Meet Our Elementary School Staff

Director of Elementary Education  

Megan Evans received her teaching credential from California State University, Fresno and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in reading from Grand Canyon University. She is currently pursuing an additional master’s degree in Online Instruction from Southern New Hampshire University. Megan also holds an advanced certification in teaching English as a second language and her administrative credential. Megan began her teaching career as a 1st grade teacher in the Clark County School District in Nevada. She began teaching for CAVA as a K–8 teacher in 2011 and served as an Engagement and Support Teacher, Regional Lead Teacher, and Elementary Principal, before beginning her role as Director of Elementary Education in 2020.

Elementary Principal, Grades TK–1

Connie Wissner earned her teaching credential from CSU, Bakersfield
in 1998, as well as a degree in Forestry. Connie has enjoyed over twenty years
of experience in education. She worked as a Kindergarten, First, and Fourth
Grade teacher in the traditional classroom for eight years before coming to
CAVA in 2007. Since joining CAVA, she has worked as a K-8 teacher, a Teacher
Trainer, and an Elementary Lead. This is her 15th year with CAVA. She looks
forward to working together with the TK- 1st Grade teachers and learning
coaches to provide students with the support they need to grow and connect.

Elementary Principal, Grades 2–3

Karla Foster began her teaching career in 1991 where she taught all grade levels K–6. She also taught parenting classes, preschool, and adult English as a Second Language with a focus on supporting those parents with their student’s schooling challenges. Karla began her career with CAVA during the 2004–2005 school year as a K–8 teacher. She has served as a lead teacher and currently as the 2nd-3rd grade principal.

Elementary Principal, Grades 4–5

Jennifer Acevedo graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2001. She taught 2nd grade, 5th grade and 6th grade in a brick and mortar classroom for 6 years until she joined California Virtual Academies in 2007 as a K-8 teacher. She has supported teachers and families within our Community Day program and then as a Lead Teacher. This is her second year as an Elementary Principal. She resides in Southern California with her husband and five children.

TK–2 Curriculum Specialist

Melissa Smith received her degree from Chapman University and began her teaching career in 1996. Her teaching experience in brick-and-mortar schools spans multiple grade levels including kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 5th grade, in which she served her district as a department lead. She has been with CAVA since 2002, supporting students and families as a K–8 teacher, elementary trainer, regional lead teacher, regional program coordinator, and now as a curriculum specialist. Born and raised in Southern California, Melissa resides in Orange County with her husband Mike, and two teenage children.

3–5 Curriculum Specialist

Kim Hodgkinson received her teaching credential and her master’s degree in education from National University. She began her teaching experience in brick-and-mortar schools as a kindergarten teacher and served as a department lead. She has been with CAVA since 2007, supporting students and families as a K–8 teacher, an engagement and support teacher, a regional lead teacher, and now as the 3-5 curriculum specialist with the elementary department.  Kim resides in Southern California with her husband and two teenage children.