Middle School

LEAD TEACHERS

Lisa Cottrell is a 7th grade Science teacher, mentor teacher, and lead teacher at the Middle School. She joined OVCA in 2014 and has a Master of Education in Literacy from the American College of Education. Mrs. Cottrell has certifications in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Middle Level English.

Erin Goodridge is the Music and Art teacher at OVCA Middle School and also serves as lead teacher. She joined the K12 team in 2014, and has been teaching for 17 years. Erin holds a B.S. in Music Education, a B.A. in Music with a flute performance concentration, as well as her M.M.Ed. from Lebanon Valley College. She holds certificates in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, as well as in General, Instrumental, and Choral Music K-12. She has taught elementary and middle school band, choir, and orchestral ensembles. She is also certified in art, and has taught elementary and middle school art for 10 years.

MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS AND STAFF

Nicole Bryson is a 6th grade ELA teacher in her rookie year with K12. Before joining K12, Nicole taught for 15 years at the high school level, teaching English 9-12, Spanish 1-3, AP Literature and Composition, ELL, Alternative School ELA 9-12, and was a yearbook advisor for 14 years. Nicole earned her BA in Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She also received her M.Ed. as a Reading Specialist from SWOSU as well.

Cindy Coleman is in her first year as an 8th grade Science teacher at OVCA. She has a 20 year career teaching high school and middle school science. Cindy received her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and holds a total of 7 Oklahoma teaching certifications. Cindy and her husband of nearly 35 years have 2 adult children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. Her passion for teaching is shared with her hobbies of reading, crocheting and watching her Alma matter play football and basketball.

Marie David (Moery) is a 7th and 8th grade math teacher who joined the K12 team this school year. She brings 12 years teaching experience, having taught high school and adults in the Oklahoma Public School system and in the Oklahoma Career Tech system. Mrs. David earned a BS in Social Science from St. Gregory's University. She holds certificates in Advanced Mathematics, Psychology/Sociology and Mid-level Social Studies.

Trina Driver is a 6th grade Science teacher who joined K12 in 2013. She has 15 years of science teaching experience. She is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. She has earned a BA in sociology/criminology at the University of Oklahoma, and MA is Teaching, Learning, and Leadership-Curriculum from Oklahoma State University. She holds certificates in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Mid-Level Social Studies, and 6-12 grade Earth Science.

Jenny Holliday is a 6th grade History teacher who joined the K12 team in August 2018.  She brings 14 years of teaching experience to the classroom.  Jenny taught 3 years in TX and 7 years in Oklahoma before pursuing a teaching job overseas for 4 years.  While overseas she taught English, Math and Science to Arabic speaking children. Mrs. Holliday earned her BS in Elementary Education from Northeastern Stated University in Tahlequah, OK.  She holds a certificate in Elementary Education Grades 1-8.

Sara Jackson is a 7th grade Language Arts teacher who joined the team in 2016. She brings 7 years of experience in education, community service, and professional development. Sara earned a BA in English from the University of Central Oklahoma and holds a teaching certificate in Secondary English (grades 5-12).

Meagan Kieslich is a 7th grade teacher who joined K12 in 2018.  She has more than 10 years of experience in education.  Mrs. Kieslich earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern State University.  

Elizabeth Kirk is a 7th Grade Math Teacher with Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy.  She has been teaching math and in education for over 16 years.  Mrs. Kirk earned her BA in ED from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.  She holds a certificate in Middle Level Mathematics and Health/Physical Education.

Allison McCartney graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2009 with her master's in mass communication. She worked in public relations for two years before teaching and is certified in math and English. She taught five years in Putnam City and Edmond schools before coming to OVCA where she is in her 3rd year teaching 8th grade English. She has taught anywhere from 6th grade math to 12th grade AP English and was also a newspaper adviser. She is currently working on her PhD also at Oklahoma State. Go Pokes!  

Pamela Morgan is an 8th grade ELA teacher who joined the K12 team in 2018.  She brings more than 18 years’ experience in education, higher education, and community service.  Pam earned a BA in Education from Northeastern State University specializing in Language Arts and History.  She holds certificates in Elementary Education, 6-8 Language Arts and 6-8 Social Studies.

Cindy Mullins graduated from Oklahoma State with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Middle School Social Studies and a master’s degree in Teaching and Educational Leadership.  This is her eighth year with OVCA. She is currently teaching 8th grade American History. Before coming to the virtual world she taught 21 years in Oklahoma brick and mortar schools.

Amanda Schmidt is the OVCA Middle School Spanish and PE teacher.  She has been with OVCA since 2014 and taught 2nd grade for several years prior.  She earned an Elementary Education degree from East Central University in 2008.  She then studied Spanish for a year abroad in Costa Rica, and added a Spanish teaching endorsement (PreK-12th grade) to her teaching certificate upon her return. 

Jennifer Sissom joined the OVCA middle school team in 2014.  This year, she is the Middle School Math Interventionist and a mentor teacher.  This is her 17th year of teaching.  Jennifer completed a BS in Chemistry and Mathematics in 1996, and an MS in Science Education in 2018.  She is certified to teach mathematics, science, and special education.

Jessica Smith is the 6th grade middle school math teacher for OVCA. She has been teaching since 2001. She taught math at Western Heights Middle School for two years, then took a year off when she had her first baby. She ended up at Riverside Elementary and taught ELA for 14 years before leaving the brick and mortar schools for OVCA. She received her National Board Certification as well.

Theresa Thompson is a 6th grade math teacher. She joined Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy in 2018, after teaching at community college for 17 years and 1 year of teaching English online to students in China. She holds a BS in Mathematics Education from Northeastern State University and is currently one semester away from her MS in Mathematics Education. Ms. Thompson hold certificates in Mid-Level Math, Intermediate Mathematics and Advanced Mathematics.

Ginger Trouba is a 7th grade Geography teacher who joined the k12 team in 2011.  She earned her BS from Northeastern State University and became a Certified Academic Language Therapist in September of 2016.  She has been considering a Masters in Reading or Special Education.