Meet Our High School Staff | California Virtual Academies

Director of High School

Angie Covil graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a bachelor’s in biology. After a career in laboratory sciences, she decided to pursue a teaching credential and taught in both brick-and-mortar and online with CAVA. Her experience in online education inspired her to earn her master’s degree in Educational Technology with an emphasis in online instruction. Angie is passionate about providing students with unique learning experiences that allow them to rise to their potential. She has served as both a teacher and administrator supporting all grade levels of students with CAVA since 2007.

High School Principal

Sara Laurent received a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, multiple subject teaching credential, and single subject teaching credential in mathematics from California State University, Long Beach as well as a master’s degree of education in the area of learning and technology through Western Governors University. Sara has been working in the field of education since 2005 and employed by CAVA since 2010. Prior to working in administration in 2016, Sara was a high school math teacher for 10 years, a high school swim coach for 4 of those years, and an elementary school teacher for 1 year. 

High School Principal

Shannon Gerlach received a bachelor's degree in English from UC Irvine. She has her single subject social science teaching credential and a master's degree in history from California State University Fullerton, and an administrative services credential and master’s degree in educational administration from Concordia University. Prior to joining CAVA at Los Angeles in 2010, she taught for seven years in a brick-and-mortar middle and high school and taught three years of college courses with the University of Phoenix. With CAVA at Los Angeles, she taught social studies and AP®government, served as an engagement support teacher, served as a teacher trainer, and served as a regional lead before becoming a high school principal.

High School Principal

Angie Bright received a bachelor's degree in human development with a minor in psychology from UC Davis. After falling in love with the education field while substitute teaching, she earned her single subject social science teaching credential from San Francisco State University. Before joining CAVA in 2013, she taught 3 years at a brick and mortar school in Sacramento and 3 years at another online charter school. Her experience with online schools and passion for alternative education lead her to earn her master’s degree in learning and technology from Western Governors University. With CAVA, she taught history and psychology and served as a regional lead teacher before becoming a curriculum specialist.

High School Principal

Rebecca Mortier received a bachelor's degree in liberal studies, a multiple subject teaching credential, and a master's degree in mathematics with a focus on conceptual understanding from San Diego State University. She also earned an administrative credential from National University. Prior to joining CAVA at San Diego in 2010, she taught for eight years in a brick-and-mortar school and taught three years of college courses at San Diego Community College. With CAVA at San Diego, she taught math intervention, served as a department coordinator, and served as a regional lead teacher before becoming a high school principal for CAVA.

High School Principal

Caroline Kalugin received a bachelor’s degree in social science, single subject teaching credential, and multiple subject teaching credential from Biola University. Prior to joining CAVA in 2012, Caroline taught middle school social studies for 6 years, and homeschooled her own children for 8 years. With CAVA she taught world history and U.S. history before joining administration as a high school lead in 2015 and principal in 2021.

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program Coordinator

Madonna Johnson has a double bachelor’s in human services and sociology from Black Hills State University in South Dakota, a master’s degree in school counseling from Capella University in Minnesota and is a licensed school counselor in multiple states. She has worked in education and work force development in multiple capacities for many years. She spent some time in Alaska where she worked at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). In her position there, she traveled the state promoting community outreach and engagement with secondary and post-secondary students. Prior to that she was the Tech Prep Program Coordinator at the UAA Community and Technical College and in that role, she worked with secondary students involved in Career & Technical Education.  Before entering the post-secondary world, Madonna worked with the military community as a Transition & Work-Force Development Counselor for service members transitioning out of the military. Madonna is passionate about offering college and career readiness for all students and providing them the unique educational opportunities through CTE that will allow them to rise to their potential.

HS Curriculum Specialist

Michele Berray received a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from San Diego State University. She has single-subject teaching credentials in math and Physical Education. In 2003, Michele earned a master's degree in teaching with an emphasis in educational technology from National University. Prior to joining CAVA, Michele taught math and PE at a traditional brick-and-mortar high school for nine years. She began her career at CAVA in 2010 and taught math for six years before becoming a curriculum specialist in 2016. In this role, she provides support to teachers in math, Physical Education, and the electives departments.

HS Curriculum Specialist

Michelle Bowden earned a bachelor's degree in English from Fresno Pacific
University and a master's degree in English Language and Literature from California State University, Fresno. In addition, she holds her single-subject
teaching credential in English. Prior to joining CAVA, Michelle taught English at traditional brick-and-mortar high schools for nine years and college English for four years at Reedley College. She began her career at CAVA in 2015 and taught for five years before becoming a curriculum specialist in English in 2020.  

HS Curriculum Specialist

Anya Dhillon received a bachelor’s degree in history, and single subject social science teaching credential from California State University, Fresno. Prior to joining CAVA in 2012, Anya taught intervention courses at a traditional brick-and-mortar high school. In 2015, Anya earned a master's degree in curriculum and teaching from Fresno Pacific University. She taught in both the Careers and Social Science departments at CAVA for 8 years before becoming a curriculum specialist in 2020. In this role, she provides support to teachers in social science, world language, health, and the electives departments.

HS Curriculum Specialist

Ginger Early received a bachelor’s degree at California State University, East Bay in journalism. After some time spent in writing and tutoring, she entered the field of education as a corps member in Teach For America during which she taught chemistry at a high school in Richmond, CA. During that time she also received her master’s degree in urban education policy from Loyola Marymount University in addition to two other science credentials. Ginger joined the staff at CAVA in 2015 where she has served as a teacher, lead, and curriculum specialist. In her role as a curriculum specialist, she supports teachers in science, careers, technology, business, and career technical education. She now resides in Fresno, CA with her husband and three kids.