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 School Principal is Susan Boyer. Susan taught in public schools at the elementary level for 16 years in Western Washington. Prior to joining WAVA, she served as an Elementary School Assistant Principal in Burien. She has her 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


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WAVA's Middle School Principal is Del Heistand. Del has enjoyed the opportunity to positively impact student learning at nearly every grade level and in multiple roles. Before joining WAVA, he served as the Kittitas Secondary School Principal for grades 6-12.  Del is very excited to be the Middle School Principal for WAVA.

High School Principal

Jayme Evans

Jayme Evans is the High School Principal for Washington Virtual Academies. Mrs. Evans 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 master's degree 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.  

Elementary School and Middle School Assistant Principal

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Kelly Allen is WAVA’s Elementary and Middle School Assistant Principal. Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Education from Lehigh University where she also played volleyball. Prior to joining the WAVA team, Kelly worked as an Instructional Coach in North Carolina and taught for five years as an elementary school teacher and interventionist in Texas and Illinois.  

Middle School and High School Assistant Principal

Stephanie Schaapveld Vice Principal

Stephanie Willenborg is the Vice-Principal for Middle and High School at WAVA. Stephanie taught in Iowa and Hawaii prior to settling down in Washington State. Before beginning as an administrator at WAVA, Stephanie was a high school science teacher on Vashon Island. She has her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Director of Special Education

Shelley Sears 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 her bachelor's degrees in elementary and Special Education from Central Washington University.  She also has dual masters degrees in Psychology and Education. Shelley recently completed her principal certification through Gonzaga University. Shelley has 25 years of experience in education, including in middle and elementary school in various roles within Special Education. In addition, Shelley has experience in private practice for family and child therapy as well as school therapy through Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare. Shelley believes that all children can succeed and that WAVA is the best choice for many students!

Operations Manager

Amy Peterson

Amy Giske is the Operations Manager with WAVA. She started with WAVA in 2012 and previously served as WAVA's testing logistics coordinator, operations support specialist, and Family Academic Support Team administrator. Prior to WAVA, Amy taught Math and Language Arts in a brick and mortar school for four years. Amy earned her master's in Teaching degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia. She is excited to blend her teaching background with her technical skills and wealth of WAVA experiences to provide our families and staff with a great school experience.

Assessment Administrator

Danielle Beyer

Danielle Beyer is the WAVA Assessment Administrator. She came to WAVA from a local school district where she worked with Assessment, Curriculum Reviews, and Grant Management. At WAVA, she oversees the scheduling of all state assessments for students. Danielle believes that education can change lives, and that opportunities are created out of each student’s efforts to succeed. Danielle received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Physics from Cornell College.