) for 10 years.
Shanaz is a preschool teacher at the International Children's Academy (ICA) Early Childhood Center. She received her BA in Economics, but due to her tremendous love for children she continued her studies at UCLA Extension in Child Development. She has been a preschool teacher for over twenty years, having worked at La Brea Montessori Preschool for 13 years, followed by 14 years at the International Children's Academy as a director and teacher.
Danyel attended Pitzer College in Claremont CA, where she received her Bacheor of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in child development. She then officially began her teaching career in 2004 at a small non-profit preschool in Portland, Oregon. She then taught at a lab preschool in Honolulu, Hawaii, and then for a Head Start program in Little Rock, Arkansas. After taking a break from teaching to raise her now 6-year-old, she made re-entry into the classroom in February 2016 as an IB certified teacher.
Fabian Lijtmaer was born in New York City to Jewish Argentinian parents. He has journeyed to over forty countries in search of wisdom and taps into his passion for spirituality as a wellspring for his art. “Mr. Fabian” as he is called at ICA, has been teaching for more than 18 years. His education career began when he taught English in Japan. He empowered youth and adults at an international language school in NYC for about ten years. In 2012 he earned his Masters Degree in Education: Leadership and Change, and moved to Los Angeles. “Mr. Fabian” strives to light the ember of creativity and imagination in every student at ICA and is proud to leverage art as a platform for personal development, systems thinking, and spiritual awakening.
Kimberly is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Economics. She earned her teaching certificate from the University of Colorado, Denver and is a Google and IB certified educator. She has taught 4th grade in South Korea and Turkey prior to returning to her native California roots. Kimberly was also a co advisor of our student council this year, and is thrilled to be a part of the ICA team.
Elizabeth was born and raised in Minneapolis MN, and has been loving the warmer weather in Los Angeles since 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin, Stout. She is currently completing a Master's program at CSU Fullerton in Elementary Education Curriculum and Instruction. Over the past five years, Elizabeth has taught Preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st grade.
Katie is from Madison, Wisconsin and is a graduate of University of Milwaukee in elementary education. She brings 10 years of teaching early elementary experience with her, and has proved to be a valued teacher and colleague. She has a passion for teaching reading, with a focus on foundational reading skills. She was awarded teacher of the year honors in her Milwaukee school district prior to her move to California, along with her IB certification.
Miriam was born and raised in Jerusalem and served in the Israeli Defense force as an officer just nearly three years. At the age of 17 she discovered Kabbalah and began her studies at the Kabbalah Center in Tel Aviv. Years later, she moved to Los Angeles and joined the Kabbalah center here, and soon after became an IB certified teacher. With her family, Miriam is mostly excited about teaching Kabbalah and spiritual skills of life to the next generation at ICA.