Meet Our Team

Meet our Special Education Teachers

Special Services Teachers

Jessica Bain

Jessica started with Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy’s (OVCA’s) high school in 2020 teaching personal finance and special education. She is in her 14th year as an educator. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from University College London, a master’s degree from University of Southern California, and a professional certificate from University of California at Riverside. She has worked in Oklahoma and abroad and is thrilled to be in Oklahoma and part of the OVCA team!

Cara Bass

Cara teaches high school special education math at OVCA. She has been teaching math for more than 16 years and moved to OVCA in 2018. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University in 2005.

Kelly Cook

Kelly is a special education teacher with more than 20 years of experience in her field. Kelly holds a BA in liberal arts, elementary education and special education. She holds certificates in mentally handicapped, severe-profound/multiple disabilities, learning disability and mild-moderate disabilities.

Kim Evans

Kim has been a special education teacher for more than 16 years. She started with OVCA in 2020. She has two bachelor’s degrees, one from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the second from Northwestern Oklahoma State University at Alva. She has met a lot of famous people and has traveled to all 50 states.

Amy Burke

Amy joined OVCA as a special education teacher in 2010. She also worked for Arizona Virtual Academy for one year. Before her virtual education years, she taught at Skyline High School in Arizona.

Rebecca McGuffin

Rebecca is one of the 5th grade special education teachers who joined the team in 2016. She has been teaching for approximately 15 years. Rebecca earned her BA and master’s degree in special education at the University of Oklahoma. She holds certifications in mild-moderate and severe-profound special education and elementary education.

Lori North

Lori is a graduate of East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. She is certified in early childhood, elementary and special education. She has been teaching since 2012, including general and special education and has served as a special education director. She taught 4th grade for OVCA from 2015–2018, is currently serving as a 4th grade special education teacher, and she sits on the 2020–2021 school year special education advisory board. She believes school choice is important for all and is so excited to once again be a part of this fantastic program.

Michelle Ochsner

Michelle is a 5th grade special education teacher. She started with OVCA in 2019. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in education in 2011. Her major areas of study included special education, elementary education and early childhood education. Prior to coming to OVCA, she taught for Edmond Public Schools for nine years, working with special education students in grades K–8.

Madonna Pittman

Madonna has been a special education teacher for 25 years in Oklahoma and Nevada. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix, and EdS from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Beth Spinks

Beth is a special education teacher who started at OVCA in 2019, having been in education for more than 10 years. She was a teacher in Texas for eight years. She has a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics. She started in elementary special education and was moved to high school in 2019 to fill a need and is glad to be back “home.” She believes anyone can learn if information is presented correctly for them.

Danielle Stevens

Danielle is currently a SPED ELA teacher who started with OVCA’s high school in 2020. Previously she taught for six years in the Tulsa, Union, and Muskogee districts. She has a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University. She loves to write, even in her free time.