Leverage the Expertise of Seasoned Education Administrators
Texas Virtual Academy’s (TXVA’s) administrators are dedicated to making our virtual school an ideal learning experience for all students. Additionally, the K12 support staff handles the technology and other back-end business aspects for our school, providing all TXVA families with a strong technical support system.
- Amanda Rollert, Director of Academics has served the state of Texas and the southwest region of the United States for the past 23+ years in both the public and private sectors as an educator, manager, and trainer. She helped facilitate the growth, development, and regional expansion for two different corporations with her last position leading the business development for an educational software company. Her project management and analytical prowess helped her streamline processes and lay foundations to expand market growth across the country. Amanda has solid experience with all aspects of corporate development and has worked closely with contract negotiations, state agencies, compliancy boards and superintendent councils. Amanda’s roots are solidly placed as an educator, and she clearly approaches all she does with the mentality of rolling up her sleeves to work side by side with teachers, students and families to deliver our mission of transforming learning for every student we serve. Amanda has an exceptional dedication to customer service and a tireless commitment to excellence. Building teams of distinction has been a strength for Amanda at every juncture in her career and will continue to be a platform she stands upon with TXVA. Amanda has been married to her husband Bobby for 32 years and they have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and anything having to do with competitive volleyball.
- Dawn Kaiser, Director of Operations, has been in various roles within K12 Texas for 6 ½ years ranging from Advising, Compliancy and most recently, the Deputy Head of School. She brings solid operations experience and she is known as the “process queen of Texas.” Dawn holds her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and is finishing her Master’s in Business Administration. Dawn is a U.S. Army veteran and served in a NATO operation in Bosnia-Herzegovina where she met her husband of 17 years. Dawn also has two loveably nerdy girls, Madeleine who is 11, and Gabriella who is 8 years old. In her spare time, Dawn’s nose is deeply buried in any book and is excited for this new challenge. Her focus as the Texas Director of Operations is to implement best practices, develop effective processes, build strong relationships and create a culture of excellence.
- Daphne Troxell, Principal for Grades 6–12 born and raised in Arizona where she began her teaching career as a high school math teacher. She holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in math and was part of an administrative training program in Arizona. She moved to Texas in 2014 and has enjoyed learning all about Texas history. She served as a regional instructional coach for the Southern Region prior to joining TXVA as principal. Daphne has been focused on improving the academic performance of schools in our Southern Region and has played an integral role in the development of our national Students First Instructional Coaching program. Prior to joining the Southern Region, Daphne served as the math department lead, new teacher mentor, and middle school math teacher at both Arizona Virtual Academy and TXVA. She is dedicated to helping others reach their highest potential and become effective members of our communities.
- Melissa Robinett, Assistant High School Principal, began her career in a first grade classroom after graduating from UT Arlington. Since then, she has spent the remainder of her career in secondary schools, teaching English and Social Studies. Melissa came to TXVA in 2012, serving as a teacher, department chair, and Intervention Supervisor before transitioning into her role as the Assistant Principal for the high school. Like her students, she pursued virtual education, earning her M. Ed. In Educational Leadership online from the University of North Texas. She is committed to working with students, families, and staff to create an educational experience that is challenging and prepares students for life.
- Ashley Johnston, Assistant Academic Administrator for grades 3-8, is a Texas girl through and through – she even showed steers in high school. Ashley began teaching Science and coaching girl’s athletics in 2003 in her hometown. She holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Tarleton State University. After starting a family in 2012, Ashley joined the virtual world, teaching middle school math for TXVA. In 2015, she accepted a supporting role as Instructional Coach for K12 working closely with TXVA Math and Science teachers. Now in her second year of service as 3-8 Assistant Academic Administrator for TXVA, Ashley is committed to helping her school empower students to achieve their highest potential.
- Kathryn Monroe, 6-8 Curriculum Coordinator, earned a Bachelor’s degree from Dallas Baptist University in 2007 and is currently completing her Master’s in Education at Liberty University. Kathryn taught in the brick-and-mortar setting in various content areas including Special Education, ESL, and elementary self-contained. She is passionately committed to encouraging joy and exploration as the foundation of successful instruction. Kathryn works with teachers to improve academic achievement for all students by providing high quality, learner-oriented instruction.
- Tom Troxell, Special Programs Manager, holds an undergraduate degree from Covenant College in Historical Studies and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Special Education. He taught in traditional brick-and-mortar schools for fourteen years, working with all grade levels, Kindergarten through 12th grade. His background includes teaching both general education and special education students. Within special education, Tom has specialized in students with emotional disabilities and students who are often in self-contained classrooms. Tom began working in virtual education in 2009 and joined K12 in 2012. While working in the virtual classroom, Tom has worked with students in Kindergarten through 12th grade across the complete spectrum of special education services and students being served through Section 504. His areas of focus include: Student engagement; Lesson adjustments (accommodation and modifications); General education teacher support; Student behavior support; Teacher training; and Family support. Away from work, Tom enjoys spending time with his wife, three children who dance competitively, six fish, and a dog.
- Christy Brewer, High School Curriculum and AP® Coordinator, began her career as a virtual educator in 2008 with iQ Academy Texas and then TXVA in 2010 as a high school social studies teacher. She has taught students in grades 6–12 in the subjects of English, special education, and social studies, and holds certifications in various fields. Christy holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She believes that all children can prosper, and that it is our duty as educators to provide them with the tools to be successful.