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 Elementary School Teachers (K-5th grade)

Carrie Hiser joined the AZVA family in September 2012. She is a highly qualified teacher with over 15 years of experience in education.  During her time teaching 5th and 2nd grades here at AZVA, she discovered her passion for working with students, families and incredible teachers of diverse backgrounds around the state. Carrie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood from NAU.  She also earned a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from GCU.  Carrie became a Lead Master teacher in May 2019, and she is thrilled to make this school year a great one through partnerships with teachers, families, and students.  

Carrie Guerena joined the AZVA team in 2011. She is a highly qualified teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience including online, blended learning, and the traditional classroom setting.  She was honored as the K5 Teacher of the Year for AZVA in 2018.  Carrie is an NAU Alumnae holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. She became a Lead Master Teacher in 2019, and is dedicated to ensuring a successful school year for all AZVA families. 

Our Middle School Teachers (6th - 8th Grade)

Brianna Williams joined the AZVA team in August of 2017, where she has taught middle school social studies. History has always been her passion and she graduated from UCLA with her Bachelor’s degree in History in 2009. Upon moving to Arizona, she has had the opportunity to teach both high school and middle school history and social studies online and in brick and mortar classrooms. She is currently working on earning her Master’s Degree in Online Instruction from Southern New Hampshire University. She loves building interactive lessons and making history come to life for her students at AZVA!

Brenda Christopher joined the AZVA Middle School team in 2017. She graduated from Sonoma State University and earned her teaching certificate through National University. Brenda spent the early part of her teaching career in the primary grades, but as her own children grew, she began to develop a passion for working with middle school students. She saw that middle school students have unique needs and she enjoys playing a role in helping to build the skills and confidence in these young learners that will prepare them for high school and beyond. Brenda especially enjoys teaching language arts where she helps her students develop strong writing skills and uses literature in a way that connects student studies to real world experiences. She strives to make the learning experience relevant and meaningful for all, and she enjoys building relationships with her students and families. Brenda taught 8th grade language arts for her first 3 years at AZVA, and she is looking forward to teaching 6th grade language arts for school year 2020-21.

Stephany Levkoff  is excited to be starting her 3rd year of teaching at AZVA and 11th year teaching English/Language Arts. Stephany holds a master’s degree in special education and certifications in autism, social skills, co-teaching, IB high school English, and giftedness. "I believe that all children are capable of growth and learning, and I am honored to be a part of that process!"  Stephany lives with her daughter, husband, and four cats, in in beautiful Tempe, Arizona.  

Our  High School Teachers (9th-12th Grade)

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.