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.

Head of School

Dr. Kelly Van SandeDr. Kelly Van Sande is the Head of School for the Arizona K12 schools including Arizona Virtual Academy and Insight Academy of Arizona. Her education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration. Dr. Van Sande’s experience includes teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in traditional district schools, charter schools, and online, and has held various administrative positions including Dean of Academics and High School Principal, prior to moving into her current role several years ago. Dr. Van Sande serves as an advisory member for the Arizona Charter School Association and is a member of the Digital Teaching and Learning Study Committee commissioned by Arizona’s Governor. She works closely with the schools’ principals, administrative teams, and teaching staff to ensure the mission and vision of each school are the driving force behind all decisions to ensure students are successful and have a positive school experience.

A fun fact about Kelly is she is a classically trained pianist and vocalist.

If Kelly could take students anywhere in the world, she would take them to visit Rome. She feels the historical architecture and immense history of the area is fascinating and would love to share the experience with the students of Arizona Virtual Academy.


Deputy Head of School

Sarah AlexanderSarah Alexander joined AZVA in 2006 as a Title I math teacher. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Arizona teaching certification, and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. Her classroom experience spans kindergarten through eighth grade in both brick-and-mortar and online schools. Sarah moved into the Title I Coordinator position in 2010 and helped develop Schoolwide Title I programs in AZVA and Insight Academy of Arizona. Through Title I, Sarah has had the opportunity to work collaboratively with students, teachers, parents, administration, and the Department of Education to advance school programs. She is excited to be part of this unique schooling option that supports school choice for Arizona students and families.

An interesting fact about Sarah is that she once landed an airplane!

If she could take students anywhere on a field trip, she would take a field trip to several national parks.

An interesting fact about Sarah is that she once landed an airplane!

If she could take students anywhere on a field trip, she would take a field trip to several national parks.  


Elementary School Principal

Sheri BehnSheri Behn joined the AZVA team as a highly qualified teacher in September 2010. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Her 15 years in education include teaching elementary age students, K5 lead master teacher, and K5 assistant principal. In addition, she has her English as a Second Language and Early Childhood endorsements.  Sheri enjoys working with a diverse population of students and families from around the state. Her dedication to helping students achieve academic success will help guide her decisions as she leads the K5 team.


Elementary School Assistant Principal

Sara SikoraSara 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. Sara also has her English as a Second Language and Early Childhood endorsements. She has been teaching for ten years in K–5 and has a great deal of experience working with at-risk students. She was part of the K-5 leadership team for two years and is looking forward to her new role as the K5 vice principal.


Middle School Principal

Melody WilliamsonMelody Williamson joined AZVA in February 2006. She received her BA in education from Arizona State University and her Master's degree in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. Melody started her teaching career in a first through third grade multiage classroom, followed by teaching music to grades K through 6. After joining AZVA, she taught grades K through 8, and then served as the school testing coordinator for three years. In 2010, she moved into the role of Blended Learning Director where she worked to open 18 blended learning sites in just five months and developed our partnership with the YMCA, which continues to be an important stakeholder today. She assumed the role of interim assistant principal for the middle school in January 2014. Her experience and longevity at AZVA has prepared her for her role as the middle school principal.

 


Middle School Assistant Principal

Heather CavellHeather Cavell joined the AZVA team in Jan 2011. She is currently the Middle School Assistant Principal. She has held the positions of the Lead Master Teacher for the Middle School, math team lead, and math teacher. She is a participant on the STEM Science of Baseball team and has been the co-sponsor of the middle school Space Club.Heather is from Tucson, AZ. She is a certified mathematics teacher. Heather received her Bachelors' degree from the University of Arizona. She taught high school for a few years at Vail High School, while working on her Masters' degree. She returned to school for her doctoral research which she completed in May, 2010 at the University of Arizona.


High School Principal

Veronica MurrayVeronica Murray joined the high school team at AZVA in July 2007 as an English teacher. Prior to that, she taught English for several years at a variety of levels in the Gilbert area. In 2010, Veronica transitioned to English department lead, a position she enjoyed immensely. Veronica received a degree in English and a degree in secondary education from Arizona State University, and she is currently working toward a master's degree in education. Her goal is to foster positive communication to build relationships between staff, families, and students.


High School Assistant Principal

Shannon Veal

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.


Student Support Administrator

Elizabeth Hall
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 Student Support 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.


Director of Special Programs

Brook MosleyBrook 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 StatlerStephanie 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.


Coordinator of Title Programs

Bouchra BounaniBouchra Bouanani: Previously an Electrical Engineer for almost a decade, Bouchra left that world and joined education in 2005. She holds a Master's Degree in Education and an Elementary and Secondary teaching certificate with endorsements in Math and French. She started at AZVA in 2011 as a Title I math teacher, then moved into Math Content Specialist position in 2014. Since then, she has worked closely with all Math teachers and administrators to support teachers in implementing math best practices in classroom instruction. She assessed professional development needs, created material and resources, assisted in implementing the Mathematical Practices and coached in data analysis and MTSS decision making.  She also offered weekly support sessions for Learning Coaches. Bouchra's passion for education and commitment to all our students drives her continuous efforts to research, learn and instruct on the best practices, resources and evidence based methods. 

A fun fact about Bouchra is she is originally from Morocco, speaks four languages fluently, and can read, write, and slow speak a fifth one. She also learned how to ride a bike with her kids. 

Bouchra would love to take her students to Morocco in spring where they can swim, surf, ski, and enjoy hiking in different close by places.