Meet Our Special Programs Staff

Director of Categorical Programs
Krista Mount
graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor's degree in psychology with an emphasis in mathematics. She received her teaching credential from Saint Mary's College of California and spent eight years teaching at a brick-and-mortar elementary school before joining California Virtual Academy @ Sutter as a teacher during the 2005–2006 school year. Since then, she has served as lead teacher of middle school mathematics and as curriculum specialist for the California Virtual Academies. As director of categorical programs, she works to ensure that all students have the resources they need to reach their full academic potential.

Director of Special Education
Cheryl Doe
has worked in Charter Schools for over 12 years and is passionate about building Special Education Programs to meet the unique needs of the families and staff she serves. She comes to us with a background as a special education high school teacher, transition specialist, alternative K-12 principal and manager of special education for brick-and-mortar, virtual and hybrid learning programs. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/HR, a Mild-Moderate Educational Specialist Credential with autism authorization and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from National University and California State University San Marcos. She has two grown children, one with special needs, and lives in Vista, California.

Program Specialist, Special Education
Carole Adams
began her teaching career in 2002, although she had been working with students through volunteering and substituting at local elementary schools for several years prior to that. She earned her master’s degree in curriculum, instruction, and assessment from Walden University in 2006, and has taken many post-graduate classes with an emphasis on gifted education (GATE) in recent years. Carole joined the California Virtual Academy @ Sutter staff as a K–8 teacher in 2008, and moved to the K–5 curriculum specialist position for all CAVA schools in 2010. She served as the elementary principal for the North Campus from 2013-2016 and currently supports students in grades TK-12 as a program specialist for CAVA @ San Diego, San Mateo, Fresno, and Kings.

Program Specialist, Special Education
Lisa Ostertag
has been both a regional education specialist and special education teacher for our schools since 2008. Over this time, she has become extremely knowledgeable about CAVA's special education program. Her current role allows her to share her knowledge and expertise with students, families, and staff with a positive influence in CAVA's Special Education Department. Lisa graduated from St. Joseph's College, New York with a bachelor's degree in elementary education concentrating in communication. She soon after studied at CW Post College, New York and earned a Master's Degree in Special Education. Lisa holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and a Mild/Moderate Special Education Credential. Throughout her career in the teaching profession, she has been devoted to accommodating the emotional, social, and cognitive diversity of students. Lisa lives in Napa with her family. Lisa currently supports our students in the K–8 program for CAVA @ San Joaquin, CAVA @ Sutter, CAVA @Sonoma, CAVA @ San Mateo, CAVA @ Fresno, and CAVA @ Kings.