Meet Our Teachers

Team Up with Experienced, Highly Qualified Teachers

Teachers at the Virginia Virtual Academy are your partners in your children's education, and are available every school day to help you and your children through any challenges you may face. Here are a few of the regular education and special education teachers you'll get to know at the Virginia Virtual Academy.

K–2 Team

Whitney Elkins, K–2 Lead Teacher Whitney joined the VAVA team in August 2010 to work primarily with K—1 students. She graduated from the University of Virginia at Wise in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Literature and Language and taught for four and a half years in brick and mortar schools in both Virginia and North Carolina. Whitney is most passionate about reading education, and in 2007 she earned a Master of Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Reading and Language. While she values each of her experiences in education, she is particularly proud to be meeting the needs of 21st century learners as a member the VAVA faculty!

3–5 Team

Penni Harrison, 3–5 Lead Teacher Penni joined the VAVA team in September 2009—its inaugural year! She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Virginia and a Master of Education degree in Educational Technology from City University. Over the course of her teaching career, Penni had the opportunity to teach in several states and in the Department of Defense Schools in Germany. Penni comes to VAVA with over 18 years of classroom experience (PreK-4th), 2 years of virtual teaching experience with the K12 Educators Group, and 4 years as a member of K12’s Assessment and Research team. Currently, Penni serves as the Lead Teacher for grades 3–5. She is pleased to be a part of the VAVA family and looks forward to helping each child have a successful and enjoyable learning experience.

6–10 Team

Elizabeth Clark, Middle School and High School Lead Teacher Elizabeth Clark began working with the Virginia Virtual Academy as a math teacher in 2010.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where she majored in mathematics.  She also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.  Since beginning her math teaching career Elizabeth has enjoyed working with students in grades four through twelve.  She lives in St. Augustine, Florida with her husband and their three boys McLean, Grey and Blair.  In her free time Elizabeth spends as much time outdoors as she can.  She loves to hike, kayak, paddle-board, bike and spend time at the beach with family and friends.