Erin Starkey M.Ed. - Head of Schools
I have worked in Oklahoma public education for the past 20 years. As a teacher, athletic coach, instructional coach, principal and instructional designer. I am so excited to launch this school in Oklahoma and create a community-connected virtual opportunity for our students that will help them discover a pathway to a fulfilling and successful career in the future! I live in the OKC metro area and have 4 boys from ages 5 to 18, we love to camp, hike and travel.
Brad Talley M.Ed. - Principal
From an early age, I knew I wanted to be an educator, hoping to impact others in positive ways. My journey started as an elementary school teacher, where I spent seven years teaching fifth grade in Norman, OK, and also where I met my future wife, a fellow teacher. Next, I had the opportunity to be a middle school math teacher and geography teacher in Norman. During my fifth year in middle school, I transitioned to administration as an Assistant Principal in Oklahoma City. In OKC I was blessed to spend time in various communities across the city through my role in four elementary and middle schools. In 2021, I became Principal of a middle school in Norman, where I led for two incredible years. Now, I am grateful to have the opportunity to impact students across the state as Founding Principal of Virtual Preparatory Academy of Oklahoma. Having three school-aged children of my own, I know how important it is for schools to be safe, engaging, and focused on developing lifelong skills and knowledge. With those in mind, I believe VPrep will be a great place for students to grow!
Blaire Harrison M.Ed. - Operations Manager
I have seventeen years of experience in education and spent twelve years as a classroom teacher, ten of which were in Oklahoma Public Education and two abroad at Brent International School of Manila, Philippines. Prior to this role, I worked for the Oklahoma State Department of Education on several federal grants that focused on putting support in place for students. I hold an M.Ed. in Elementary Administration and a BS in Elementary Education from East Central University. My dedication lies in Oklahoma Education, where I have been actively involved in enhancing student learning through various grants and committees. At home, I am mom to three boys, Kase (8th grader), Reid (5th grader) and Hart (Pre-K). My husband is an elementary principal. We have three family pets, two dogs (Zoe and Teddy) and a gecko (Tug). In my free time, I love to travel and explore new locations with my family.
Danielle Shaw M.Ed. - Special Education Coordinator
I am from Cordell, Oklahoma, a small town in the western part of the state. I spent the first ten years of my career teaching Special Education, Elementary, and Music in small towns across Oklahoma. Most recently I taught Special Education and was the Special Education Manager for the K12 partnered schools in our state. I am married to my High School sweetheart, Jerod, and we have three boys. We keep busy with their sports, band, and other activities. We like to unwind as a family camping and fishing at the lake as often as possible.
Jill Shero MLS – Director of Business Partnerships and Career Pathways
I am a Development Director with a demonstrated history of working with educational organizations including tribal, non-profit, federal and state entities. I have a strong background in native law and diplomacy studies from American University and am finishing up my Masters in Indigenous Law at the University of Oklahoma. I am excited to connect VPrep to our local business leaders and help build a career pipeline for our students directly into Oklahoma industries.
Kevin Buller M.Ed.- Success Coach
I am a native Oklahoman (love it here!), and I have been in online education since 2006. I served as a history teacher, advisor and counselor. I enjoy reading, sightseeing and lawn work. I am looking forward to getting to know you and working with you this year.
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