Meet Our Teachers

Trust the Expertise of Arizona's Best Teachers

Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) teachers are among the best in the state for distance learning. They consider themselves partners in your children's education and are available every school day to help you and your children through any challenges you may face. Here are some of the many highly qualified regular education, special education, and high school teachers you'll get to know at AZVA.

Our K-5 Teachers

Nicole Whitted joined the AZVA family in August 2012, and she taught at the 1st and 2nd grade levels. During this time, she discovered her passion for working with students, families, and incredible AZVA teachers of diverse backgrounds around the state. Nicole has her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education as well as her Master’s in Educational Leadership. Nicole became Lead Master Teacher in February 2016, and she is always inspired to make each school year a great one through partnerships with teachers, families, and students.

Jessica Boutwell joined the AZVA team in 2012. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. Jessica began teaching 3rd grade in 2007 in a brick and mortar setting. During that time, she graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on technology. Jessica is a highly qualified teacher and has been teaching first grade since joining the AZVA team. Jessica believes a strong partnership with AZVA families plays an important role in academic success and she loves helping her students see that anything is possible.

Carlie Thompson joined the AZVA team in 2014. She works on the 3rd grade team teaching Math and Science. She attended Northern Arizona University and earned her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with a minor in Music. She has 10+ years of teaching experience both online and in the classroom. She was honored as the Teacher of the Year for AZVA in 2017. She loves working with her students to build problem solving confidence, and dispel math anxiety. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, baking, playing sports with her 4 kids and busting out sweet moves for family dance parties.

Our 9th-12th Teachers

Anita Metcalfe joined the AZVA team in 2008. She is an Arizona highly qualified biology teacher and has taught for 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 teaching biology to her AZVA students.

Allison Powell is the high school English department lead teacher as well as one of the moderators for the school's National Honor Society chapter. She holds concurrent degrees in English and German from Arizona State University, where she graduated magna cum laude in fewer than four years. In the classroom, she has taught every level of high school English and German, including Advanced Placement for both languages. Here at AZVA , Allison is part of the sophomore English team, where she works to not only assist her students succeed with the curriculum, but also helps them develop the independent, critical-thinking skills that all students need to be successful in all of life's endeavors.

Amy Tregaskes is an Arizona Highly Qualified Teacher in secondary math. She graduated with a BS in mathematics education from Northern Arizona University. She has taught in both the high school and community college settings. Amy comes to AZVA with 17 years of teaching experience. As she puts it, it's not that she loves math as much as she loves to teach math. Amy believes that everyone can learn math; it is just a matter of finding the right tools.