Alexa Greenland – Executive Director
Alexa Greenland earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Boston University. Her career in education began as a classroom teacher in 2000, teaching English, Social Studies and Theater. She has taught in both public and private schools throughout California and Massachusetts.
Mrs. Greenland has been an administrator in alternative education settings since 2004. Prior to working for Kavod, she was the Principal of a private school and the an Executive Director of another charter school. In addition, she has assisted two other charter schools through their opening phases.
Mrs. Greenland is a strong advocate of social responsibility and international cultural awareness. She authored a children’s book, The Cerulean Lion, that is emphasizes the value of kindness and appreciation of individual differences. She has also traveled to over 10 countries, and studied abroad twice. She is looking forward to continuing her world travels when her two young daughters, future-Kavod students, are a little older.
Ronit Ron-Yerushalmi – Director of Hebrew and Global Studies
Ronit Ron-Yerushalmi grew up in Israel in a small moshav near Netanyah. After serving in the IDF, she earned a BA from Tel Aviv University with a double major in Israeli culture and history and Middle Eastern studies . She moved to the United States fifteen years ago, when her husband, who is now a professor of political studies at ASU, began his doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota. She holds a master of education degree from the University of Minnesota with a focus on second language and culture education where she also worked at the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition. Ronit taught Hebrew and held administrative positions in a number of Jewish schools and synagogues and she taught Hebrew in a higher education settings at the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, York University, the Technion, and in the Critical Languages Institute of Arizona State University. Ronit and her husband have three daughters.
George Smith – Assistant Director
George Smith has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education with a concentration in Integrated Language Arts. He also has a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration. George began his experience in education through student teaching at an American academy in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He then taught middle school English, United States History, and World History. He possesses six additional years of experience working with at-risk students in grades K-12 prior to joining the Kavod team.
George harbors an educational philosophy that focuses on empathy and individuality. He is passionate about ensuring that all students are at or above the proficiency level in all subjects to ensure that they can grasp and build upon concepts each year. However, he also believes that students should have outlets to demonstrate creativity and explore their unique passions and interests.
In his free time, George enjoys traveling and hopes to stand on all seven continents within the next ten years. He also enjoys spending time with friends and family, writing, cooking, and watching the Philadelphia Eagles.
Eduardo Mezza – Compliance Coordinator
Eduardo began his career in education working for the Imperial County of Education teaching English to Second Language Learners. After finishing his undergrad at San Diego State University he began working for Alternative Education where he taught English & Language Arts and became the Special Education Provider for Del Rio Community School. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in English and continued his post-graduate studies in the Special Education Program focusing on Mild/Moderate disabilities.
Among his other accomplishments are being the recipient of the Howard P. Mayer Scholarship in writing, the English Chair Division Recipient at Imperial Valley College and has published three poems in the Camarena Memorial Anthology.
Nichole McIntosh – Education Specialist
Nichole McIntosh grew up in Southern California. She earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University San Marcos in 2008 and graduated from her multiple subjects teaching program in 2010. She and her husband moved to Florida for a year where she taught 2nd grade. On returning to California, she taught kindergarten and first grade for over two years. Nichole earned her Education Specialist Credential in 2014 and is finishing her Masters in Education.