Meet Our Team
Meet our Administrators
Virginia Virtual Academy (VAVA) leadership is committed to empowering our school community and providing students with high-quality learning experiences.
Dr. Kenny Moles | Executive Director
Kenny joined VAVA’s team in August 2017 as the academic administrator for our high school. He earned a Bachelor of Science in education from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia. He completed his graduate work at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, earning both a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership. Kenny has 15 years of administrative experience encompassing all programmatic levels of K–12 education. Those experiences involve service in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina, including work at the West Virginia Department of Education. He was a high school social studies teacher prior to entering administration. Kenny is married to Sara Moles, a kindergarten teacher for VAVA. Together they have three children, Madilyn, Kent, and Josiah. Their weekends are spent enjoying the events their kids are passionate about and spending quality time together as a family.
Caitlin Owens | Elementary Principal
Caitlin joined VAVA as the K-5 Assistant Principal in 2019 and served as the 3-5 Assistant Principal the following year. Caitlin earned her Bachelor’s degree from Radford University and began teaching 3rd grade upon graduation. She continued to teach while completing her master’s program with Liberty University. After receiving her Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision, Caitlin worked as the assistant principal for the same PreK-7 school in which she taught. Caitlin lives in southwest Virginia with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. She has a passion for instructional leadership and enjoys working with teachers, students, and families to help all students be successful.
Suhad Garcia-Batiz | Secondary Principal
Suhad Garcia-Batiz joined the VAVA team in 2019. She earned her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology at George Mason University in 2004. She continued her education at GMU to earn a Master’s Degree in Special Education in 2007. In 2012, she earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision. Her teaching career began in Prince William County in 2004 where she taught students with Specific Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities and Middle School Math until 2016. At that time, she joined K12 as an Instructional Coach where she worked closely with K12 educators across the country to improve their teaching practices. Suhad joined the VAVA family in 2019 and is currently the Secondary Principal. She has a passion for supporting the growth and learning of not only her students, but her staff. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, spending time with her family and finding fun outdoor adventures. She looks forward to continuing to work with all of our students, families and staff at VAVA.
Christine Taylor | Special Programs Administrator
Christine joined the VAVA team in August 2014. Before joining VAVA, Christine spent many years as a Fairfax County Public School teacher. She mainly taught English and reading, but also gained experience in science and all elementary content. Christine earned a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and holds a master’s degree in special education from George Mason University. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, children, and dogs. In her time away from work, Christine enjoys traveling, completing home projects, and gardening. Christine looks forward to assisting families with any special needs and is happy to answer questions about special programs.
Jennifer Trotter | Operations Manager
Jennifer joined the VAVA team in August 2011 as a K–4 teacher. She earned a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies and a Master of Science in reading from Radford University. Jennifer is also a national board certified teacher in early childhood education (preK–3). She has 13 years of teaching experience in a variety of elementary grade levels and has taught as an adjunct professor in the education department at Radford University. She lives in Southwest Virginia with her husband and two children. She thoroughly enjoys working with VAVA students and families to help them along their education journey.
Deanna Swortzel | Academic Data and Assessment Administrator
Deanna Swortzel joined the VAVA team in July 2014 as a K–1 teacher and is excited to oversee the data and assessment team this school year after serving as the elementary principal for several years. She comes with a variety of background experience including teaching 1st and 4th grades, community organizing and working as a gifted specialist teaching students in kindergarten through 12th grade. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Radford University. She also holds a gifted endorsement and has a passion for working with high-ability students. Deanna lives in Southwest Virginia with her husband Brian and four sons. She enjoys being outside and watching her boys play sports.
Laura Cantrell | In-Division Academic Administrator
Laura has served at VAVA since 2016 in the roles of ELA middle school teacher, high school English teacher, high school assistant principal, and now as In-Division Academic Administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Roanoke College and Master of Science degrees in Teaching Literacy and Language, and in Educational Leadership. She resides in Floyd, Virginia with her family and enjoys sports and singing. Laura is passionate about helping students find a great balance between their personal priorities and academic pursuits as a virtual educator.