Meet our Middle School Staff

Director of Middle School
Deanna Haynie
started her career in education in 1992. She received her bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Long Beach. She continued with CSULB to receive her multiple subject teaching credential. Before coming to work for the CAVA schools, she worked in K–8 public schools in Fishers, Indiana, and Cupertino, California; mainly with 5th through 8th grade students. She joined the CAVA staff in 2005 as a K–8 teacher. Since then, she has served as the lead of language arts, and Regional Program Coordinator for the northern CAVA schools for six years. Currently, Deanna is the Director of Middle School for all nine California Virtual Academies. Deanna holds a clear administrative credential. She is committed to making the CAVA Middle School Program the a great schooling option for all middle school students.

Middle School Principal
Sharon Flemmer
earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of California, Davis, with a minor in education. She received her multiple subject teaching credential from the University of the Pacific and an advanced K–12 online teaching certificate from Boise State. Sharon began her K–8 teaching career in Lodi, California in 1994, and joined the California Virtual Academies at San Joaquin staff in 2009. Since joining, Sharon's experience has included working with students in kindergarten through 8th grade and as a teacher trainer, in addition to a Regional Lead Teacher. Sharon is dedicated to leading middle school students to find personal successes in their educational career.

Middle School Principal
Shannon Jackson
earned her teaching degree in 2001 from California State University, San Bernardino. She has taught K–5th grade in brick-and-mortar schools. While in brick-and-mortar schools, she supported her local team with ensuring that the needs of English Language Learners were being met and strategizing ways to further support students and to promote academic growth. Further pursuing her educational career, she earned her master’s degree in administration in 2017. She joined the CAVA at San Diego staff in 2014 as a middle school teacher and moved on to be a regional lead teacher. One area of focus that Shannon is passionate about is working to foster relationships and community in the virtual environment.

Middle School Principal
Lara Titizian
began her career in education in 1998. She earned her master's degree in 2000 while teaching 6th grade in the Bay Area. Lara joined the California Virtual Academy at Los Angeles staff in 2008 as a K–8 teacher. Since then, she has also held the positions of regional lead teacher and lead teacher of testing. Lara became an educator because she has a love for learning and wants to share her passion with the people who deserve it most, the students. Her focus, along with the schools, is to provide our students with the necessary tools to become well-rounded, well-grounded individuals who will lead us into the future.

Middle School Curriculum Specialist
Mindy Dahl
received her master’s degree in education, master’s degree in business administration, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of La Verne. Before joining CAVA in 2017 as a middle school teacher, she taught across the grade levels in schools throughout Southern California. She has also served on curriculum and technology committees, been a mentor teacher, a lead teacher, and a master teacher for Cal State Teach. Mindy is dedicated to helping students and teachers find new and exciting ways to interact with curriculum to achieve their learning goals.

Middle School Curriculum Specialist
Amber Roumiguiere
received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and her multiple subject teaching credential from California State University, Sacramento. Prior to joining CAVA, Amber taught in Elk Grove and Sacramento area schools for several years as a paraprofessional for special education, classroom teacher, trainer of trainers, and master teacher. Amber joined CAVA in 2011 and served as a classroom teacher and engagement and support teacher before joining the curriculum team in 2018. She is passionate about curriculum and optimizing educational opportunities for students.