Our Teachers

Certified Teachers Make the Most of Each Student's Experience

Teachers at Insight manage all facets of the instructional experience. In middle school, the teacher assigned to your student establishes the Individualized Learning Plan, monitors progress, provides targeted intervention when needed, answers questions, and monitors attendance.

Unlike a traditional school, our teachers do most of this work remotely rather than in the classroom. In grades 7–8, teachers communicate with both parents and students on a regular basis through various methods such as e-mail, phone, one-to-one online meetings, and live "ClassConnect" sessions.

As your child progresses, the teacher remains involved to monitor progress, ensure mastery, and develop a specific intervention plan if he or she is struggling with a concept. These difficulties are identified by assessments that come at the end of every lesson and unit, by the regular progress testing proscribed at the beginning of the year, and through direct check-ins between parent, student, and teacher.

By high school, more instruction happens through real-time "ClassConnect" online sessions and extra sessions are offered, as needed, one-to-one and in small group online sessions to help students work through difficult topics. High school teachers are all subject-matter experts and are available to help with coursework and answer questions online, over the phone, and by posting information and advice for all students in the "Teacher's Office" threaded discussion board.

Elma Sproul joined the Insight Academy of Arizona staff in December of 2012, during the first year Insight began. She is a High School Advisor and Homeroom Teacher and is currently the lead advisor for roles and responsibilities.  Prior to joining the ISAZ team, she worked at Arizona Virtual Academy as a counselor tech. She earned her bachelor's degree in Education in 1985 and has taught in several states and overseas. She has worked with all ages in the education field from elementary school through high school, and even adult education. She enjoys working with high school students and teaches an elective course for her homeroom students.  Elma is married and has two adult children.  She wears many hats as a teacher, advisor, military spouse and military mom.  She loves being a part of the Insight team and in her free time volunteers weekly, working with children. 

Jennifer Elzholz joined K12 in 2011 and has been a part of ISAZ since it opened in 2012. She is an Arizona highly qualified middle school math teacher and has worked in education for 11 years. Jennifer graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education K-8. While working for K12 Jennifer has held several positions including fundamentals of geometry and algebra teacher, math Interventionist, seventh and eighth grade math teacher for Insight Academy, pre-algebra teacher and currently is the full time middle school student success advisor for Insight Academy of Arizona.  She is excited to be a part of Insight Academy and works closely with our Insight Middle School families.

Jacquie McGregor has been with Insight Academy since 2015, and in education, as both a teacher and curriculum developer, since 2000. She holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Music Performance from Northern Arizona University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University, an Advanced Degree in Graduate Studies from Boston University, and is currently completing her Doctoral Degree in Online Teaching and Learning. Before making the move to Insight, Jacquie spent 15 years teaching in traditional classrooms and working as a curriculum writer, and was the lead writer for K12’s award-winning Embark12 Music and Arts program. Currently, Jacquie serves as Electives Department Lead at Insight, as well as a full-time Electives teacher. She loves working with our Insight students, and believes that the connections we make between our families and school staff is what makes Insight Academy unique.

Amanda “Amy” Hart joined Insight in 2016. Amy graduated from Northern Arizona University earning a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and received a Reading Endorsement. She is an Arizona highly qualified teacher in Middle School Math and English. She has taught 8th grade Math and Reading in Flagstaff, and currently teaches 8th grade Math at Insight for the last 2 school years. She is proud to be part of the amazing Middle School team at Insight.

Tamara Regnier joined the Insight Academy of Arizona staff in 2015. She has taught 7th and 8th grade Social Studies and is currently the Middle School department lead. She has worked in education for nine years. She earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction for Arizona State University in 2012. She enjoys working with Middle School students and creates an interactive and engaging classroom where all students are equipped for success. Tamara is married had has two daughters. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking, camping, and spending the day on the lake in the hot Arizona sun. She loves being part of the amazing team at Insight Academy of Arizona and is excited to work with amazing families and students.

Head of School

Dr. 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.