Your WIVA Administrative Team
Nicholaus Sutherland, Head of School
Nicholaus Sutherland joined WIVA as the Head of School in July of 2015. He comes to WIVA from the Washington Virtual Academies where he served as the K-12 Assistant Principal/Director of Special Programs for three years. He has Bachelor and Master Degree’s in Music Education from Central Washington University as well as an additional Master Degree in Educational and Program Administration from the University of Washington Tacoma. Before becoming an Educational Administrator, he served as a Middle School Band Director at a charter school in Hawaii, Graduate Assistant at CWU, and K-6 General Music Specialist, High School Jazz Director, Math Intervention Specialist and Administrative Intern/Substitute Principal in Washington State. Nicholaus has a vested interest in the personal development of individuals and has a track record of implementing new programs that result in the closing of educational gaps and dramatic increases in student achievement.
Becky Eberhardt, Manager of Special Programs
Becky Eberhardt is happy to be a part of the WIVA team! She obtained her master's degree from Cardinal Stritch University in May of 2003. Becky has been a Special Education Director for approximately eleven years, spending four of those years in a dual role as both Director and PreK-12 Principal in a small, rural district. She is married and has four sons ranging in age from seven to 19 and also has three dogs and two cats that complete her family. Becky in her spare time enjoys camping with her family and spending time with friends.
Thomas Fischer, Academic Administrator K-8
Tom Fischer is excited to join WIVA as the new K-8 Academic Administrator/Principal. Tom has 18-years of experience as an educator, with 12 years of that as an administrator in Wisconsin. He has involvement with all grade levels, K-12. He has experience as a high school English Teacher, dean of students, associate high school principal, elementary principal, high school principal, and a K-12 principal. He has received his Bachelor's Degree in English and Secondary Education from UW-Stevens Point, and his Masters in Educational Leadership was received from UW-Milwaukee.
Cindy Worden, Academic Administrator 9–12
Cindy Worden is a graduate from UW-Madison with a bachelor's degree in behavioral science and law and sociology. She earned her MSE in school counseling PK–12 from UW-Oshkosh. In December 2013, Cindy completed her MAE from Marian University with an emphasis in educational leadership. Cindy's professional experiences include high school counseling, dean of students, juvenile criminal justice, social work, and technology training. She has worked in virtual education since 2007.
Carrie Cherney, Assistant Academic Administrator 9-12
Carrie Cherney obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in mathematics, with a minor in education. She is obtaining her master’s degree in Educational Leadership while teaching Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus and serving as the Assistant Academic Administrator. Carrie taught at the middle school level for a year in the brick-and-mortar setting, followed by two years teaching high school. She has been with WIVA since 2009 and looks forward to continually helping both WIVA and WIDCA high schools to reach their full potential.
Erin Haugom, Operations Manager
Erin Haugom joined the WIVA team as the operations manager in 2012. She has a bachelor's degree in human services and more than ten years office experience in program coordination, data tracking and reporting, IT support services, and customer service. Erin looks forward to being part of Wisconsin Virtual Academy and using her expertise to support the virtual learning community.