Meet Our Leadership Team
Leverage the Experience of a Seasoned Leadership Team
Our administrative and support staff is committed to ensuring the finest education possible for your children. From providing expert tools and strategies to teaching materials and parent support, our leadership team is dedicated to making sure that you have what you need to deliver a well-rounded, enriching education to your children. Here are some of the people who maintain our high standards of education.
Elementary School Principal - Sheri Behn
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.
K-2 Elementary School Assistant Principal - Alysha Tinsley
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.
3-5th Grade Elementary School Assistant Principal - Sara Sikora
Sara Sikora joined the AZVA team in August 2012 as a highly qualified teacher and 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.
Middle School Principal - Ryan Relken
I come to you with 19 years of experience in education. I started out as a special education para-professional during my undergrad days at ASU and was hired by Gilbert Public Schools straight out of student teaching to teach 4th grade. I did that for half a year and then moved up to 5th grade for the next five year. In 2010, I was fortunate enough to earn my first elementary principalship with the Lincoln County School District in Newport, OR. I spent four amazing and formative years there. Then in 2014 we moved to Michigan (which is where my wife and I grew up) to be an elementary principal with Goodrich Area Schools. Two and a half years later, in 2017, I was asked by the new school board president to be the interim superintendent and about six months later, I was offered the permanent position. As we know however, nothing is truly permanent, and after the 2018-19 school year I asked out of the final year of my contract to pursue other opportunities. In 2020, we returned to Arizona and I returned to Gilbert as the interim Special Services Administrator. I enjoyed my time in that role but sitting behind a desk and being so isolated from students wasn’t for me…and that is how I got to AZVA middle school as your new principal.
My wife Meredith and I will have been married for 19 years this October. She is a Speech Pathologist for a company named Therapy Matters. We have three kids ages: 15, 13 and 11. Brendan is a smart, athletic hockey player with red hair. Genevieve is my beautiful girl with emotional intelligence beyond her years. Dylan is my unique, smart, and talented guy who has autism and who teaches me new things every day. We also have a Standard Schnauzer named Frida and a newly adopted Miniature Schnauzer named Molly.
Middle School Principal - Haley Tiss
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. She strives to support teachers to meet their students individual needs.
High School Principal
Shannon Veal has been with AZVA since August 2006 and has been teaching in Arizona schools for over 17 years. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in History and Sociology Education. She then went on to pursue a Master's Degree in Secondary Education from Northern Arizona University. Shannon completed a second Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. She began her career at AZVA as a High School History teacher and then moved into the role of overseeing the STARS/Academic Probation Program. Shannon also oversaw the creation of the Counselor Tech role within the High school before moving into the Assistant Principal Role in November 2013. Her goal is to help students to reach their potential while fostering a sense of community among students, families, and AZVA staff.
A fun fact about Shannon is she loves football and schedules everything around her team's schedule.
If she could take students anywhere in the world on a field trip it would be on a tour of the Civil War Battlefields.
High School Assistant Principal - Anita Metcalfe
Anita Metcalfe joined the AZVA team in 2008. Before moving into the High School Principal roll she served as Assistant Principal. She is an Arizona highly qualified biology teacher and has taught for over 15 years. Anita graduated from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Life Science Education. She has begun a master's program in educational leadership. She has also taught physics, environmental science, oceanography, and earth science at AZVA! Anita taught science for 10 years in the brick and mortar before joining AZVA. In her tenure, she won Teacher of the Month and was nominated for Teacher of the Year. She was also recognized by her students for Who's Who Among High School Teachers. She is thrilled to be a part of the AZVA family and absolutely enjoys supporting all our students!
Director of Special Programs
Brook Mosley-Schubert joined AZVA/ISAZ in 2014, after a varied background in special education administration. She grew up in Pennsylvania and went to the University of Pittsburgh where she received her Bachelor's Degree. She went on to earn her Master of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois and her Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Dominican University. Mrs. Mosley-Schubert started out her career as a school social worker. During her tenure as a school social worker, she was able to teach social and emotional learning standards and impact academic achievement by working towards increasing parent involvement and student engagement. She started out her administrative career as a supervisor of a special needs alternative high school at the second largest school district in Illinois. During the latter half of her career she was employed by a special education cooperative. During her time with the cooperative, she was assigned to multiple district, cooperative, and private therapeutic special education schools/programs.
Throughout her career she has worked with students in kindergarten through age twenty-one who have been faced with a variety of academic challenges. Working with the special needs population is truly her passion and she is honored to have the opportunity to continue her life’s work with AZVA and ISAZ.
An interesting fact about Brook is that she was a field hockey player in high school.
If she could take students on a field trip anywhere, she would love to take the kids on a cruise to Alaska.
Special Education Manager
Stephanie Statler joined AZVA /ISAZ in 2009. She grew up in Texas and attended Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education with a minor in General Education. She went on to earn her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Northern Arizona University and her Master of Arts in Reading Curriculum and Development from Grand Canyon University. Stephanie Statler began her career as a kindergarten teacher in Texas. Upon moving to Arizona she taught kindergarten through 3rd grade as well as elementary self-contained, in the brick and mortar setting. During her time with AZVA /ISAZ she has taught kindergarten through 8th grade, been a Lead Master Teacher of instruction and Assistant Director of Special Education. Working with students of all ages and ability levels is her passion.
A fun fact about Stephanie is she owns and works an Arizona working cattle ranch.