Meet Our Leadership and Support Staff
Meet Our Leadership and Support Staff Team
Our administrative and support staff is committed to ensuring the finest education possible for your children. Providing expert tools and strategies, teaching materials and parent support, our leadership team is dedicated to making sure that you have what you need to deliver a well-rounded, enriching education to your children. Here are some of the people who maintain our high standards of education.
Steven Hoff, Head of School
Mr. Hoff has been with K12 since 2010, and the Head of School at IAVA since it opened in 2012. Mr. Hoff brings a wealth of expertise with his past experiences in education. He is originally from Minnesota but has now called Iowa "home" since 2012. Mr. Hoff holds a bachelor's degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and a Master's in Educational Leadership from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. Mr. Hoff enjoys spending time with his wife, sons, and daughter, along with hunting, fishing, being a river rat, and really just being outdoors. Mr. Hoff is an avid MN. Vikings fan! Mr. Hoff enjoys the interaction with his students and staff. Mr. Hoff loves proving that socialization happens in the online environment!
Amanda Braverman, Academic Administrator
Ms. Braverman began her position as IAVA Academic Administrator in 2019. She was previously the Family Academic Support Liaison at IAVA for three years. Prior to that, Amanda taught music for the school for many years. She was also a learning coach to some of her own children and uses that experience to help her in her role supporting students and their support system. She received her undergraduate degree in education from Wartburg College, and her graduate degree in educational leadership from Drake University. Her past work experiences include everything from teaching preschool through high school, college, and even supervising and teaching the professional development for college teachers. She is passionate about education! She enjoys traveling and learning about the United States and other countries around the world, but also enjoys walks and jogs around her neighborhood and spending time with her family. Her favorite part about online education is that it can meet the individual needs of diverse students within one school.
Judy Tepper, School Operations Manager
Ms. Tepper joined the IAVA team in August of 2017. She received her BA in Journalism and Mass Communications at Iowa State University. After graduation she moved to the East Coast where she worked in advertising and exhibit sales as well as customer service. After returning to Iowa, she worked at the Clayton Ridge School District as a member of their library staff. She worked there for 12 years before joining IAVA. She is happy to be back in Iowa and a member of the IAVA team. The families and students are Ms. Tepper's favorite part of working at IAVA. They are all very appreciative to have this opportunity and are simply great to work with.
Kelsey Jacobs, K-8 Professional School Counselor
Mrs. Jacobs graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Family Services and Mental Health and a Master of Arts in Professional School Counseling. She spent time in the Waterloo School District and the Linn-Mar Community School District. Aside from being a school counselor, she worked 8+ years in childcare with ages 3-12, working on student social and emotional skills. Mrs. Jacobs loves spending time with her pup, Payton (named after Walter Payton) and her family. She loves the online learning setting because it allows her to meet the needs of her students on a more individual basis. It also provides them with a more comfortable setting to talk. “It’s also a fun way to get to learn about where each student is from across Iowa!”
Luci Wulfekuhle, 9-12 Professional School Counselor
Ms. Wulfekuhle is the K-12 grade Professional School Counselor and has been with IAVA since 2016. Luci earned her Bachelor of Science in Health, Wellness and Recreation from the University of Dubuque. Luci’s teaching certification is in K-12 Physical Education, K-12 Health Education and K-12 Athletic Coaching from Clarke University; and her Master of Science in Education is in Professional School Counseling for grades K-12 from Buena Vista University. She spent her first 6 years in education as a Health and Physical Education Teacher for a brick and mortar school. She has spent the last several years as a Professional School Counselor in the brick and mortar and virtual school setting. What she likes best about working in the online setting is the ability to support her students on a more personalized level that focuses on the students’ needs on an individual, social, emotional and educational basis.
Ami Kercheval, Special Programs Manager
Ms. Kercheval joined the IAVA team in 2020 as Special Programs Coordinator where she oversees any students with special programs including: special education, 504 plans, advanced learners, and English Language Learners. She lives in the Des Moines area with her husband, their four children, and their dog Daisy. Her family likes to cook together and be outside in the sun and be active. She enjoys cooking, sewing, and definitely reading! Ms. Kercheval has been in the field of education for 18 years now spending many of those years with Des Moines Public Schools prior to joining the IAVA/K12 team.
Molly Mellon, Registrar
Ms. Mellon joined IAVA in 2019 as registrar. She graduated from Loras College with a degree in Biology. Her interests include, but aren’t limited to: reading, anything outdoors, and attending her nephews’ various sporting events. She is excited to be working at IAVA with the staff and families.