Administration – Meet Our Principal Mrs. Kooiker!
Mrs. Kooiker began her career in education in 2007. She was awarded the 2016 MES teacher of the year and was recognized by the Florida Commissioner of Education in both 2016 and 2017 for her outstanding performance and leadership.
She has been trained in the classical education practices by Hillsdale College. Mrs. Kooiker earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Ferris State University. She is also a Barney Charter School Initiative (BCSI) trainer.
Mrs. Kooiker worked for the School Board of Highlands County in Florida for 10 years and spent the last two years teaching at Livingston Classical Academy. She has experience teaching kindergarten, pre-first, first grade, third grade and special education. She has also served as a special education department head.
Mrs. Kooiker is married with three children, Jillian (17), James (9) and Julia (7).
Please help us give Mrs. Kooiker a warm welcome. You may reach her at StephanieKooiker@
The Staff Directory will be posted soon!
At Ivywood, our amazing teachers will inspire the love of learning in your child! Our culture is built on mutual respect, trust and heart. It is a community that is inviting, welcoming and a joyous place to be. Students at every age practice critical thinking and actively engage in learning through the Socratic teaching method. At Ivywood, teachers are the heart of the school and are surrounded by a support system that is committed to the success of every child. Students at Ivywood thrive within the school’s high expectations and parents are actively engaged, providing a positive learning experience for each child. Classical education embraces the concept of educating the whole child and the notion that children are more than their standardized test score. In addition to rigorous academics, students explore creative outlets in art, music, sports and numerous other clubs of interest, contributing to the development of well-rounded individuals.