“America’s Finest City,” San Diego, CA, is the hometown of Mrs. Fletcher. From San Diego, Mrs. Fletcher ventured up the California coast to San Francisco before heading back down to Santa Barbara. She attended Cal State Channel Islands and earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies- Teaching and Learning (with a minor in Chicana/o Studies). Mrs. Fletcher followed that up by earning her teaching credential and master’s degree from UCSB.
Mrs. Fletcher is both a teacher and parent at I.V. School, as both her children are current Seahawks. She’s grateful for the kindness, compassion, creativity, positivity, and diversity that are hallmarks of I.V. School community, students, and staff.
In her spare time, Mrs. Fletcher enjoys spending time with her family (Mr. Fletcher and their children), viewing and making art, enjoying nature, history, and reading.
Ms. Lucchi grew up in San Rafael, 45 minutes outside of San Francisco. Beginning in elementary school and through high school, she played basketball and softball and enjoyed participating in Drama and Student Council.
She attended UCSB and worked at the UCSB children’s center from 2007 - 2011. She graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in Education in 2011, and received her credential and Masters in Education from Gevirtz Graduate School in 2012. Her favorite classes were her modern literature classes and Black Studies classes. One of her most memorable classes was a class based on graphic novels.
Ms. Lucchi loves any opportunity to travel and see new places. Some of her favorite trips were when she studied abroad in Greece, a summer vacation that involved a wedding in Bali and a road trip down the coast of Australia, and a road trip closer to home through California and Oregon.
Ms. Lucchi appreciates the kindness and dedication she sees in all of the Isla Vista staff, students, and families and feels so honored to be part of the Isla Vista Community.
Born in Maryland, but a Santa Barbara transplant at six years old, Mrs. Ryckman was so shy in elementary school that if an adult even spoke to her, she’d burst out in tears. In junior high, though, Mrs. Ryckman found a friend in her pony, Goldilocks. She was able to earn money to buy Goldilocks by babysitting. In high school, Mrs.. Ryckman continued to branch out- she was a member of the track and field team, participated in plays, and worked at an ice cream shop.
Mrs. Ryckman loved learning about weather and natural disasters during her studies at UCSB, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in geography. During a field trip to Death Valley, Ms. Ryckman saw a rattlesnake and found a million year old fossil.
Mrs. Ryckman loves working at IV School because the staff works together and cares for each other as a family.
Mr. and Mrs. Ryckman met when they were 16 and 15, respectively. Had they met one year earlier, they could have sung, “You are Sixteen Going on 17.” They have three children, two dogs, and two cats. And sometimes they have foster kittens. Mrs. Ryckman loves photography, reading, baking, camping, and walking on the beach.
Ms. Young enjoyed growing up in Santa Barbara and attending local schools. As a child, she was active in tennis and music, playing the piano and violin. After high school, she attended Biola University and received a degree in business but quickly realized that her love was in education. She then went to California State University, Northridge to get her teaching credential and soon after began teaching in Carpinteria.
During her tenure in Carpinteria, she taught grades 3-5. Moving to GUSD in 2016, she began teaching 6th grade for the first time and fell in love with the grade level and the students! Sixth graders are the best! There are many things she loves about Isla Vista School. She loves the camaraderie between the teachers and loves her grade level teammates. She also loves the community of families and students that creates the perfect blend of so many cultures and experiences. This unique family of Seahawks is what makes Isla Vista an amazing school.