Intellectual Virtues Academy Of Long Beach

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Meet the Faculty

Derrick Allums – English Teacher

Derrick is joining us after teaching 6 years at a KIPP public charter school in the bay area. At KIPP, Derrick's AP English Language & Composition students posted the second highest passage rate in the KIPP network, while having more students take the AP English test than in any other KIPP school. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana and a first generation college student, he earned a BA from UC Berkeley and an MA from Stanford University, where he also taught French language (having previously taught the language at Princeton University). He is passionate about language, student success, and tennis.


Peter Deeble – Math Teacher

Peter has been teaching mathematics at Wilson High School for the past twelve years, covering every topic from Algebra 1 up to Pre-Calculus.  He was a part of the original intellectual virtues pedagogy seminar in 2012-13, and has been infusing an intellectual virtues approach to mathematics education ever since.  Peter is passionate about teaching math with an eye for understanding big ideas and concepts. In addition to teaching, Peter is passionate about furniture and craftsmanship. He has been running a small furniture design and production company for the past seven years.


Michelle Earley – Physical Education Teacher / Athletic Director

Michelle has taught Physical Education for nearly a decade, obtaining her PE credential and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction along the way.  This Southern Californian native's passion is infusing fun while promoting positive attitudes towards healthy living. She has been invited to statewide conferences because of her approach to, and expertise in, teaching physical education. Michelle played Division I soccer at University of San Diego, coached club and varsity soccer teams, and acted as athletic director. 

Dr. Julie Lee – Special Education Teacher

Julie is thrilled to be joining the Academy community and collaborating with students and families. She has experience teaching at the elementary, high school, and university levels. Julie immigrated to the United States from South Korea when she was 6 years old. She was inspired to make a difference once she saw how students "fell through the cracks", so she received a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education. Julie went on to earn a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and a Ph.D in Counselor Education and Supervision. She is currently a professor within CSUF's Counseling department, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Julie has always had a passion for special needs populations, working with children in foster care, the chronically mentally ill adult population, children with special needs, adolescents in the school setting, and adults in private practice. 


Dustin Schmidt – Humanities Teacher

Throughout his academic career, Dustin has been devoted to engaging K-12 students on a variety of topics in the humanities and philosophy. He is currently a PhD candidate with a focus on environmental ethics, at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he has taught a wide range of courses, including Logic, Introduction to Philosophy, and Environmental Ethics. He has a very comprehensive career teaching students of all ages, including earning a fellowship to teach and develop curriculum for a high school International Baccalaureate course.