Administrators and Teachers

The administrators and teachers at iQ Academy California-Los Angeles have extensive experience in public and private education. Together, they provide a strong backbone for day-to-day operations.

Head of School

Cathy Andrew,  Head of School

Cathy Andrew received her bachelor’s degree in history from the College of Charleston, SC and her master’s degree in Education Policy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  She has taught in brick and mortar as well as online settings and holds an administrative credential.  Cathy began her career in online education in 2008, and has served as teacher, trainer, coordinator of learning evaluation and student achievement, and Director prior to her current role as Head of School with iQ Academy.  Cathy believes in the power of an educational approach that values the partnership of parent-student-teacher

HS Program Coordinator

Nick Stecken

Nick Stecken is the high school program coordinator for IQLA. I come from a family of teachers going back 3 generations. He has worked in online schools for 6 years and have a firm belief that the online setting is a more flexible, accessible, and effective way to educate our students. Academically, he received his credential from CSU Northridge after achieving a degree in history.  Prior to joining the online education system, he worked in the technology sector. Nick has a great appreciation for an online school’s ability to individualize the educational approach and find ways to serve each student better. 

Guidance Counselor

Tiffany Studer

Tiffany Studer completed her undergraduate studies at San Diego State University and received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work.  She then continued her education at California State University, San Bernardino, receiving her M.S. degree in counseling and guidance, as well as a pupil personnel services credential in school counseling.  Tiffany also completed the additional coursework for the licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) and is registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a professional clinical counselor intern (PCCI).   Tiffany believes it is important to be able to identify each child’s unique talents and build them into strengths and successes.  

K8 Program Coordinator

Anvi Tran has been with iQ Academy since fall of 2011. Anvi received her undergraduate degree in sociology with a minor in education from UC Irvine in 2006. She continued on to UCI’s teaching program to become a multiple subject teacher. Anvi spent three years leading a Kindergarten program and working with school-aged students for a nonprofit in Orange County. She has also worked with the AVID program for middle school students. Anvi loves being part of the iQ Academy staff and enjoys working with students and families.