Meet our Elementary Staff
Director of Elementary Education
Amy Maxwell received her teaching credential from Chapman University and started her teaching career in 1996. In 2000, she completed the administrative credential program at the University of California, Irvine. During her years in the brick-and-mortar classroom, she taught upper elementary and worked at the district level in the areas of GATE and history and social science. Amy started her career with California Virtual Academy @ San Diego in 2007 with the high school program. Since then, she has served as a K–8 teacher, regional lead teacher, regional program coordinator, and began her current position as the director of elementary education, overseeing the elementary program for the nine California Virtual Academies, in the 2013–14 school year.
Elementary Principal, Central Campus
Suzanne McCarty received her teaching credential from Concordia University in 1998 and then went on to acquire her master's degree in education with a specialty in reading from National University. She began teaching in the classroom with a primary focus in fourth grade. Suzanne then began teaching with California Virtual Academy @ Kern during the 2004–2005 school year. She has worked as a K–8 teacher, Community Day teacher, regional lead teacher, and is now serving in her fourth year as an elementary principal.
Elementary Principal, South Campus
Sarah Neuenschwander has been teaching since 2001 and started with the California Virtual Academy @ Los Angeles staff in the middle of the 2005–2006 school year. Prior to coming to CAVA @ LA she taught sixth grade in the West Covina school district. Sarah has worked as a K–8 teacher as well as a regional lead teacher. She became a regional program coordinator in the 2012–13 school year, and currently serves the southern region, which includes CAVA @ Maricopa and San Diego as the principal of the South Campus. She lives in Southern California with her husband and four kids.
Interim Elementary Principal, North Campus
Debra Doran earned her education credential from Fresno Pacific University and began with California Virtual Academy @ Fresno in 2011. She has taught in all aspects of education, from elementary to post-secondary school. At CAVA, she has held the positions of K–8 teacher, mentor teacher, new teacher trainer, regional lead, and principal. She continues in her post-graduate work with a focus on administration and presents as a trainer in conflict resolution in education and peer mediation. She has taught and supported students during transitional foster placements and teen group homes. She resides in Southern California with her family.
TK–2 Curriculum Specialist
Rachael Rogers holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, a bachelor's degree with human development focus, and a multiple subject teaching credential. She has been with the California Virtual Academies since 2007. During her tenure with CAVA, she has held the positions of K–8 teacher, mentor teacher, and engagement and support teacher. She currently serves as the TK–2 curriculum specialist for all CAVA schools. After pursuing education in early childhood, her career began as a preschool teacher, and was followed by substitute teaching in elementary school for grades K–6. Prior to CAVA, as an elementary school teacher, she taught students in kindergarten, first, and second grade, as well as teaching for the homebound hospital program for grades K–6. She currently resides in Southern California with her family.
3–5 Curriculum Specialist
Jennifer Murray earned her bachelor's degree in sociology, with a minor in education, from University of California at Santa Cruz in 2004. She also attained her master's degree in elementary education from Loyola Marymount University in 2007 and a California Clear Multiple Subject Credential in 2010. She has 10 years of teaching experience in brick and mortar schools, beginning as a high school English teacher in France, and transitioning into elementary school, teaching grades 3 and 4. She served as a CAVA general education teacher since 2014 for grades K–5. Jenny currently resides in Northern California with her family and holds the position of CAVA's 3–5 curriculum specialist.