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.
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 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.
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.
An interesting fact about Erica is she is the oldest of 12 children.
Erica would inspire her students to take a trip anywhere in the world that would inspire them to do their best.
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.
Christine enjoys vacationing on Lake Powell fishing, tubing, and enjoying her family.
If she could take her students anywhere in the world it would be to Washington D.C.
Family Engagement Administrator
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 Family Engagement 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.
An inside tidbit is that Elizabeth loves the holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas she reflects on the importance of family and friends. You will find her decorating the inside of her home and baking—Elizabeth LOVES to bake; especially this time of year.
Elizabeth would take students on a cross country road trip. She believes we live in an amazing country and everyone should take the time to explore it. In Elizabeth’s words; “Unless you get in a car to see all of the amazing places, towns, geography, and people; you truly cannot understand this amazing and diverse place we all have the privilege to call home”.
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, 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.
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, 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 a Northern Arizona cattle ranch.
Stephanie would love to take students to a farm or ranch so they can see where their food comes from and the hard work involved in getting to their homes.
Coordinator of Title Programs
Bouchra 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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
An interesting fact about Bani is her full name, “Banjjan”, means Beautiful Sister.
If she could take her students anywhere in the world on a field trip it would be to the Fiji Islands to see the grass hut homes on the water, tide pooling and to adventure through the beautiful water snorkeling.
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! Kimberly has focused on communication between our ISAZ families and the teachers/administration as her first priority. She publishes the monthly newsletter—Bobcat Bulletin—for all AZVA and ISAZ families in K–12, manages our social media sites, Twitter, Instagram, K12/AZVA public Facebook page, and the exclusive Parent Facebook groups. Her duties don't stop there: she also coordinates, and schedules our school event calendar with community, teacher, and Parent Booster led events throughout the state. If you need any help with anything associated with ISAZ, please feel free to contact Kimberly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An interesting fact about Kimberly is she has four kids that love to collect pets, they’ve had dogs, 2 hamsters, a rabbit, and a parakeet named Steve!
Her dream field trip would be to take students on a cruise to Pompeii, Italy.
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.
A fun fact about Keith is that he taught shop class for 16 years to 7-12 grade students.
If he could take students anywhere, he would take them to Australia.