Meet Our K–5 Teachers
Team Up with Professional, Minnesota-licensed Teachers
Teachers at the Minnesota Virtual Academy are among the best in the state for online education. They 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 Minnesota Virtual Academy.
Elementary Teachers (Grades K–5)
Mrs. Allmon is a 4th and 5th Grade teacher who joined Minnesota Virtual Academy in 2008. Prior to joining MNVA, Mrs. Allmon taught 5th Grade in Bloomington Public Schools for six years. She attended Truman State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in English and a Master of Arts in Elementary Education. Mrs. Allmon also holds a Certificate in Urban Teaching from Hamline University. Mrs. Allmon has seen the growth in student learning which can occur when students are challenged by their teacher, supported by an involved learning coach, and encouraged by peers in a culture of learning.
Mrs. Bearden is a 4th and 5th grade teacher who joined MNVA in 2013. She holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in education through Augustana University. Prior to joining MNVA, Jenna taught preschool, at-risk kindergartners, and 4th grade. Mrs. Bearden feels online learning gives students the opportunity to have more individualized attention and small group instruction to help them be successful.
Mrs. Bell is a kindergarten and first grade teacher who has been on staff with MNVA since 2004. She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Wyoming and a master's degree in special education from St. Thomas University. Before joining the Minnesota Virtual Academy, Rana worked as an Early Childhood teacher for Prior Lake–Savage area schools. She continues to attend workshops and courses to further her education. Mrs. Bell feels that online learning gives students an environment where they can get one on one attention.
Mrs. Bishop started teaching with the Minnesota Virtual Academy in the fall of 2007. Before MNVA, she taught middle school mathematics with the New Prague school district for 5 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education (K-6) with a specialty in 5-8 mathematics from St. Cloud State University. She also earned a master’s degree in education from Saint Mary’s University. Mrs. Bishop feels that online learning gives students that safe environment at home that allows them to relax and let their minds learn.
Mrs. Herman is a 3rd grade teacher who has been educating MNVA students since 2004. She earned her BA in Education from St. Cloud State University, and her MA in Education from the College of St. Scholastica. She holds a minor in Middle School Mathematics. Mrs. Herman feels online learning gives students a safe learning environment without all the distractions of a noisy classroom. Mrs. Herman also believes that her students benefit from having individualized instruction and one-on-one support.
Elementary Speech Teacher
Mr. Randall has been with MNVA since 2009 and teaches 4th and 5th grade. He grew up in California and has been teaching since 1992. Mr. Randall taught in the classroom for 16 years in California, mostly in low-income and inner-city schools. He earned a BA in Liberal Studies from Hope International University and a MA in Elementary Education from Claremont Graduate University. Mr. Randall believes there is no "one size fits all" approach to education. Online education is an outstanding option for many students. Online learning is a great setting that provides flexibility, a positive learning environment, and the opportunity for parents to be highly involved in their child's education.
Mrs. Revak is a Kindergarten and Second Grade teacher who joined the MNVA team in 2017. She brings with her 16 years of experience in education, curriculum, and instruction with ages pre-K through 6th grade. She earned a BA in Elementary/Middle Education from UW-Lacrosse, and a MA from Saint Mary's University. Mrs. Revak likes discovering new technology to engage her students in learning. She feels online learning gives students the opportunity to focus on their own education and potential without unnecessary distractions in the physical classroom.
Mrs. Runyan joined MNVA in 2003. Before moving to Minnesota, she taught third grade. She earned a BS in Elementary Education with an endorsement in English Language Learning and a MA in Elementary Education with a cognate in Reading Education from the University of North Dakota. Mrs. Runyan enjoys the options and opportunities each student has at MNVA. Mrs. Runyan feels students have an opportunity to master all learning targets each school year.
Mrs. Whittington is a K-1 teacher who joined the MN Virtual Academy in 2008. She worked previously in a traditional public school setting as well as in the business world. Cary earned a BA in both Education and English from the State University of NY at Potsdam, and her Master’s degree in Literacy K-12 from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She holds a license to teach grades K-6, and will soon be certified in Literacy K-12. Mrs. Whittington enjoys working with both the students and the learning coaches to foster growth and success. Mrs. Whittington feels this environment supports the needs 1-1 for students, and allows families to be engaged in their children's education.
Ms. Winter is a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher with Minnesota Virtual Academy. She graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in Elementary Education and Middle School Mathematics. Ms. Winter started teaching back in 2005 and has been teaching online since 2009. She is also currently working on her Master’s in Education focusing on instructional strategies. Ms. Winter enjoys providing more individualized support for students and families and enjoys working with students from all around the state. Ms. Winter feels online learning can be a positive opportunity for students because it allows more individualized learning, less classroom distractions for some students, safe environment from bullying, and ability to use extra time for enrichment or practice.