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 CAVA in 2004 as a teacher. Over the last 12 years she has served in various roles including 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.
Director of Engagement and Community
Leah Fellows received an associate's degree in child growth and development and taught pre-kindergarten while completing college. She received a bachelor's degree and multiple subject teaching credential from California State University, San Bernardino. Leah taught first and second grade in a traditional school setting where she worked with English language learners, served as a mentor for new teachers, and was part of various site and district leadership teams. Leah has been with CAVA since 2003 and has served students, families, and staff in various capacities. Leah is currently in the role of director of engagement and community. This includes our Family Academic Support Team (FAST), as well as coordinating community development and WASC study. Leah has a Master of Arts in educational leadership and administration from Brandman University. Leah enjoys spending time with her husband and their two college-age daughters.
Family Academic Support Team Program Coordinator
Melisse Burns received bachelor's and master's degrees in anthropology from the University of Montana, Missoula. After earning her degrees, she spent time as a researcher and instructor in Montana, tutoring and advising at-risk college students. Melisse also worked with special needs high school students, helping them achieve their learning goals. She began working for CAVA as a family academic support liaison in 2015, helping high school students and families achieve success in our online school environment. Melisse subsequently served as a compliance liaison for students in TK–12 before beginning her role as the FAST Program Coordinator in 2018. Melisse resides in northern California, where she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and many pets.