Launch Virtual Academy Team

Teachers/ Academic Coaches

Our Academic coaches are the first point of contact between student/parent and school. Each student at Launch Virtual Academy is assigned to an Academic Coach who provides personalized support based on the student’s academic progress, social, emotional and/or technical needs.

Bilingual (Spanish)

Aubry, Milena

Science

Banos, Ana

World Language (Spanish)
English (Bilingual Spanish)

Bolanos, Elena

Math (Bilingual Spanish)

Bruan, Janel

ELD

Champagne, Marie

Math

Clark-Cadwell, Michelle

English

Claudio, Michael

CTE-Information & Communications Technology

Conchas, Tanya

Math

Cox, John

English
Social Science
World Language (Spanish)

Cueva, Jannet

Spanish

Dombrowski, Timothy

Social Science

Echeverria, Bianca

Social Science (Bilingual Spanish)

Garcia, Ana

Chemistry

Gardocki, Ryan

PE/ Social Science

Gilles, Stephanie

PE/ Math

Gonzalez, Joseph

Social Science

Harris, Tere

Social Science

Hermundson, Zachary

Science

Kranzberg, Nicole

Science

Lavie, Sharon

English

Lehpamer, Monica

Math

Martinez, Brianne

Physical Education

Medina, Jorge

Social Science

Mendez, Priscilla

Math

Montano, Michelle

Social Science/ ELD

Neeb, Nicole

AP Language

O’Donoghue Melisa

Prep for success

Pettit, Stephanie

English

Petty, Katherine

Physical Education

Preston, William Jr

CTE-Arts Media & Entertainment

Rodriguez, Gretel

English

Santa Cruz, Renae

Social Science

Velliquette, Katherine

CTE-Information & Communications Technology

Virgen, Misael

Social Science
CTE- Arts
Media & Entertainment

Woehl, Maria

Math

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What is Launch Virtual Academy?

    Launch Virtual Academy is a Course-Based Independent Study School using a blended learning pedagogical approach designed for the student and family that wants a flexible program that maximizes choice. It is open to any 7th – 12th grade student that wants their education primarily online. It provides Choice, Flexibility, Personalized Learning, Online and On-Site Activities, Certified Teachers, Engaging Curriculum, Access to On-Site enrichment programs (as conditions allow and safety protocols are in place) including Sports, Visual and Performing Arts, Career Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).

  • How is Online Learning at Launch Virtual Academy different than Distance Learning?

    Launch Virtual Academy is an online school. It is not Distance Learning. Launch Academy is an independent study program where student attendance is based on satisfactory course progress, not seat time. There is teacher online instruction (LIVE Academic Sessions) and student collaboration, but less frequent than what students experienced during Distance learning. In regular school the teacher paces the class for all students to be on the same curriculum topics. At Launch Academy students have access to the course content 24/7 and can move faster through the curriculum than regular school. Students at Launch move independently through the course content while teacher monitors, evaluates, and provides support. Launch offers personalized and flexible education for each student.

  • Who may attend Launch Virtual Academy?

    Any student  in grades 7th-12th who lives within the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) boundaries.

    Any  student in grades 7th-12th who lives outside SUHSD boundaries but obtains an inter-district transfer permit from their current district office.

  • How many classes do students take at a time?

    We operate on a quarter system. Within each quarter, students will take 3 classes (credits). Each quarter class is equivalent to a semester-based class at a comprehensive school. By the end of the academic year students will complete 12 credits (classes) just as they would at a traditional site. Opportunities for advanced credit completion are also available within our quarter system.

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