Faculty & Staff

Meet the Faculty and Staff of the
Oklahoma Virtual Preparatory Academy

Gary Lewis
Director, OKVPA

Gary brings over 27 years of education experience including teaching middle school and high school, directing professional development, serving as a principal and an assistant superintendent. Gary has also been an adjunct professor at Baker University for the past 10 years teaching future school administrators.
He also serves as Chair of the Kansas Virtual and Charter School Advisory Council; for the Kansas Department of Education where he will continue to provide guidance and support to all of the Kansas virtual schools.
Gary has managed the Oklahoma Virtual Preparatory Academy since it’s implementation and has much pride in the relationships and exceptional education quality that OKVPA provides.


Sean Oleson
Upper Elementary Teacher

Corny. Punny. Tells “dad jokes.”
Mr. Oleson enjoys working with students, that is for sure! Mr. Oleson has been in education for over 20 years. He is married to his high school sweetheart. Both of his children spent most of their educational journey as homeschoolers or in a virtual school. Mr. Oleson loves a good mystery story, a clever pun, and the Peanuts comic strip.
He looks forward to working with your family to find your child’s love of learning!


Tracey Parsons
Elementary Teacher

Tracey Parsons is in her 21st year of teaching. She has taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades for the public school in Maize, KS. She is looking forward to her new adventure serving as an Educational Specialist for OKVPA. She is excited to partner with parents and students on their home school journey as they discover a love for learning and keep that natural curiosity growing.
Tracey is married and has 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren. She loves traveling and spending time with family. Tracey and her husband live in Edmond, OK, with their dachshund, Sammi.

Karen Podschun
Elementary Teacher

Karen is driven by her love of people and personal growth. She loves travel – as it puts her in contact with potential friends around the globe. She also loves cooking – as it helps her understand how her new friends live. She especially loves working with families to enable individual students to discover how each one’s unique brain learns. This allows her to tailor educational plans and methods to each learner.
Karen and her husband live in Winfield, Kansas, where they have raised and educated their eight children, and continue to engage in learning within their community. Teaching in virtual education is a perfect fit for Karen’s strengths and passions!