Meet Our Administrators
Trust the Dedication of Washington's Foremost Educational Leaders
WAVA's administrators are committed to ensuring the finest education possible for your children. From providing expert tools and strategies to teaching materials and parent support, our management is dedicated to making sure that you have what you need to deliver a well-rounded, enriching education to your children. Here are some of the people who maintain WAVA's high standards of education:
Head of School
WAVA's Head of School is Mark Christiano. With a bachelor's degree in mathematics from California State University Northridge and teaching credentials from California Lutheran University, Mark has taught math and science to students in grades six through junior college and in both private and public schools in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Prior to joining WAVA, he served for seven years as the director of Kihei Charter School, a blended STEM school on the island of Maui.
Elementary School Principal
WAVA’s Elementary Principal is Michelle Eilers. Michelle taught in public schools at the elementary level for 15 years in both California and Washington. Prior to joining WAVA, most recently she served as a Middle School Assistant Principal in the Tacoma area. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from San Jose State University in addition to her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Central Washington University.
Elementary School Vice Principal
Susan Boyer taught in public schools at the elementary level for 16 year in Western Washington. Prior to joining WAVA, she served as an Elementary School Assistant Principal in Burien. She has a Master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and in Educational Administration from Seattle Pacific University. Susan is passionate about learning and student success.
Middle School Principal
Tammy Alonzo is beginning her 24th year in education and her 11th year at WAVA. She loves innovation in education and parental choice to best meet all students’ academic needs. Prior to WAVA, Mrs. Alonzo taught in the traditional brick and mortar public school for 13 years teaching 5th grade, 6th grade, and high school math. Ms. Alonzo earned her Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University in K-8 Elementary Education and English and her Master’s degree from City University in Curriculum and Instruction. Additionally, she received her Administrators Credentials from Seattle Pacific University. Mrs. Alonzo is very proud of her staff and the work they do daily to provide the best education possible to WA state students.
High School Principal
Jayme Evans is beginning her fifth year as the High School Principal for Washington Virtual Academies. Mrs. Evans had taught High School Science and Math for eleven years before coming to WAVA. She has worked in large inner city schools as well as smaller rural settings and has always had an interest in alternative learning environments. Ms. Evans maintains two bachelor’s degrees, one degree is in Chemistry & the other in Biology. Ms. Evans received her Masters in Education and Administrative Credentials from Heritage University in 2009. Working in education has been a challenging and rewarding career choice for over 15 years. Creating an inclusive & interactive online community of learners has been the work Ms. Evans engages in daily. She looks forward to the students returning in the fall to launch the Best School Year WAVA students have experienced!
Middle School and High School Assistant Principal
Stephanie Schaapveld is the Vice-Principal for Middle and High School at WAVA. Stephanie taught in Iowa and Hawaii prior to settling down here in Washington State. Before beginning her first year as an administrator at WAVA, Stephanie was a high school science teacher on Vashon Island. She has a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership, both from Nova Southeastern University.
Director of Special Education
Shelley Sears has been with WAVA for over 10 years as a Special Education Teacher, Special Education Lead Teacher and Master Teacher. She has an elementary and Special Education degrees from Central Washington University. She also has dual Masters Degrees in Psychology and Education. Shelley is currently working on her principal certification through Gonzaga University. Shelley has 25 years experience in education. Prior experience with middle school and elementary school in various roles within Special Education, along with experience with private practive for family and child therapy and school therapy through Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare. Shelley believes that all children can succeed and WAVA is the best choice for many students!
Amy Peterson is beginning her fifth year with WAVA. She has previously served as WAVA's testing logistics coordinator, operations support specialist, and FASTeam administrator. Prior to WAVA, Amy taught Math and Language arts in the brick and mortar for four years. Amy earned her Master’s in Teaching degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia. She is very excited to blend her teaching background with her technical skills and wealth of WAVA experiences to provide our families and staff a great school experience.