Meet our team
Meet Our Administrators
Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) leadership is committed to empowering our school community and providing students with high-quality learning experiences.
Sheri Behns | K-5 Principal
Sheri joined the AZVA team as a highly qualified teacher in September 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Her experience includes teaching elementary age students, training new teachers as the K5 lead master teacher, K5 assistant principal and has most recently been the elementary school principal for six years now. She is passionate about enhancing the student and staff culture at AZVA and creating an environment where students, families and teachers create meaningful relationships and feel connected. She enjoys working with a diverse population of students and families from around the state. Her dedication to helping students achieve academic success and find a love for learning will help guide her decisions as she leads the K5 team. A fun fact about Sheri is that her favorite thing to do is travel. She's been to ten different countries and 32 of the 50 states.
Alysha Tinsley | K-2 Elementary Assistant Principal
Alysha joined the AZVA team as a highly qualified teacher in July 2007, at that time she taught all grades K-8. After a few years she went grade level specific and has been teaching 1st grade ever since. She was a lead teacher and taught 1st and 2nd grades prior to coming to AZVA. Alysha graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. In addition, she has her SEI and Early Childhood Endorsements. She was honored to receive the Teacher of the Year award here at AZVA during the 16-17 school year. Alysha has been part of the K-5 leadership team for several years and is transitioned into the Lead Master Teacher role in 2020 and the Assistant Principal role in 2021. She believes working as team with the student, parent, and teacher is key.
Sara Sikora | 3-5th Grade Elementary Assistant Principal
Sara Sikora joined the AZVA team in August 2012 as a teacher. She loves working with families and students from all around the state. She has her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Arizona State University and her Master of Education in reading and instruction from Grand Canyon University.
Haley Tiss | Middle School Principal
Haley joined the AZVA team as a highly qualified ELA teacher in July 2017. She quickly became the Language Arts Department Lead and from there moved on to a Lead Master Teacher role. Haley graduated from California State University San Bernardino with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. In addition she has her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Design and is highly qualified to teach middle school ELA. Haley gracefully transitioned into the Assistant Principal role in 2020 and the Principal role in Spring of 2022. She strives to support teachers to meet their students individual needs.
Amy Tregaskes | High School Interim Principal
Shonti Land | AZVA High School Assistant Principal
Father, son, brother, husband, and teacher are the best titles to describe me. My name is Shonti Land and I have been a dedicated educator for 20 years, holding positions from teacher to administrator. I married my high school sweetheart and we have been together for 30 years. I have two wonderful children. I graduated from Northern Arizona University with degrees in education and education leadership. I played football in college and coached Yuma Catholic to a state basketball championship. I believe in the following: “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today” Malcolm X
Amy Hart | AZVA Middle School Assistant Principal
Amy has been with Stride, K12 since 2016. She started as an eighth grade math teacher at ISAZ, then became a Lead Master Teacher with AZVA. Amy has a husband and two children and resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. Amy graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2005 with her Bachelors in Elementary Education, and then in 2007 with her Masters in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Reading. Amy is currently obtaining her doctorate degree at Capella University in Educational Leadership and Management, and is looking forward to applying her skills and experience into the schools at Stride.