Meet Our Administrators

Leverage the Experience of a Seasoned Leadership Team

KSVA's administrative leadership team represents some of Kansas's leading experts on school management and is committed to ensuring the finest education possible for your children. From providing expert tools and strategies to parent support, the KSVA team is dedicated to making sure that you have what you need to deliver a well-rounded, enriching education to your children. Here are some of the people who maintain KSVA's high standards of education:


Cassandra Barton, M.S.Ed- Head of School Mrs. Barton has been working with KSVA since the launch in 2013. Mrs. Barton taught high school English language arts for 11 years. She has a BS in secondary education - English and a Master's in school leadership. Mrs. Barton is passionate about online education as an option for students in the great state of Kansas!

Phillip Thies, Ph.D-K-8 Principal is thrilled and honored to have the opportunity as the new Academic Administrator (Principal) of Kansas Virtual Academy and Insight School of Kansas for grades Kindergarten-8th. Dr. Thies’ professional experience as an educator has included working with excellent students, teachers, and administrators throughout K-12 as a teacher, curriculum/instruction administrator, and principal for nearly twenty years. Dr. Thies is a graduate of Kansas State University, where he attained his bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He achieved his master’s degree in educational administration from Pittsburg State University and his doctorate degree in Education in Urban Leadership and Policy Studies from The University of Missouri-Kansas City. The focus of his research at The University of Missouri-Kansas City was in supporting teachers who are personalizing learning for students in a blended/virtual learning environment. Dr. Thies’ own personal mission is to serve and inspire those around him to exceed their own expectations in learning and in life. You can be assured he will uphold this mission as the Academic Administrator (Principal) of Kansas Virtual Academy and Insight School of Kansas.

Christine Olinger, M.S.Ed-Special Programs Administrator


Elizabeth Bukaty- Operations Manager 

Rachel Hagan-Student Support Services

Elicia Harrison, LMSW-Social Worker 

Holly Henry-Compliance Coordinator