Cottonwood Campus

Ann Shaw, Director, Co-Founder

Ms. Shaw was born and raised in a small town in Indiana. She spent her formative years traveling the United States after which point she ended up in Colorado. Ms. Shaw and her daughter eventually moved to Cottonwood because it felt like home.  She and her mother are neighbors in a cozy corner of town.

One of the founders of the school, Ms. Shaw has been the director of New Visions Academy since 2001 overseeing the administrative duties of the sites in addition to serving as the governing board president. She is a certified teacher with more than 20 years of experience who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a Master of Education from Arizona State University.



Len Bustos, Math & Science Instructor, Co-Founder

Mr. Bustos grew up in San Antonio, TX and moved to Southern California in 1972 where he attended high school and received his Bachelor's Degree from University of California-Irvine with a BFA in Art. As one of the original founding members of New Visions in 1997, besides teaching math and science, he serves as a Board Member, teaches art and coordinates special ed services.

He has been interested in Astronomy and Science since childhood and wants to get kids at NVA interested and engaged in science as a tool for finding answers to preserving our planet for future generations. The future hope for our world lies in wisdom, not simply knowledge or science.

Theresa Coomer, Social Studies Instructor

Mrs. Coomer has been teaching Social Studies for four years at New Visions Academy. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in History Education from Illinois State University in 2006.  In 2012, she earned her Master's Degree in the Art of Education with a focus in Teacher Leadership from Grand Canyon University. 

Originally from Illinois, she has a very large family, including five sisters. This past summer she married her best friend, Marcus, who is a retired Army Veteran.  They currently live in Prescott Valley with their five cats. 

Mark Janousek, English Instructor

Mr. Janousek majored in English and East Asian studies at Arizona State University. Upon graduation he moved to Japan for 10 years where he taught English Literature and Composition while also writing for Japanese film and television. After returning from Japan, he taught high school in Phoenix and Tempe.

Mark has two daughters, both of whom attended college on athletic scholarships. In his free time Mark writes novels, essays, and screenplays and he has 35 year's experience in the martial arts of Japan and China.


Stephen Renard, Math & Science Instructor

Mr. Renard is a former lawyer who recently changed career paths to become a teacher. He is highly quailfied in both Math and Science. He is a very passionate about helping students succeed.

Him and his wife are proud parents of three very beautiful children. His wife teaches ballet at a studio in town. Stephen can be found there many afternoons afterwork.



Theresa Sprague, Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Sprague recently joined the New Visions Academy family. She has a great passion helping students. She has been a supporter of NVA for many years. Her son is currently enrolled at NVA.

She is currently taking classes at Yavapai College and pursuing her degree in nursing.



Jessica Jenkins, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Jenkins received duel Associate Degrees in Business and Graphic Design from Yavapai College and is currently attending Arizona State Univeristy to obtain her Bachelors Degree in Graphic Information Technology. She does freelance work as a graphic designer.


St. John's Campus  








Cottonwood Contacts

Ann Shaw, Director

Len Bustos, Math & Science Instructor

Theresa Coomer, Social Studies Instructor

Mark Janousek, English Instructor

Stephen Renard, Math & Science Instructor

Jessica Jenkins, Admin. Assistant/Registar

St. John's Contacts

Leisa Crosby, Site Director

Keith Drain, English and Social Studies Instructor

Joey Grant, Math & Science Instructor


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