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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)

Elementary Educators

Jennifer Schoeberl

4th & 5th Grade

Garret McDowell

K-12 Physical Education

Laura Wagers

K-5 Music

Jennifer Hale

K-2 Art

Emilea Davis

K, 1st, 2nd Grade

Andrea Snapp

3rd Grade

Middle School Educators

Andrea Sturgis

6-8 Reading & ELA

Carla Johnson

6-8 Math & Science

Garret McDowell

K-12 Physical Education/Health

Bridget Zabel


Victoria Zieger

Social Studies

Shelly Gibson


Melissa Morrison

Agricultural Science

Amanda Saxton

Project Lead The Way

Ebeny Smith


High School Educators

Calyn Cook

English Language Arts

Tina Shaginaw

Social Studies

Victoria Zieger

Social Studies

Samantha Herrington


Gwen Funk

Science/Credit Recovery

Garret McDowell

K-12 Physical Education/Health

Lorie Brunner

Family Foods

Denise Dibella


Colin Drown


Amelia Jordan


Daniel Kahre

Agricultural Science

Lori Newman


Annie Roseberry

Physical Education

Ebeny Smith


Specialized Support

Andrea Snapp

K-12 Special Education

Robert Dunlap

K-12 Special Education

Deb Roberts

Sign Language Interpreter

Alison Byrd

Gifted and Talented


Lenny Hihath

Elementary (grades K-5)

Renee Green

Secondary (Last Name A-K)

Stephen Kibler

(Last Name L-Z)

Educational Support

Claire Gerhardt

Administrative Assistant

Aaron Swett

Technology Support

Robert Nash

Curriculum Advisor
Instructional Technology Specialist


Dr. Ashly McGinnis


Dr. Lara Gilpin

Grades 6-12

Bethany Clark

Grades K-5