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 at 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 CAVA in the 2013–2014 school year.

Elementary Principal, Grades TK–1

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 TK–1st grade principal.

Elementary Principal, Grades 2–3

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. 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 and regional lead teacher before beginning her role as an elementary principal in 2017.

Elementary Principal, Grades 4–5

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 CAVA during the 2004–2005 school year. She has worked as a K–8 teacher, regional lead teacher and is now serving in her seventh year as an elementary principal.

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

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.