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Our Story

Our teachers and staff are here to assist families and students with their academic, social, and emotional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. We’re excited to serve our students, community, and region by offering innovative educational experiences, and by continuing to learn and grow alongside our students.

We look forward to supporting and encouraging our students in their learning journeys. By coaching them to be academically successful, guiding them to be productive citizens, and leading them towards meaningful interactions with their peers and their community, we provide our students with lifelong skills.

We believe that the smallest efforts can make the biggest difference, and we believe in always going the extra mile for our students.

The SJSD Virtual Academy provides high-quality learning opportunities, regardless of where our students are located. The process is simple:

Enroll through your local school district
Access courses
Engage with teachers
Learn anytime, anywhere
Monitor progress

MOCAP Accreditation

We’re aligned with Missouri Learning Standards and that has been reviewed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. All courses are delivered by certified Missouri educators. External evaluation shows we have not only met, but exceeded the standards for high quality course design.

“My son loved his Virtual Academy teacher and I loved the high quality lessons. But one of the greatest things about Virtual Academy is the flexible schedule. We can be done working by lunch or have classes at the park if we want! We are so lucky to have this option!”

Aaron Skaith, parent of Owen (kindergarten)

A letter from our leadership

Students and Families,

We are excited to welcome you to our SJSD Virtual Academy! We are pleased that you are joining us in the online learning space we’ve created to maximize your opportunities to learn in flexible, creative, and engaging ways. We believe that the learning experiences we offer will facilitate the growth of your learner through rich and rigorous instruction, all the while allowing you, the key supporter of your student’s education, to be an active observer of the process.

While online learning has been a part of the educational landscape for a number of years, for many students, it is a new way of accessing academics. We are dedicated to our online learners and their families. We vow to serve our learners by providing quality coursework, certified teachers, and frequent communication about student progress—and are committed to ongoing work to make our courses the best they can be for our students, no matter where they live in the state of Missouri.

We believe the partnership between school and home is crucial. We know that striking a balance between the responsibilities of personal life and the work of learning is difficult. If you experience any challenges with your student’s courses, we are ready to partner with you to resolve those challenges. The value of education is great, and its impact is lasting. The SJSD Virtual Academy’s learning opportunities come when computers are open—no matter where our students are located, and we are committed to making that learning quality and accessible, anytime and anywhere our students choose to learn.

If you are interested in learning more about registering for SJSD Virtual Academy courses, please contact your local school counselor for enrollment information.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marlie Williams
Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services
St. Joseph School District

Dr. Marlie Williams

Assistant Superintendent of Academic and Education Services

Elementary Educators

Erin Wilkinson

Kindergarten

ErinWilkinson@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Kirsten Hutchison

First Grade

KirstenHutchison@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Jamie Duddy

Second Grade

JamieDuddy@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Sandra Makos

Second Grade

SandraMakos@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Lisa Reed

Third Grade

LisaReed@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Lauren Reed

Third Grade

LaurenReed@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Jennifer Schoeberl

Fourth Grade

JenniferSchoeberl@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Morgan Skaith

Fourth Grade

MorganSkaith@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Madison Miranda

Fifth Grade

MadisonMiranda@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Garret McDowell

Grades 3-5 Physical Education

GarretMcDowell@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Mersadee Lofts

Grades K-2 Physical Education

MersadeeLofts@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Alysa Orchard

Grades K-2 Music

AlysaOrchard@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Laura Wagers

Grades 3-5 Music

LauraWagers@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Jennifer Hale

Grades K-2 Art

JenniferHale@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Maggie Casey

Grades 3-5 Art

maggiecasey@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Middle School Educators

Susan Bridges

English Language Arts

SusanBridges@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Andrea Sturgis

English Language Arts

AndreaSturgis@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Melissa Bohannon

Social Studies

MelissaBohannon@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Glenda DeShon

Mathematics

GlendaDeShon@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Carla Johnson

Science

CarlaJohnson@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Ebeny Smith

Business

EbenySmith@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Garret McDowell

Physical Education/Health

GarretMcDowell@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Mersadee Lofts

Physical Education/Health

MersadeeLofts@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Jenifer Gibbs

World Languages/Credit Recovery

JeniferGibbs@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Daniel Kahre

Ag Science

DanielKahre@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Jessica Keefer

Ag Science

JessicaKeefer@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Bridget Zabel

Hillyard

BridgetZabel@sjsd.k12.mo.us

High School Educators

Calyn Cook

English Language Arts

CalynCook@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Beth Ann Reinert

English Language Arts

BethAnnReinert@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Jenifer Gibbs

World Languages/Credit Recovery

JeniferGibbs@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Danielle Coulson

World Languages

DanielleCoulson@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Tina Shaginaw

Social Studies

TinaShaginaw@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Victoria Zieger

Social Studies

VictoriaZieger@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Emily Kazmaier

Social Studies

EmilyKazmaier@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Samantha Herrington

Mathematics

SamanthaHerrington@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Melissa Johnson

Mathematics

MelissaJohnson@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Gwen Funk

Science/Credit Recovery

GwenFunk@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Mary Ann Dudley

Science

MaryAnnDudley@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Ebeny Smith

Business

EbenySmith@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Lori Newman

Business

LoriNewman@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Maggie Casey

Fine Arts

maggiecasey@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Shane Heard

Fine Arts

ShaneHeard@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Garret McDowell

Physical Education/Health

GarretMcDowell@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Mersadee Lofts

Physical Education/Health

MersadeeLofts@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Specialized Support

Andrea Snapp

Special Education

AndreaSnapp@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Robert Dunlap

Special Education

RobertDunlap@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Deb Roberts

Sign Language Interpreter

DebRoberts@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Alison Byrd

Gifted and Talented

AlisonByrd@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Counselors

Lenny Hihath

Elementary (grades K-5)

LennyHihath@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Renee Green

Secondary (Last Name A-K)

ReneeGreen@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Stephen Kibler

Secondary
(Last Name L-Z)

StephenKibler@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Educational Support

Danielle Silvey

Administrative Assistant

DanielleSilvey@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Aaron Swett

Technology Support

AaronSwett@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Robert Nash

Instructional Technology Specialist

robertnash@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Angela Dorsey

Instructional Technology Specialist

angeladorsey@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Administration

Shannon Nolte

Grades 6-12

ShannonNolte@sjsd.k12.mo.us

Bethany Clark

Grades K-5

BethanyClark@sjsd.k12.mo.us

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