Mr. Kenneth Simeone, Principal
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year and the second year for The Cabarrus Virtual Academy. This is my second year as a Principal, but my 8th year as a school administrator. I am honored to be leading our group of students this school year and cannot wait to see our growth throughout the year.
I am originally from Milford Connecticut where I went to Joseph A. Foran High School. While at Foran High School, I was a State Champion in Cross Country and Track in Distance Events. While at Foran, I was recruited by Universities to come further my education and athletic career. I chose to come to UNC Charlotte (Go Niners!) because of the warm weather and high quality education that I would receive. While at UNC Charlotte, I majored in Special Education with a Minor in English. I was also able to compete in Cross Country and Track at the Division 1 level while at UNCC as well which allowed me to travel all over the United States. During my time as a Niner, I ran the Mile, 3K, 5K, 10K, and the 3000m Steeple Chase. Even though I have been gone for a few years from College, a few of my times in Track are still in the Top 10 all time for UNCC!
I started my career in 2007 as a sixth grade English teacher as a long term replacement for a teacher at CC Griffin Middle School. When the year ended, I stayed at CC Griffin Middle School but moved to Special Education where I taught students in a self-contained classroom setting for students with behavioral and emotional disabilities. After five years at CC Griffin Middle School, I moved to The Cabarrus County Opportunity School as the behavior specialist to assist students in returning to their homeschool. During my first two years, we were able to transition 90% of our students back to their homeschool which was the highest in the State for alternative schools. During my time at The Opportunity School, I pursued my Masters in School Administration from UNC Charlotte. After two years as a behavior specialist, I was promoted to be the Assistant Principal at The Opportunity School where I stayed for three more years. We continued to show a high level of success with our students during my time as an Assistant Principal. In 2017, I transferred to Jay M. Robinson High School as an Assistant Principal where I stayed for three years which brings me to where I am now!
When I am not working at The Virtual Academy with our students, parents, and staff I enjoy hanging out with my wife Jenelle, my 3 year old daughter Luciana, and my 3 month old Gemma. I enjoy fishing, running, gardening, and working on aquariums (I have 4!) in any of my free time.
Please feel free to contact me this year if I can assist you or your student in any way.
Mrs. Jennifer Herriman, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Herriman is our Assistant Principal. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a minor in Secondary Education from St. Joseph’s College and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Dowling College. Most recently, she is a graduate of the School Executive Leadership Academy (SELA) Program at Queens University of Charlotte.
Mrs. Herriman moved to Charlotte from Long Island, New York in 2005 with her husband and two children. Her hobbies include reading, visiting parks and museums, and she enjoys spending time with her family. Before coming to Cabarrus County Schools, Mrs. Herriman worked with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools as a middle school ELA Teacher, a high school English Teacher, Instructional Coach, and Instructional Accountability Facilitator at the alternative school.
Mrs. Herriman believes, “Together we will overcome challenges. We will strive for success and achieve it!”
Mr. Scott Nolt, K-12 Lead Instructional Designer & Facilitator
My name is Scott Nolt and I am excited to be at Cabarrus Virtual Academy. I am the Lead Instructional Designer and facilitator at CVA and will be supporting all staff in designing ad facilitating effective online courses and classes.
I was born and grew up in Manitoba Canada and moved to North Carolina for college. I graduated from Pfeiffer University with a BA in history and philosophy and earned my MEd from UNC Charlotte in Learning, Design & Technology concentrating on Online Learning and Teaching. I am currently working on an EdD in Curriculum & Instruction at University of South Carolina, researching instruction to develop students’ critical thinking. I have been teaching blended and hybrid courses for eight years and have worked with the staff at UNCC supporting online learning and developing their online and hybrid classes.
My online learning and teaching philosophy is for students to learn through authentic inquiry and interacting with disciplinary content, their peers and the instructor and to develop community and belonging in by valuing student’s unique contexts and perspectives and making learning relevant and authentic.
At Cabarrus Virtual our instructional priorities are
- Learner centered inquiry and student demonstration of learning
- Learning that allows for student flexibility and control over pace and time of learning
- Interaction - maximizing student to content, student to student, and student to teacher interactions
- Building community through social, cognitive and teacher presence