Trust the Dedication of California's Foremost Educational Leaders
The administrative staff for the nine California Virtual Academies is composed of professionals and specialists dedicated to making an online academy a very real learning experience. Here are some of the people who work behind the scenes at the CAVA public schools to keep responsive to your needs:
Head of Schools
April Warren first joined the CAVA schools in 2004 as a teacher. Over the last 12 years she has served in various roles from supporting teachers and parents with curriculum and instructional strategies, developing processes and procedures to ensure compliance with various state and federal agencies, and working with teams to continue to increase the instructional programming and support offered to students. Recently, under her leadership as academic administrator, the elementary team has developed a transitional kindergarten program, the middle school has implemented a model more in line with the unique needs of middle school students, and the high school programs have seen increased growth in both passing rates and student engagement. April graduated with honors from California State University, San Bernardino in 2002. She resides in southern California and enjoys spending time with her husband and five children.
Katrina Abston is the executive director for the California Virtual Academy @ Maricopa. Gaining experience in both the traditional brick-and-mortar and independent study settings, Katrina brings a broad scope of educational knowledge to her position. Serving on state committees, reviewing curriculum, teaching parenting classes, and designing home interventions for special education students are a few of the leadership roles she has performed during her years of charter school service. Katrina's administrative experience includes working as a categorical projects manager, case manager, special education director, district-wide teacher coach, and various other school management positions. She holds a multiple subject credential, a mild to moderate education specialist credential, and a master's in special education. She has chosen both traditional brick-and-mortar and charter school placements as educational options for her children.
Dean of Student Services
Laura Terrazas is the dean of student services for the California Virtual Academies. She graduated from CSU, Fresno, with a bachelor's degree in English and nutrition, and received her multi-subject teaching credential from National University. Laura has a single-subject credential in English and a mild to moderate special education credential. She previously held the position of a general education teacher, where she gained expertise in the K12 curriculum. Laura also served as special education teacher and the special education coordinator with California Virtual Academies. In these positions, she worked closely with families, supporting them with their learning. She also worked closely with the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), developing SELPA petitions and policies, and ensuring that all students receive services. Laura has experience in brick-and-mortar settings in the independent study and charter school field, and she works hard to ensure that all her students get the opportunity to be successful.
Director of Community Day
Leah Fellows has over 20 years of teaching experience working with preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school students. Leah has been a classroom teacher, both in the brick-and-mortar and virtual setting. She has served in many roles since starting with California Virtual Academy in 2003. Presently, Leah is the director of the Community Day program, which is a blended learning model, allowing students to learn both virtually and in a classroom setting. Leah has an associate degree in child growth and development, a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and is completing a master’s degree in educational leadership at Brandman University in Irvine. She also teaches adult classes on parenting and organization. Leah and her husband have two daughters and live in Southern California.