Meet Our High School Staff
Director of High School
Mina Arnold received her bachelor's degree in biology from University of California, San Diego. She then decided to pursue a career in education and earned her credential and master's degree from National University, as well as her administrative credential. She taught science for 11 years in a brick-and-mortar school before deciding to pursue a career in online education with CAVA @ San Diego. She has served as both a teacher and administrator with CAVA since 2007.
Campus 1 High School Principal
Liz Palmiter graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a bachelor's degree in communications and a concentration in journalism/media studies. She then attended San Diego State University where she earned her single subject credential in English. Prior to joining CAVA @ San Diego, Liz taught middle and high school English. While at CAVA @ San Diego, Liz taught English then served as the department coordinator for English as well as English and math intervention. Liz was a regional lead teacher before stepping in to the principal position for CAVA @ San Joaquin, CAVA @ San Mateo, and CAVA @ Sonoma.
Campus 2 High School Principal
Loretta Gilbert received her bachelor's degree in English literature from CSU, San Bernardino and her master’s degree in education and single subject teaching credential from National University. Before becoming an educator, she served as a technical writer and editor in the recreational vehicle and architectural industries. At brick and mortar schools, she taught at both the middle and high school levels. She joined CAVA @ Maricopa in 2012 as an English teacher, then served as a regional lead teacher before serving in her current position as principal for CAVA @ Maricopa, CAVA @ San Mateo, CAVA @ Jamestown, and CAVA @ Kings.
Campus 3 High School Principal
Rebecca Mortier received a bachelor's degree in liberal studies, a multiple subject teaching credential, and a master's degree in mathematics with a focus on conceptual understanding all from San Diego State University. Prior to joining CAVA @ San Diego in 2010, she taught for eight years in a brick-and-mortar school and taught three years of college courses at San Diego Community College. With CAVA @ San Diego, she taught math intervention, served as a department coordinator, and served as a regional lead teacher before becoming a high school principal for CAVA @ Los Angeles.
Campus 4 High School Principal
Julie Walsh received her bachelor's degree in liberal studies, with a minor in teaching English to students of other languages, at CSU Stanislaus. Prior to working at CAVA, Julie taught elementary grades at brick and mortar schools. Julie joined CAVA in 2003 and has held positions as a teacher, teacher trainer and K8 Regional Program Coordinator. In addition to these position Julie has also worked in other departments at CAVA and K12, including HS, curriculum, and UK schools. Julie joined the high school team as principal for CAVA @ San Diego in August 2016.
High School Lead Guidance Counselor
Anne Kahn received her bachelor's degree in Spanish from California State University, Fresno. She then decided to pursue a career in education and earned a master's degree in education as well as her pupil personnel service credential from California State University, Fresno. She spent six years at a brick-and-mortar school, then transitioned to teaching at a community college. Anne began working as a school counselor in 1995 and joined the CAVA @ Los Angeles staff in that capacity in 2007, becoming lead guidance counselor in 2008.