Meet Our Virtual School Staff

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Shanaya Anderson

Virtual School Coordinator

“Online education provides equal opportunity for all students.”

 Educational Background:

Shanaya Anderson received her B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Houston – Downtown,  M.B.A. from the University of Houston – Victoria, and her M.Ed. from Lamar University. She has 9 years of experience in the field of education.


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Maryellen Vargas

Virtual School Registrar and Attendance Clerk

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

 Educational Background:

Maryellen is currently attending University of Phoenix for a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.




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Kimberly English

Virtual School Teacher – Social Studies


I pride myself on being a life-long learner and try to instill that in each one of my students.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela


Educational Background:

Florida State University – BS Economics

Webster University – MA Human Resources Management and Development

Prairie View A&M University – MA Counseling

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Ashauna Lindo

Virtual School Teacher – Mathematics

“I love math!!”


Educational Background:

BS in Mathematics


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Matt McArthur

Virtual School Teacher – Science

“Online education provides equal opportunity for all students.”


Educational Background:

South Dakota State University – BS in Psychology


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Joanne C. Rivera

Virtual School Teacher – ELA 9-12, Reading 9-12, ESL

“I view teaching as a performance art. I love English, and that passion transfers to the delivery of my subject matter. Maya Angelou expresses it best in her poem “I love the Look of words.” Teaching English and reading opens the opportunity to create critical thinkers, and that occasion should never be underestimated.”

Educational Background:
University of Houston



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Twila Hamel

 Secondary German

“Knowledge is power! and such a good feeling!”

I will strive to help a student to reach his or her goal of academic success. I believe in accepting an student at whatever level and helping him or her to make progress toward the chosen goal”

Educational Background:

BA (Bachelor of Arts) from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas,with majors in English and Social Studies and a minor in German

MEd (Master of Education) from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas, in the areas of German, Education, and English as Second Language

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Veronica Johnson

Adjunct Virtual School Teacher – ELA

“All students can learn with different methods of instruction.”


Educational Background:

Houston Baptist University – BS Psychology and Sociology
Prairie View A & M University – Master of Education
Houston Graduate School of Theology – Master of Divinity


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Richard Mayes

Adjunct Virtual School Teacher – Biology 9-12, Mathematics 9-12

“I believe that the process of learning varies among students in every student population. How students process and store information makes each of them unique as learners. My role as a facilitator is to provide the motivation, foundation, and enrichment needed to help each student become a successful learner and to excel in areas of giftedness.”

Educational Background:

Texas Southern University – BS Biology
Prairie View A&M University - M.Ed. Educational Media and Technology


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Kathyanne Sheffield

Adjunct Virtual School Teacher - French EC-12, Generalist 4-8, ESL

“I believe that each student is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, that supports risk-taking, and that encourages students to share their ideas.”

Educational Background:

Lamar University–Master of Education in Education Technology Leadership (Anticipated December 2014)
Texas A&M University–Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and French

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Teasa Williams-Sykes

 Adjunct Virtual School Teacher - Chemistry

My teaching philosophy constantly evolves as I grow as a teacher.  I believe that I continue to learn along with my students. It is imperative that I remain open-minded and have a willingness to grow in my beliefs and practices as a teacher.  Since society is constantly evolving, so must I.

Educational Background:

Xavier University of Louisiana with a Bachelor’s Microbiology
University of Phoenix with a Master’s degree in Education



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