Meet the Family Academic Support Team

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  Elizabeth Hall

Family Engagement Administrator

Elizabeth Hall joined AZVA in 2009 as a high school electives teacher. She holds a Bachelor's degree in History, and a Master's degree in Education-Curriculum and Instruction: Technology from Grand Canyon University. Her classroom experience includes teaching technology to students from Pre-K to 12th grade in both brick-and-mortar and online schools. Elizabeth moved into the District Test Coordinator position in 2010 and coordinated all state-wide testing for students at Arizona Virtual Academy and Insight Academy of Arizona. Since 2016, she has been the Family Engagement Administrator at our schools working with a team to provide engagement support for families struggling in our online public schools. Her focus is to provide the tools, knowledge and strategies to help families and students be successful in schooling online by leading a team of dedicated professionals that provide online and in-person support. Her passion for students’ success drives her to provide varied engagement strategies for families and students.

An inside tidbit is that Elizabeth loves the holiday season.  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, she reflects on the importance of family and friends.  You will find her decorating the inside of her home and baking—Elizabeth LOVES to bake; especially this time of year.  

Elizabeth would take students on a cross country road trip.  She believes we live in an amazing country and everyone should take the time to explore it.  In Elizabeth’s words; “Unless you get in a car to see all of the amazing places, towns, geography, and people; you truly cannot understand this amazing and diverse place we all have the privilege to call home”. 

CJ Berndt

Family Engagement Coordinator

CJ Berndt, prior to joining the Family Academic Support Team in 2016, Mrs. Berndt was a middle school special education teacher. With a background in community behavioral health and social services, her goal is to get families connected to our school. A Sundevil through and through, Mrs. Berndt earned both her B.S. and M. Ed. from Arizona State University. In 2014 she was the Teach For America Sue Lehmann Excellence in Education Finalist representing Special Education for Arizona. In 2015 she was chosen as Teacher of the Year by the Future Farmers of America students at her school in rural Arizona.  One of Mrs. Berndt's favorite quotes:  "You can make your parents proud. You can make your school proud. You can touch millions of people's lives and the world will never be the same again because you came this way. Don't let anybody steal your dream!" -Les Brown
Jennifer Parrish

Family Compliance Liaison

Jennifer Parrish, has been with AZVA and ISAZ for four years. This is her third year as the Family Compliance Liaison. She started out with AZVA as a Learning Coach then attendance Processor.  She loves to read, swim, and dedicate time to helping animals and people.  If she could take students on a field trip anywhere in the world, she would take students to a third world country. They would be able to live like the natives in the country. The take away would be to appreciate what we have in the U.S.A.  We have a wonderful government, freedom, and choices in all we say and do.

Daisha Oshiro

Family Engagement Coach – Lead

Daisha Oshiro, started her career with K12 in 2013 as a special education teacher and in 2015 moved over to the FAST team. She brings over 20 years of experience in education as a special education teacher and general education teacher, she has also been a program coach and a Family Engagement Liaison. She has her BA in Special Education and Elementary Education from NAU and a MA in Educational Leadership from NAU. She has teaching certificates for K-12th grades.  Mrs. Oshiro's favorite quote is "You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."
Jennifer Wodrich

Family Engagement Coach

Jennifer Wodrich, has been with AZVA since December of 2017, so this is her 8th month and her first "new" school year. She is passionate about education and inspiring young minds to achieve their goals. She has three of her own children, an 8-year-old son, and 10 and 13 year old daughters. In their free time they love to travel.  If she could take her students on a field trip anywhere it would be New England to see where our country first started!
Heather Ovalle

Family Engagement Coach

Heather Ovalle, has been with AZVA for 3 years.  She served in the Air Force for 10 years.  If she could take students anywhere in the world on a field trip, she would take the students to Disney World in Japan for an amazing K12 field trip.
Shashanah Allen

Family Engagement Coach

Shashanah Allen, has been with AZVA for 6 and a half years. All six plus years have been with the FAST Team. She loves music and studied audio engineering. She currently and previously held multiple certifications for audio engineering and recording.  If she could take students on a field trip anywhere in the world, she would go to the biosphere to learn about climate change and the world around us.

Shannon Drewniak

Family Engagement Coach

Shannon Drewniak, has been working with K12 for 3 years with the FAST team.  She was a learning coach for 9 years.  She has traveled across the beautiful country, from California to New York, and their family planted our roots in Arizona 2008.  Out of all of the amusement parks that she has visited, Disneyland is her favorite.  They have been taking their daughter since she was 3 years old every year - she is now 17 and they continue to go as their family tradition.  If she were to take students on a Field Trip, she would take them to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Bonnie Fournier

Family Engagement–Strong Start Coach

Bonnie Fournier, has been working with K12 for three years.  Bonnie has been a highly qualified Para Educator since 2010. She enjoys working with families to encourage and engage them in all aspects of schooling. As a former learning coach herself, she understands their needs and enjoys supporting them through the online public-school journey. When she isn’t behind the computer, she enjoys hanging out on her mini farm and cooking new foods.  Bonnie’s best friends are a min pin and a wild Mustang. Bonnie’s choice destination to travel with her students would be to Australia.

Julie Priest

Family Engagement Coach

Julie Priest, has worked for K12 for 7.5 years.  As an Engagement Coach, she provides support for families at the beginning of the school year helping them prepare for a strong start. During the school year, she assists families who need additional support above and beyond the support they already receive from their classroom teachers.  She’s had the joy of working in person face to face with 4th Graders through 12th Graders at a Blended Learning Center as a Site Coordinator as well as online with Kindergarten through 12th Grade families as an Engagement Coach. We understand that schooling online has its challenges and we are there to help them overcome those challenges. She is also a University Ambassador for American Public University and have a passion for online schooling and the flexibility it provides. Her free time is spent gardening, supporting her children with their athletics and academics, and tending to their chickens. She walked the cat walk underneath the New River Gorge Bridge which is the third tallest bridge in the United States and the longest steel span bridge in the Western Hemisphere. If she could take students anywhere on a field trip, she would take them to Denali National Park and Preserve, located in Alaska, so they can witness amazing wildlife, majestic mountains, and crystal lakes all meant for adventures.

Wendy Shelley

Family Engagement Strong Start Coach

Wendy Shelley, has been working with the FAST team for three years. She is a certified teacher and has taught both in the classroom and online (grades k-8.) She has also taught her own children in a home setting for many years. Mrs. Shelley and her husband have five children and twelve grandchildren. She loves to work with puppets and taught herself ventriloquism when she was ten years old. Mrs. Shelley enjoys performing and shares her puppet, Willa with anyone who will watch. She loves helping families transition to an online/home environment and considers herself a cheerleader for all the families.
 

 

Family Engagement Strong Start Coach

Jeff DeMatte, is a Family Academic Support Liaison focusing on Strong Start. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from National University in San Diego, CA. and served as an officer in the Army National Guard. Jeff has over 20 years’ experience in duction including nine years as a Co-founder/CFO of an Arizona charter school. Jeff also is Highly Qualified to teach Elementary Education and Social Studies. Jeff’s words of wisdom to his students are "follow your passions."