Special Programs Staff

Stephen Wood, Director of Special Education

Stephen Wood obtained his master’s degree and preliminary credential in special education from Claremont Graduate University and taught Middle School at San Bernardino City Unified School District.  During his years at SBCUSD, he taught a special day class for three years and then became a resource specialist while serving as the department chair. He also had the opportunity to work for West Covina Unified School District’s special education department where he served as an instructional support specialist.  In that position he supported over six schools from pre-K to adult transition, over saw the district’s special education transportation, and sat on our district’s Student Attendance Review Board.  Next, he was a special education program specialist for Learn4Life Concept Charter Schools and California Virtual Academies where he was responsible for presenting and communicating all new special education procedures at both department and all staff meetings. 

Kristine Gornto, Director of Special Education Compliance

Kristine Gornto graduated from California State University, Hayward with a bachelor’s degree in English and Chapman University with a master’s degree in Special Education. She received her teaching credentials from California State University, Stanislaus and Chapman University and spent seven years teaching English and Special Education at a brick-and-mortar continuation high school. Before joining California Virtual Academy in July 2018, she worked as a district Program Specialist/Administrator for six years. As Director of Special Education Compliance, she works to ensure that all Special Education programs and services are legally compliant.

Brandy Scott, Director of Student Support Services

Brandy Scott is the Director of Student Support Services for the California Virtual Academies (CAVA). She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a certificate in applied behavior analysis (ABA) from CSU, Fresno and a master’s degree in special education from NU with a specialization in autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  Her background and experience are in management, banking and finance and most recently served as the Related Services Manager for CAVA and four additional virtual schools. She has also worked directly with students with Autism during her graduate and undergraduate years.  She believes that all students should be celebrated for who they are and has enjoyed the shift in educational culture that recognizes that students with disabilities are students with ABILITIES.  Embracing the skills of students, especially due to neurological differences such as ASD is no longer a dream for the future, it is NOW.  Brandy is student-centered and passionate in her desire that all CAVA students with special needs are identified, supported and served quickly and with excellence. 

Krista Mount, Director of Categorical Programs

Krista graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor's degree in psychology with an emphasis in mathematics. She received her teaching credential from Saint Mary's College of California and spent eight years teaching at a brick-and-mortar elementary school before joining California Virtual Academy @ Sutter as a teacher during the 2005–2006 school year. Since then, she has served as lead teacher of middle school mathematics and as curriculum specialist for the California Virtual Academies. As director of categorical programs, she works to ensure that all students have the resources they need to reach their full academic potential.

Catherine MacDonald, Program Specialist