Administrators and Teachers

The administrators and teachers at iQ Academy of California – Los Angeles (IQLA) 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. 

Academic Administrator, High School

Nick Stecken, High School

Nick Stecken is the Academic Administrator for IQLA. Coming from a family of teachers going back three generations, Nick has worked in online schools for six years. He holds the firm belief that the online setting is a more flexible, accessible, and effective way to educate our students. Academically, he earned 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 iQ Academy’s ability to personalize the educational approach and find ways to serve each student better.

Academic Administrator, K–8

Cathy Wilson Rademacher, K–8

Cathy received her bachelor’s degree from California State University San Marcos and her master's in educational administration with an administrative credential from National University. She began her career teaching in brick-and-mortar schools and has taught grades ranging from Kindergarten through 8th grade in the classroom. Cathy began teaching online in 2012 and moved into a blended model in 2013 in which her teaching was a blend of online and classroom experiences. Prior to becoming the Assistant Academic Administrator for iQ Academy, she served as the Kindergarten through 2nd grade lead teacher in the blended setting. Cathy believes whole-heartedly in the model of education that iQLA offers our families in which we are able to offer customized academic plans to our students as well as opportunities to engage with their teachers and peers in a meaningful way.