Leadership Team

Head of School

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WAVA’s Head of School is Summer Shelton. Ms. Shelton has worked in education for nearly twenty years. Most recently, Ms. Shelton served as a building leader in the School District of Philadelphia to increase academic and educational experience outcomes for traditionally underrepresented students and families.


Prior to her work in Philadelphia, Ms. Shelton held leadership roles at K12. She served as the Academic Professional Development Coordinator at ISPA, in which she orchestrated the training of all staff during the launch year. As the Instructional Specialist for the Northern Region of K12, she played an integral part in launching programs as part of the Students First initiative. Ms. Shelton began her K12 career as a classroom teacher and leader at TNVA in 2011.


Prior to K12, Ms. Shelton was an educational leader in Tennessee, Mississippi, Czech Republic, and South Korea. She holds a B.S. in Curriculum & Instruction from The University of Southern Mississippi and a M.Ed. in Learning & Technology from Western Governors University. She received her leadership certification through Philadelphia’s Pathways to Leadership in Urban Schools program. Summer is passionate about equity in education for families and students.

Meet our Leadership Team

Susan Boyer


Director of Academics

Amalia Walle

Elementary School 


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Jennifer Dempewolf

Middle School 

Assistant Principal

Dolly Fernandes

Principal of Special Programs

Heather Bennett

Student Support Administrator

Danielle Beyer

Assessment Administrator

Joanne Warren

High School Principal

Terry Ackerman

Flex Principal

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Russell Kovalenko

Middle School 

Assistant Principal

Jennifer Tubbs

Assistant Principal of

Special Programs

Amy Peterson

Operations Manager

Delbert Heistand

Middle School Principal

Taylor Kreilmann

Elementary School 

Assistant Principal

Tom Yahraes

High School

Assistant Principal

Hailey Chamberlain

CES, Community Engagement

Josh Gannis

Office Manager

Stephanie Robinson

Assistant Operations Manager