Meet Our Administrators
Leverage the Experience of Seasoned Administrators
Scott Sides, Head of School
Scott Sides has served as Head of School at Arkansas Virtual Academy since June of 2010. Prior to June, 2010, he served as Head of Middle School and Director of Fine and Performing Arts at Episcopal Collegiate in Little Rock. Dr. Sides earned his Doctor of Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His Bachelor's and Master's degrees were both earned at the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to assuming leadership duties, he taught choral studies within the public and nonpublic school settings. Additionally, he currently sits on the Arkansas Public School Resource Center's Charter Advisory Board and the Eleanor Mann School of Medicine's Advisory Panel.
Amy Johnson, Academic Administrator and Assistant Head of School for Academics
Amy Johnson graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO with a B.S. in Secondary Education and later completed her Masters in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University. Amy began teaching in 1997 and spent the next 13 years instructing students, leading teachers, and serving as a school wide Curriculum Coordinator. Prior to joining ARVA in 2015, Amy served as a curriculum writer and reviewer for various online curriculum providers. She began as an English teacher at ARVA and served as an Instructional Coach before stepping into her current role as Academic Administrator. Amy is passionate about student achievement and looks forward to working alongside an outstanding administrative team and teaching staff.
Vanese Griffin, Special Programs Manager
Vanese Griffin has been with K12 since 2011. She has served as a special education teacher at Tennessee Virtual Academy for grades K-8th, lead teacher, master teacher, and blended site coordinator with TNVA. Prior to coming to K12 Vanese was a special education teacher and a GED instructor for Memphis City Schools. She also served as an adjunct instructor with LeMoyne Owen College. She holds a BS in Special Education from LeMoyne Owen College, M.Ed. in Administration & Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College. She has experience in alternate curriculums and assessments, transition services and related services. Within the role, Mrs. Griffin manages Special Education, Response to Intervention, 504, and English Language Learner initiatives.
Hollie Gumm, Principal, K–8
Hollie Gumm graduated from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, with her B.S. in Chemistry. She worked as a chemist in Scottsdale, Arizona, while completing graduate hours toward her secondary teaching certification. After receiving her certification from the University of Phoenix, she taught high school science and math at Gateway Community Charter School in Glendale, Arizona. After that, Ms. Gumm began teaching gifted science and chemistry at Centennial High School in Peoria, Arizona. Her Arkansas Virtual Academy experience began as a Learning Coach in 2005, and she has served as a Learning Coach for all five of her children. She began working for ARVA in 2009 as a virtual math coach, and added math certification for grades 7–12 in 2011. Ms. Gumm served ARVA families as the Title I Math Coordinator in 2013–2014, the Assistant Academic Administrator for K-6 in 2014-2015, and she is excited to support the school in the role of principal for middle school this year.
Kristin Allen, K–8 Assistant Principal
Kristin Allen graduated from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY with a B.S in Elementary Education. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN. Ms. Allen is certified as a K–12 school administrator and all content K–6. Prior to joining ARVA, Ms. Allen taught elementary school in the public and private school settings. The last two years she has served as the technology teacher and learning lab assistant for K–5 classes. Allen now serves as the K–8 Assistant Principal for Arkansas Virtual Academy. She is excited to have the opportunity to support teachers, students, and families.
Keith Dempsey, Interim High School Principal
Keith Dempsey has been selected to serve as interim high school principal for the 2016–2017 school year. He previously taught English Language Arts classes here at Arkansas Virtual Academy. Prior to joining the ARVA family, he worked at the Georgia Cyber Academy as both teacher and administrator. Mr. Dempsey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama, and a Masters of Divinity degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is certified in the states of Georgia and Arkansas in the fields of English/Language Arts (grades 7–12) and Educational Administration (grades P–12). He additionally spent 10 years (1990–2000) in the United States Army Reserve as a Battalion Chaplain headquartered in Athens, Georgia. Mr. Dempsey is proud to say that he strongly advocates for the K12 online learning system, especially since he has a son who graduated in 2015 from the Georgia Cyber Academy, powered by K12.
Gina Moore, Parental Involvement Coordinator
Gina Moore graduated from Angelo State University in Texas with her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and earned her Master's from the University of Central Arkansas in K-12 Reading. Ms. Moore's diverse experience includes teaching primary grades in traditional schools, early childhood regular and special education classes, and in alternative classrooms. She also served as an ARVA learning coach for seven years for her two youngest children. In August of 2009 she joined ARVA’s teaching staff and transitioned into her current position in July 2013. Her current role reflects Ms. Moore's passion regarding the importance of the parents’ roles in a child’s life as evidenced by her volunteer work. She chairs a committee and serves as a parent liaison within a non-profit community organization that serves children with special needs. In her role as ARVA's Parental Involvement Coordinator, she leads the Family Academic Support Team as they work with families to fully engage them in our school.
Camber Thompson, Operations Manager
Camber Thompson graduated from the University of Tulsa with a B.S.B.A in Marketing and Communication and a Master of Business Administration. Prior to joining the ARVA administration team in February 2016, Ms. Thompson worked for eight years in various procurement roles within state and local government including the position of State Procurement Director. As Operations Manager, Ms. Thompson manages the daily operations of the school, including personnel, finance, policy, and other areas.