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.
Amanda Sullivan, Special Programs Manager
Amanda Sullivan graduated from Western Governor's University earning her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies PK-8th. She went on to receive her Masters in Special Education as an Instructional Specialist for PK-4 from Arkansas State University and later earned for endorsement for 4-12 for special education. She is also certified in Elementary Education, Middle School Language Arts/Social Studies, and Middle School Science/Math. Prior to joining ARVA, Amanda worked as a special education teacher for a preschool with developmental delayed children. Amanda has worked for ARVA for over 4 years where she served as a special education teacher for all grades K-12. For the last 3 years Amanda has been a mentor for all new special education teachers and a leader for the special education department. Amanda now serves as the Special Programs Manager for ARVA. She takes great pride in getting to know students, families, and staff at ARVA. She looks forward to building relationships of great success and helping each student/family succeed during their time at ARVA.
Ashley Holder, Middle School Principal
Ashley Holder graduated from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education from Arkansas State. Mrs. Holder is certified in all content 4-8 and 7-12 mathematics. Mrs. Holder is also a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence Mathematics. Prior to joining ARVA, Mrs. Holder taught high school math and middle school math and literacy for 8 years. For three years she served as a teacher mentor and high school teacher with ARVA. Mrs. Holder now serves as the Middle School Principal for Arkansas Virtual Academy. She enjoys supporting teachers, students, and families.
Kristin Allen, Elementary School 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.
Mendy Felton, High School Principal
Mendy Felton graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a minor in business administration. She obtained her Master of Arts in Teaching from The University of Memphis. Additionally, she attended the Universidad de Valencia in Valencia. She is certified 7-12 Spanish and prior to joining ARVA, Mrs. Felton taught K-12 Spanish and English language arts in the public and private school settings. While at ARVA she has served as a high school teacher, mentor, and lead teacher before serving as the high school principal. She is excited to continue working and supporting the high school faculty, students and families.
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.