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 Sande is the Head of Schools 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 at the Arizona Charter School's 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 in order to ensure students are successful and have a positive school experience.
Deputy Head of School
Sarah 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.
Erica Cunningham has been with AZVA/ISAZ since March 2005. She has held many positions over the years starting with a K8 teaching position before transitioning into the AZVA high school program. At AZVA High School, she worked as an instructional coordinator, lead academic advisor, assistant principal and high school principal. She took on the position of insight academy director and has run the school successfully for two years. Erica received her bachelor's degree in elementary education and her master's degree in educational leadership. She works closely with her team of teachers and support staff to ensure that the mission and vision of the school is the focus of decisions and that all students are successful.
Assistant Academic Director
Christine Twidwell joined ISAZ in 2013 as a Title I Math teacher. After being a part of the ISAZ Math department for three years Christine became the Data and Instructional Specialist for ISAZ with a focus on MTSS and implementing school wide testing. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Math Education and Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Christine works with the ISAZ team, students and families to provide support so that all students are provided an engaging and positive learning environment.
Director of Special Programs
Brook Mosley-Schubert joins AZVA/ISAZ 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, in which she taught 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 of all ages who face 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.
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, Lead Master Teacher of instruction and Assistant Director of Special Education. Working with students of all ages and ability levels is her passion.
Coordinator of Title Programs
Bouchra Bouanani: Previously an Electrical Engineer for almost a decade, Bouchra left that word 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 LCs. 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.
Sarah Olivas previously worked in the corporate world for over ten years as a Data Governance Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, and her love of learning and passion for supporting teachers is what brought her to join education. She has been with AZVA since December of 2016. In her current position, she assists in recruiting, hiring, and training new AZVA and ISAZ teachers and staff. For more information about how you can become part of the dynamic Arizona Virtual Academy team please contact Sarah at email@example.com.
Academic Administrator for Blended Learning Programs
Banji Judge brings a wealth of experience in education. She was a 3-5th grade elementary school teacher for 14 years, serving as a grade level chair for most of her career. Banji joined AZVA as an instructor in 2008 where she thrived building relationships in the online school environment, while delivering instructional support to her students. In 2014, Banji assumed the Community Liaison position for our school district. Her focus in the Community role was on communication between our AZVA and ISAZ families and the teachers/administration, building a Parent Advisory Council, coordinating social media Facebook groups and Booster events throughout the state. In February 2016, Banji transitioned to the Blended Learning: Community and Marketing Administrator position. In this role she built a strong foundation of STEM, Academic Support Models and community engagement for our students blended learning program. In January of 2018, Banji moved into the Blended Learning Principal position. In her current position, she manages all Blended Learning site staff. For more information about Blended Learning, please contact Banji at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kimberly Young joined AZVA in 2006. She has held several roles within AZVA over the past ten years including Learning Coach, Elementary teacher, as well as administrator. Kimberly is currently working as the AZVA/ISAZ Community Liaison. She has always loved learning and being a teacher was just a natural decision for her. She graduated from ASU with her BA, and NAU with her Master’s degree. She is passionate about online learning and the options students in Arizona are provided through our programs. Kimberly enjoys serving our student body and assisting families with connecting and engaging a strong school community! Assuming the position as community liaison in December 2015, Kimberly has focused on communication between our ISAZ families and the teachers/administration as her first priority. She publishes the monthly newsletter—the Monthly Memo—for all AZVA and ISAZ families in K–12. Her duties don't stop there: she coordinates our parent Facebook groups and the K12/ISAZ public Facebook page, the AZVA K–8 mentoring team, and she schedules and coordinates both teacher and Booster events throughout the state. If you need any help with anything associated with ISAZ, please feel free to contact Kimberly at email@example.com.
Regional Technology Manager Central Region
Keith Johnson joined K12 in September 2012. He is responsible for teacher, administration, and site technology for every school within the central region, including AZVA. He has been a teacher and district technology director in Michigan for more than 15 years and holds three degrees: a BS in engineering, BA in secondary education, and an MA in career and technical education from Western Michigan University. He has taught grades 7 through 12 in industrial technology, computer applications, and multi-media production and is highly qualified in Michigan and Arizona for grades 6 through 12. Keith has also delivered classroom management training for educators and school districts throughout the Midwest. He is excited to be part of the K12 team and serving the Central Region.
Family Engagement Administrator
Elizabeth Hall has been in education for over 10 years. She started her career at Arizona Virtual Academy in the as a high school electives teacher. She has served as a department lead, district test coordinator and has been the Family Engagement Administration since school year 2016-2017. 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.