Meet the Michigan Virtual School online instructors

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Zachary Abeel
Zachary Abeel has been teaching high school and middle school social studies for 10 years, and joined MVS in 2011. He spent his first two years teaching American history and economics in Cairo, Egypt. Currently, he lives in Oxford with his wife, daughter and two dachshunds. Zachary coaches basketball and is involved with the Michigan Youth in Government Program. Zachary teaches AP Macroeconomics for MVS. He is certified to teach economics and social studies.

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  Norma Jean Acker
Norma Jean Acker became a MVS online instructor in 2006. She is a member of the English department and is certified to teach English and social science. Norma has a Bachelor of Arts from Oakland University and an MAT from Marygrove College. She teaches Film Studies, English and a leadership course for MVS.

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  Byron Aldrink
Byron Aldrink joined MVS in 2015. He attended Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University and Wayne State University, earning a BA in Spanish with a business minor from GVSU. Bryron received a teaching certificate at WMU and obtained a master’s in bilingual education at WSU. He loves speaking Spanish and is an avid investor in many areas. Byron has taught computers, business classes, ESL and Spanish for 25 years.

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  Gwen Alim-Young
Gwen Alim-Young became an MVS employee in 2003, and serves as an online instructor and content specialist. She is a multidisciplinary educator with degrees in secondary education (English & sociology ) plus a Master of Arts in teaching. Gwen recently retired from K-12 education and currently teaches at Lansing Community College. Gwen resides in Grand Ledge where she enjoys gardening, reading, and attending high school and college sporting events.

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  Lori Alward
Before joining MVS in 2015, Lori Alward taught mathematics at Brandon High School, Mott Middle College and Genesee Early College. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University in 2011 with a major in mathematics. Outside of teaching, Lori loves to fish, shoot pool and visit with family and friends.

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Ben Ashby
Ben Ashby became an MVS online instructor in 2008. He is a member of the World Language department and is certified to teach Spanish and physical education. Ben was a finalist for Online Teacher of the Year in 2015.

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2015 iEducator

Stephen Atwood
Stephen Atwood joined MVS in 2015 and teaches science as an iEducator. He has a B.S. in environmental science and policy, and has a DI certificate, which means he can teach any of the sciences. Stephen has been an experiential educator and outdoor science instructor in both Ohio and California. He’s a father, husband, mountain biker, skier, coach and musician.

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  Derek Baad
Derek Baad has been teaching with MVS since 2013. He currently holds a B.A. in English from Michigan State University, an M.S. in information science from Wayne State University, and an M.A. in English literature from Eastern Michigan University. For the past 21 years, Derek has been teaching a wide variety of English classes at Milford High School. When not teaching, he is an avid reader, writer, traveler and father.

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James Barry
James Barry has been teaching English since 1992 and began working with MVS in 2011. He currently teaches AP Literature and Composition, British Literature, Sociology and Film Studies, while serving as an English Language Arts subject matter expert. James is an honors graduate from Oakland University where he also earned an M.A. degree in English. When not teaching, he is a performing musician and songwriter.

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2012-13 Online Teacher of the Year

Tara Becker-Utess
Tara Becker-Utess has been teaching at MVS since 2008. She teaches Personal Finance, Math Skills, Legal Issues, Pre-Algebra and Middle School Math. Tara also teaches social studies and mathematics at Charlotte High School and serves as the interventions coordinator. She coaches junior varsity volleyball and runs the Harvard Model Congress and Freshmen Mentoring program. Tara graduated from Western Michigan University in 2005 with a degree in secondary education. She completed her master’s at Michigan State University in curriculum and teaching and has an administrative certificate.

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  Carrie Begick
Carrie Begick became an MVS health instructor in 2014. She teaches physical and health education at the high school level. Carrie graduated from Saginaw Valley State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts majoring in physical, health, dance and recreation education. She also received a master’s degree from SVSU with an emphasis on principalship. In addition to teaching, she has also coached volleyball. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

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2015 iEducator

Rachel Bergy
Rachel Bergy graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in social studies and math for secondary education. She joined MVS as an iEducator in 2015. Rachel is in her fourth year teaching math; she previously taught at Niles Community Schools and TRECA Digital Academy. Rachel currently livse in Benton Harbor with her husband. They enjoy biking to the beach and getting involved in their community.

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2014 Outstanding Person in Education

David Beyers
David Beyers has been teaching Personal Fitness and Geography for MVS since 2011. He’s a graduate of Central Michigan University and has a master’s in technology from Walden University. He also teaches for Wolverine Community Schools and coaches golf.

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  David Binkley
David Binkley has been teaching high school for 15 years and for MVS since 2014. He has taught a variety of business and computer courses including Game Programming, AP Computer Science, Accounting, Marketing and Retail, Adobe applications and Web Design. David holds a Bachelor of Science in education with a major in career technical education/business and a minor in computer science. He also holds a Master of Education in leadership.

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Holly Boleski
Holly Boleski joined MVS in 2013 as a full-time science instructor and subject matter expert. Holly received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Oakland University. After graduation, she became a W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellow and has since earned a secondary teaching certificate while pursuing a master’s degree in education at Wayne State University. She currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology, Forensic Science and Biology.

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  Marilyn Bolster
Marilyn retired after more than 25 years in public and parochial schools. She has taught high school Spanish 1 through AP. She received a B.A. from Oakland University and did graduate studies at Eastern Michigan University, Marygrove College, Michigan State University, UCLA and the University of Phoenix. Marilyn also studied at the University of Salamanca, Spain, and the University of Querétaro, Mexico. With husband, Bob, she has five children and 10 grandchildren.

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2015 iEducator

Deborah Brewbaker
Deborah Brewbaker joined MVS as an iEducator in 2015 and teaches English. She taught high school agriscience and English in alternative and career/tech education and was a substitute teacher in Oakland, Ingham and Eaton counties. Deborah lives in Williamston with her husband, son, Harrison, two dogs and two cats. She grew up riding horses and continues to ride dressage in her spare time. Deborah is very passionate about animal science, teaching students workplace learning skills, and instilling a passion for reading and writing in them. She has a Bachelor of Science in agriscience from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in curriculum & teaching, also from MSU.

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  Karen Brunner
Karen Brunner became an MVS instructor in 2015. She teaches in the Mathematics department. Karen earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in curriculum and teaching from Michigan State University. She has taught high school mathematics in both the Okemos and Utica school districts, and college level Algebra at Baker College of Owosso and Lansing Community College.

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2010-11 Online Teacher of the Year

Molly Bruzewski
Molly Bruzewski has been teaching for MVS since 2001. She teaches AP Government, Civics and Legal Issues. Molly has also served on the Online Instructor Training team, training new teacher for MVS. Molly has two bachelor’s degrees from Central Michigan, a master’s degree from the University of Tulsa, and is currently working on her Education Specialist degree from Saginaw Valley State University. She was a recipient of the Gerstacker Fellowship from SVSU and a national James Madison Fellow.

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  Ryan Call
Ryan Call has been teaching since 2010 and is a full-time social studies instructor for MVS. He currently teaches AP U.S. History, U.S. History, World History, Civics, Economics and Psychology. Ryan received a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in social studies and history. Prior to joining MVS, Ryan proudly served in the U.S. Army for five years.

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  Grace Carpenter
Grace Carpenter has been teaching with MVS since 2012, and is the full-time lead instructor and subject matter expert for English Language Arts. She teaches Advanced and Beginning Composition in the English department and Web Design Basics HTML with the Multidisciplinary department.

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Mary Carpenter
Mary Carpenter became an MVS online instructor in 2008. She is a member of the Multidisciplinary department, and is certified to teach math, health and social studies. Mary also has had many classes in computers. She has worked in different schools and universities and has taught many of these subjects. Mary loves to learn and challenge herself with new ideas. She has been teaching for many years and has been a student her whole life.

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Yolanda Carter
Yolanda Carter became an MVS online instructor in 2006. Yolanda is a member of the Multidisciplinary department and is certified to teach family and consumer science, library media and vocational family and consumer sciences. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in family and consumer sciences from Mercy College of Detroit, a Master of Arts degree in educational practice from University of Detroit Mercy, and a Master of Library Information Science degree from Wayne State University. She has also taken several technology courses and participated in various technology in-services throughout her career.

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  Jennifer Cathey
Jennifer Cathey has been taught business and computer courses to elementary, middle and high school students for 11 years. Currently she is using her business skills and working as an Office Coordinator at Grand Valley State University. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University and a master’s degree in career and technical education from Western Michigan University. Jennifer lives with her husband, Glenn, and their two young boys, James and Camden. She is an avid runner and has completed nine marathons including two Boston Marathons.

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  Tina Chambers
Tina Chambers has taught English, Psychology and AP Psychology since starting with MVS in 2005. Tina began her career in the classroom in 1994 teaching high school English. After earning a master’s degree in counseling, she worked as a high school counselor for eight years. Currently, she not only teaches for MVS, but also serves as a middle school administrator and has an Education Specialist degree in leadership.

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Dale Coats
Dale Coats teaches at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills. He currently teaches AP microeconomics, economics and practical law. Additionally, he coaches freshman girls basketball and JV girls lacrosse at Stoney Creek. Dale received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Oakland University and a Master of Arts in teaching from Wayne State University. Dale joined MVS in 2013 and teaches AP Microeconomics. Currently, he resides in Rochester Hills with his wife, two children and faithful companion Lily (Mastador/Lab/Mastiff mix).

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Theresa Daly Commean
Theresa Daly Commean started teaching at MVS in 2009. She graduated from Trinity University with a bachelor’s degree in human resources management and went on to become an interpreter for the deaf. She received her master’s degree in education at Stetson University in 2007. Theresa began the American Sign Language program at Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida, in 2000 and has been teaching at Seminole for the past 10 years. She is currently teaching American Sign Language 1A and 1B for MVS.

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  Liz Conrad
Liz Conrad became a full-time mathematics instructor with MVS in 2014. She attended the University of Michigan for mathematics and education. She also has degrees in English and psychology. Liz is a big math geek, but also loves to travel, read, do crosswords, play and follow sports (Go Blue!), and spend time with her family and friends. She currently lives in Traverse City with her dog, Annie Arbor.

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Bridget Cooper
Bridget Cooper became an MVS online instructor in 2010. She is a member of the World Language department and is certified to teach English, history and Japanese.

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  Lori Coyle
Lori Coyle has been teaching social studies courses for Michigan Virtual School since 2012 and is a full-time social studies instructor and subject matter expert. She also teaches in the classroom at Conner Creek Academy High School in Warren. Lori earned a Bachelor of Science in social studies and history at Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in educational media and technology. She lives in West Bloomfield with her husband and two children. Outside of spending time with family, Lori enjoys gardening, cooking and boating.

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  Julie Crossman
Julie Crossman has taught Introduction to Forensic Science and Advanced Forensic Science online for MVS since 2007. She is also a high school science teacher at Charlotte High School. Julie holds a professional teaching certificate for all science content and earned an undergraduate teaching degree from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in natural science from Michigan State University. Julie enjoys teaching students from across the state online.

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  Brent Cubitt
Brent Cubitt has been teaching mathematics to high school students since 2006. Brent holds an engineering degree from Michigan State University, a master’s in business administration from Oakland University and a degree in education from Saginaw Valley State University. Brent joined MVS in 2015. He currently resides in Troy with his wife and three daughters.

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  Jennifer Daddow
Jennifer Daddow has been teaching high school and middle school English in either face-to-face or online capacities since 2006. Additionally, she is a special education teacher at Clague Middle School in Ann Arbor. Jennifer graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.A. in English and communications/theater arts and later received a master’s in special education from Madonna University. She joined MVS in the summer of 2015, and she loves to travel, cook, bake, exercise, read, take pictures and learn new forms of technology.

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  Lori Dailey
Lori Dailey joined MVS in 2015 to teach Sports & Marketing and Social Media. She also teaches business, technology and marketing classes at Jackson High School where she's been the CTE department chair. Lori received a bachelor’s degree in marketing education and a master’s degree in business education from Eastern Michigan University. She lives in Jackson with her husband, son and daughter. In my spare time, Lori loves to travel with my family, read pretty much anything, learn new technology, crafts and baking.

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  Tahani Dari
Tahani Dari, MA LLPC NCC, joined MVS in 2015 and teaches Career Planning. She holds a master’s degree in school counseling from Eastern Michigan University and is licensed by the State of Michigan to practice counseling. Tahani also works as a school counselor for K-12 students. She also helps students with career development and college advising. Additionally, she is working toward her Ph.D. in counselor education at the University of Toledo.

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  Allison Davert
Allison Davert joined MVS in 2015 and teaches German. She has a bacherlor’s degree in German and English and a master’s in the art of teaching from Oakland University. Allison teaches middle school German as well as a hybrid German course at Oakland University. She enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid reader, writer and traveler.

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  Bobby DeLisle
Bobby DeLisle has taught music since 2010 and joined MVS in 2015. He teaches Music Appreciation, and other music-related courses. He received a bachelor’s degree in music education and a master’s degree in music composition from Wayne State University in 2010 and 2014, respectively. He lives with his wife Haley, their dog Harper, and their cat Margot in Garden City.

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Melanie Depray-Learst
Melanie Depray-Learst is an educator for Ypsilanti Public Schools, and has been teaching various science classes for the last nine years. She’s been teaching at MVS since 2012. Previous to her career in education, she worked in the IT industry and was also a certified recreational therapist. She has a master’s degree in K-12 administration, completed through Eastern Michigan University’s online program. Melanie is married and has three children and three stepchildren. She enjoys softball, camping, boating and biking, and is a huge Detroit Tigers fan.

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  Amber Dietz
Amber Dietz started teaching for MVS in 2015. She attended Oakland University and received a bachelor’s degree in studio art with a concentration in photography along with a K-12 certification to teach visual art. She also has a master’s in educational studies with a specialization in International Baccalaureate. Amber has taught high school drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and AP Art in both Michigan and Connecticut. Amber works at the School for Visual Arts in Manhattan as a Studio Lab Technician and Gallery Coordinator in the BFA Photography & Video Department. She lives in Brooklyn where she teaches online from home and pursues her career as an artist experimenting with historical and alternative photographic processes.

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  Rhonda Diliberti
Rhonda Diliberti has been an AP Physics instructor for MVS since 2008. She has also been a physics teacher in L’Anse Creuse Public Schools for over 25 years. Rhonda currently teaches AP Physics C for MVS. Rhonda has a bachelor’s degree with a major in chemistry/physics from Central Michigan University, a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Wayne State University, and an education specialist in educational leadership from Saginaw Valley State University. Rhonda is currently working on her doctorate degree at Oakland University with a research interest in online and blended learning. Rhonda lives in Shelby Township with her two college-age daughters. She enjoys reading, learning new things and home decorating projects.

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Alicia Dubisky
Alicia Dubisky has been a secondary teacher of English Language Arts and German since 2002. She is the full-time German instructor for Michigan Virtual School since 2014. Alicia is certified to teach English 6-12 and German 6-12. She spent her first two years teaching middle school English Language Arts in Sebastian, Florida. Alicia has taught English, German, journalism, law and music (percussion, specifically) in public schools, studios, private schools, tutoring centers, vocational high schools and online. She participates in writing groups, tango dance classes, German language groups, and a variety of music organizations (both as a performer and as an officer on the board of directors). She is an internationally certified EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher, and volunteers often with a local health management organization. Currently, she lives in Ann Arbor with her two cats.

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Cynthia Duncan
Cynthia Duncan has been a science teacher for over 20 years. She has taught Forensic Science for MVS since 2015. She also teaches science at Father Gabriel Richard High School in Ann Arbor. Cynthia has taught biology, including Advanced Placement, forensic science, physical science and geophysical science over the years in Michigan, Maryland and Pennsylvania. She earned an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. She also earned an MS in biology-interdepartmental studies from Michigan State University. Cynthia enjoys reading and keeping up with the latest discoveries in biology.

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  Heather Durrant
Heather Durrant joined MVS in 2015 and teaches Music Appreciation. She has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Wayne State University and a master’s from the University of Phoenix online in educational leadership. Music is Heather’s passion. She believes it is what keeps us all connected. Heather says she’s married to a wonderful man and has a gorgeous little boy who makes her so proud every day.

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  Darcy Ebert
Darcy Ebert has taught French for Michigan Virtual School since 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, where she also studied in France, and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University. Darcy taught for several years at Portland and DeWitt high schools. She also teaches French at Lansing Community College. Darcy enjoys teaching and traveling to France and various francophone countries with her family and when she leads student groups. Darcy is happily married with two gorgeous children. She enjoys spending her free time with family and extended family and attending her children’s events.

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Bob Elenbaas
Bob Elenbaas has been teaching high school computer science for over 20 years. He has also taught mathematics. Bob attended Central Michigan University for undergraduate work and also has an advanced degree in computer science. He has taught students programming in BASIC, Visual BASIC, C++, Pascal, and Java, as well as other computer applications. Bob has taught AP Computer Science and Java Programming for MVS since 2012.

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  Rachel Filar
Rachel Filar has been with MVS since 2016. She is in her ninth year as a deaf education teacher at Michigan School for the Deaf. Rachel earned a master’s degree in special education from Michigan State University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in deaf education and language arts from MSU, as well. She is currently teaching American Sign Language for MVS. Rachel’s hobbies include competitive swimming, art and reading.

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2015 iEducator

Erin Frame
Erin Frame became an MVS iEducator in 2015. She teaches French for grades 6-12. Erin graduated from Western Michigan University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in social studies and French secondary education.

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2015 iEducator

Ryan Ganzevoort
Ryan Ganzevoort is a 2015 MVS iEducator and social studies instructor. He received a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University in social studies and history. He is married and currently lives in Comstock Park. Ryan has coached six different high school sports for a total of 17 seasons along with three seasons of coaching men’s college basketball. Ryan is currently the varsity softball and girls golf coach at Tri County High School.

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2015 iEducator

Kimberly Garvison
Kimberly Garvison joined MVS as an iEducator in 2015. She received a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and is certified to teach Spanish and earth science. Kimberly is currently in the School Counselor Education graduate program at Western Michigan University. She walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain and enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, reading and traveling.

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2014-15 Online Teacher of the Year

Annette Gleason
Annette Gleason is the lead math instructor and subject matter expert for MVS. She’s taught at MVS since 2010. Annette taught math for four years at Gwinn High School where she now coaches junior varsity volleyball. Annette loves being outside in the summer so she walks the Lake Superior shoreline, hikes large bluffs and plays softball. Most of her spare time is spent with her husband and three children in the Upper Peninsula.

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  Jenifer Gould
Jenifer Gould started teaching at MVS in 2015. She teaches German and social studies at the middle and high school levels. In 2012 Jenifer graduated from Grand Valley State University with a double major in group social studies and German. In addition to teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two young children, Ella and Luke, and German Shepherd, Meekah.

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Jennifer Guthrie
Jennifer Guthrie has been with MVS since 2008. Jennifer is in her eighth year as a high school deaf teacher for reading intervention and deaf culture at Michigan School for the Deaf. Jennifer earned a master’s degree in deaf education from Michigan State University. Before moving back to Michigan, Jennifer taught ELA for four years at Indiana School for the Deaf. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Gallaudet University. She is currently teaching American Sign Language 1A and 1B for MVS.

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  Linda Hanson
Linda Hanson has been a science instructor with MVS since 2011. She is also an instructor of chemistry at the University of Southern Mississippi in Long Beach, Miss. She retired from Reeths-Puffer Schools in Muskegon after 30 years of service at the high school level and moved south to the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Linda’s master’s degree in chemistry was earned from Central Michigan University and her pharmacy degree was earned from Ferris State University. Her hobbies include sailing, golfing and skiing.

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Diane Harrington
Diane Harrington has been teaching vocational business education in the Eastern Upper Peninsula since 1989. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business education from Northern Michigan University and master’s in educational administration, also from NMU. She holds the following industry certifications: MS Office 2010, 2007, XP, 2000, Novell 5.1, IC3 2005 Standard and iCritical Thinking. Diane’s been at MVS since 2011. She is a member of the Michigan Business Education Association along with being an advisor for her high school’s Business Professionals of America chapter.

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  Stacey Harrison
Stacey Harrison became a MVS online instructor in 2008. She is a member of the English department and is certified to teach English and sociology. Stacey received a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. She earned a master’s degree from Grand Valley State University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in reading and literacy instruction.

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  Amanda Hill
Amanda Hill has been teaching and coaching basketball for the last eight years. Her undergraduate degree is from the College of the Holy Cross and her master’s degree is from Wayne State University. Amanda lived in California for five years before moving back to Michigan with her husband and daughter.

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2014 Lenawee County Teacher of the Year

J.R. Hill
J.R. Hill has been a mathematics instructor with MVS since 2004. He currently teaches Algebra 1 and Mathematics of Baseball. In the past, J.R. has taught Algebra II, Geometry, Math Skills, Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry. He has also served as the Mathematics department head and helped develop many math online courses. J.R currently works at Clinton Middle School teaching seventh-grade math. He also teaches two engineering courses at Clinton Middle School through Project Lead the Way. J.R. has also coached varsity basketball, junior varsity baseball and varsity baseball. Prior to coaching high school, he was a college baseball coach with Siena Heights University, where he played four years of college baseball. J.R. has also volunteered for the American Cancer Society, Lymphoma and Leukemia Society and Catholic Social Services. He is married and has three children.

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  Anne Hooghart
Anne Hooghart became an MVS online instructor in 2015. She is a member of the World Language department and is certified to teach Japanese and history. She has visited Japan 10 times, and lived there for two years. Her B.A. and M.A. (University of Michigan), and Ph.D. (Michigan State University) are all related to study of Japan. She and her husband work as translator/interpreters, and their children also speak Japanese and English.

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2015 iEducator

Rebecca Imthurn
Rebecca Imthurn joined MVS as an iEducator in 2015. She is a member of the Social Studies department and currently teaches Civics, Native American History and Study Skills. Rebecca is a 2014 graduate of Michigan State University with a major in history education and a minor in teaching English to speakers of other languages. One of her greatest passions beyond the social studies is music and while at MSU she played the baritone in the Spartan Marching Band for four years.

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Freda Jackson
Freda Jackson has been teaching German at South Lyon Community Schools since 1996 and at MVS since 2013. During her studies at Central Michigan University she was granted a scholarship to study abroad in Bamberg, Germany. Freda enjoys traveling in general but especially in Germany and has organized many student trips to Germany. She received a Master of Arts from CMU in library media.

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2010 American Psychological Association Psychology Teacher of the Year

William James
William James joined MVS in 2015. He has been teaching teaching numerous social studies courses, primarily focusing on AP and general psychology, since 2002. In 2010, William was named the APA TOPSS (American Psychological Association Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools) Psychology Teacher of the Year. He has served as an AP psychology college board reader for nine years, with the last two years serving as a table leader overseeing essay graders. William is a co-author of the AP Psychology test preparatory book Fast Track to a Five: AP Psychology. Additionally, he has consulted on numerous introductory to psychology textbooks. William enjoys sharing his passion for psychology and education.

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Michelle Jennings
Michelle Jennings joined MVS as the lead multidisciplinary instructor and subject matter expert in 2014. Michelle received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and business from Ferris State University, a master’s degree from Central Michigan University in information technologies and a master’s degree plus from University of Colorado. Michelle holds professional teaching certificates for computer science, business education, business administration management and operations, and vocational business services. Michelle has taught high school and college classes for over 20 years. She is the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Mid-Michigan K-12 chairperson. She enjoys spending her free time with family, reading and riding her motorcycle.

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  Teresa Johnson
Teresa Johnson has been a high school teacher for the past 30 years. She’s taught at MVS since 2013. The majority of her career has been spent teaching Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry and AP Calculus at Charlotte High School. Teresa graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in mathematics and English. She then completed a master’s degree in secondary school administration from Michigan State University. An avid golfer, she enjoys her time coaching in high school girls golf and loves running, playing tennis and spending time in northern Michigan with her family.

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  Sarah Juntune
Sarah Juntune began teaching German at MVS in the fall of 2014. Before that she taught German (levels I–V/AP) for 33 years at Okemos High School. Sarah graduated from Duke University and has a Ph.D. from Princeton University. She loves to sing and has been in choirs all her life. The credentials say Sarah teaches German, but if you ask her what she teaches, she’ll say “kids,” because she is passionate about helping young people do whatever is in their best interests.

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  Aaron Jurek
Aaron Jurek is a full-time science teacher in Bay City at John Glenn High School. His interest for teaching science comes from growing up on a family farm in Omer, Mich., where his father instilled in him an appreciation for the outdoors. Aaron happily shares his passion for nature and science with his students. He lives in Bay City and has a daughter named Emerson whom, he says, he loves with all his heart.

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  Chris Kaiser
Chris Kaiser, instructor and course developer, has been with MVS since 2001 and was among the first cohort of online instructors. He currently teaches World Civilizations, World History and Geography, and AP U.S. History. A veteran public school teacher, Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Michigan State University, a master’s in education from Aquinas College and is currently a doctoral student at Michigan State University with research interests in global education, the teaching and learning of history, and pre-service teacher education.

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  Jason Katt
Jason Katt has been teaching English, history and physical education with ardor since 1995 and began working with MVS in 2009. He earned a B.A. in English from Hillsdale College and an M.A. degree in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University.

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  Sara Kelly
Sara Kelly spent 12 years teaching high school social studies in Wisconsin before moving to Michigan and starting at MVS in 2016. She earned both her B.S.E. in Broadfield social science and M.S. in educational leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Sara has taught a variety of social studies courses, including A.P. Psychology and A.P. Human Geography. She currently lives in Marquette, where she loves to explore nature with her husband and three daughters.

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Lori Kinsey
Lori Kinsey became an MVS instructor in 2009. She is a member of the Science department and is certified to teach biology and science. Lori received a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University in biology, a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in general science, and a education specialist degree from Nova Southwestern in technology, management and administration. She has taught Earth Science, Environmental Science, Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology for MVS.

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Andrea Kistler
Andrea Kistler has been a German instructor with MVS since 2008. She has taught German and Spanish at Gladwin Community Schools since 1998. Prior to beginning her teaching career, Andrea lived in Germany for three years. Andrea graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in German, Spanish and marketing, and earned a secondary teaching certificate from Saginaw Valley State University. She most recently completed a Master of Science degree in international relations from Troy University and holds a certificate in distance education from Indiana University.  

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2015 iEducator

Adam Knapp
Adam Knapp joined MVS in 2015 as an iEducator. He teaches English Literature, Composition and Film Studies. Adam is a graduate of Central Michigan University and holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary English education. As an English teacher, he loves reading and literature in any form. He is also a huge fan of football, soccer and tennis – and has coached the latter at different points over the last few years.

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  Kristin Koch
Kristin Koch has been an American Sign Language Instructor for MVS since 2016. She enjoys the opportunity to work with students from all over the state. Kristin is also a deaf education classroom teacher for students from 2nd-6th grade. She graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in deaf education and received a master’s degree from Marygrove College. She loves ASL and loves having the opportunity to share her passion with students on a daily basis.

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  Kayla Kolean
Kayla Kolean has taught Japanese at MVS since 2015. She graduated from Michigan State University with a secondary teaching certificate in Japanese and English. Prior to joining MVS, she lived and worked in Japan for two years. During that time Kayla traveled to many places, but her favorite traveling experience was hiking in the mountains with the “Kansai Ramblers” hiking group. After returning she taught English as a Second Language in Lansing. Now she works as an online Japanese instructor. Kayla is pursuing a master’s in foreign language instruction and acquisition.

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Amy Kotsch
Amy Kotsch, English and business education instructor, as been a Michigan-certified 7-12 educator since 1996 and an MVS instructor since 2003. She is the lead instructor for English 10A, English 10B and Beginning Composition courses, and a second section instructor for Employability Skills. In addition to being a member of the MVS team, Amy teaches English and computer courses at a small school in Michigan’s Thumb. Amy graduated from Central Michigan University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in English, business education and recreation. In 2002 she earned a master’s degree in educational technology from Central Michigan University.

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  Megan Kramer
Megan Kramer graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in English education. She has been teaching for three years, and was excited to extend her teaching into virtual classes in 2015 with MVS.

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  Christine Kunst
Christine Kunst has taught the Health and Medical Terminology course for Michigan Virtual School since 2010. She also teaches health science at the Newaygo County Career Tech Center. Christine is a Registered Nurse, with a bachelor’s degree in the science of nursing from Grand Valley State University. She received her teaching credentials after earning a bachelor’s degree in biology.

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Diane Labut
After working in administration for two Fortune 500 companies and one major sporting office, Diane has been a teacher since 2005. In the fall of 2014, she became a full-time instructor for MVS in the Career & Tech department and teaches classes in Accounting, Business Ethics, Careers, Employment Skills, Entrepreneurship and Study Skills. Diane earned her bachelor’s in business and technology from Eastern Michigan University and is working on her master’s in instructional technology at Wayne State University. She is a fiber artist specializing in spinning yarn and millinery, and an active animal rescue worker keeping rescue databases and mapping freedom rides across the country. Diane and her two rescue dogs enjoy biking, walking and kayaking in the summer, and cross country skiing in the winter.

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  Christine Ladner
Christine Ladner has taught Japanese at MVS since 2007. Prior to teaching, she managed a translation company and worked in web and graphics fields in England, Germany and the U.S. Christine graduated from Baylor University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Asian studies and political science and did an exchange program in Japan for one year. In 1998 she earned a master’s degree in journalism and Japanese from the University of Michigan and her teaching certification in Japanese language and political science from Eastern Michigan University. She has taught Japanese at the K-12 level, both face to face and online.

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Aaron Lang
Aaron Lang became a MVS online instructor in 2010. He is a member of the Math department and is certified to teach history and math.

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  Megan Larson
Megan Larson joined MVS in 2015. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in deaf education, and also earned a master’s degree in early childhood education from Central Michigan University in 2014. She teaches American Sign Language. Megan is also is a full-time teacher in St. Louis, Mich., where she teaches ASL as well as various other subjects to students with hearing loss. She lives with her husband and 110-pound bullmastiff in Mt. Pleasant, and enjoys sports, traveling and “DIY-ing.”

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  Nicole Lemon
Nicole Lemon has taught for MVS since 2015 and also teaches science at a private school in Ann Arbor. She has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Michigan State University and master’s degrees in natural resource policy and behavior and science education, and a graduate certificate in museum studies, from the University of Michigan. Prior to becoming a teacher, Nicole worked for Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center and Disney’s Animal Kingdom as an animal keeper. While at Walt Disney World, she did shows and presentations with a variety of different animals including everything from dolphins to tarantulas. Nicole moved back to Michigan to work in conservation education at the Detroit Zoo and to pursue her graduate degrees. She lives in Ypsilanti with her husband, Ryan and son, Quin.

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2015 iEducator

Brian Litten
Brian Litten joined MVS as an iEducator in 2015. He’s a Central Michigan University graduate with a double major in history and social studies. Brian feels that his mission in life is to use his degree to have a positive impact on young people. He coaches football for Lake Orion High School where he's the varsity/junior varsity offensive line coach. He resides in Orion. Aside from coaching football, which Brian considers another full-time job, he also loves to read comic books in his free time.

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  Jamey Logan
Jamey Logan has been teaching AP Statistics at MVS since 2014. She has 20 years of teaching experience at the high school level. Jamey has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in K-12 Education Leadership. She is certified to teach secondary mathematics and science. Jamey lives in Fenton with her husband and four children. She enjoys running, spending time with family and coaching gymnastics.

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  Christopher Luea
Christopher Luea became an MVS online instructor in 2011. He is a member of the World Language department and is certified to teach Spanish and history. Having several opportunities to travel to Mexico and Central America throughout high school and college motivated Christopher to study the Spanish language and become a teacher. Christopher also enjoys teaching Spanish at home to his two young children and wife. He is a graduate of Michigan State University where he received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Christopher also teaches at Williamston Community Schools.

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  Bryan Lynch
Bryan Lynch joined MVS in 2015. He graduated from Central Michigan University in 2010 with a major in mathematics and a minor in physical education. He enjoys playing and watching sports, and being with friends and family. He teaches mathematics and physical education at the high school level. He has a passion for teaching and has taught just about every high school level class there is.

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  Debra Lynch
Debra Lynch joined MVS in January 2010. For over 25 years, she has taught business and technology courses at the high school level and serves as a work based learning coordinator. Debra has a Bachelor of Science degree and master’s degree from Central Michigan University. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Baker College teaching in the Business and Office Administration Department. Debra lives with her husband, Jeff, and has two kids who attend Central Michigan University. She enjoys reading, traveling, scrapbooking and spending the summers up north with her family.

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Sara Maison
Sara Maison has been a science teacher for over 10 years. She has taught AP Biology and Astronomy for MVS since 2012. She also teaches science for Standish-Sterling Community Schools. In addition to teaching, Sara has been coaching Science Olympiad for over six years. She has always enjoyed learning about science and understanding how things work. Sara earned an undergraduate degree from Ferris State University with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. She also earned an MAT in natural science from Saginaw Valley State University.

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Shawn Maison
Shawn Maison has been a science educator since 2012. He has taught Earth Science at MVS since 2012. Additionally, he is a full-time biology, honors biology, biotechnology and anatomy teacher at John Glenn High School in Bangor Township Schools in Bay City. He also teaches geology, biology and environmental science for the University of Phoenix online. In the summer months he works for Central Michigan University in the engineering, biology, chemistry and education departments as a researcher in the research experience for teachers program through the National Science Foundation. Shawn also works as a consultant through BAISD and Bangor Township Schools teaching 21st century teaching skills to his home district teachers.

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  Becky Manore
Becky Manore grew up in Lewiston, a small town in Northern Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Spanish and social relations and later received a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum. She completed two study abroad programs in the extraordinary country of Spain, in Madrid and Cáceres. Becky is a college sports fan and frequently attends football and basketball games. She enjoys cooking, running and traveling around the world, and currently teaches Spanish at Eaton Rapids High School. Becky has taught at MVS since 2013.

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  Lori Marino
Lori Marino joined MVS in 2015 as a Spanish instructor. She has 16 years of teaching experience at the high school level. Lori earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University in 1999 and a Master of Arts from Oakland University in 2002. She is certified to teach Spanish, English and reading. Lori lives in Oxford with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling, running, reading and spending time with family.

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  Angela Martin
Angela Martin has taught all levels of French at the high school level for seven years.She finished a master’s degree in French and was a nanny for a five-year-old French boy in Paris. In addition to teaching at MVS, Angela also teaches French at Eastern Michigan University, which is where she got bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Angela loves to travel, whether it is to different countries (she’s been to many European countries) or around the U.S. and Michigan.

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  Adam May
Adam May graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science in education with a major in mathematics and a minor in geology in 2008. He currently teaches and works as the department chair for mathematics at Mount Clemens High School in Mount Clemens. Adam has taught every subject from pre-calculus to 7th-grade math. He's taught at MVS since 2013. In his free time, he enjoys working on his house and going to see the Detroit Tigers play.

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  Jerry May
“Salve,” from Gerald May, aka Dominus Maius (Mr. May to his MVS Latin students). Jerry retired in 2005 after teaching high school Latin and English for 38 years. He has been teaching the MVS Latin 1, 2 and 3 courses since the day he retired. Jerry majored in Latin and English at the undergraduate level and has a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. He lives with his wife on a 50-acre farm near St. Clair. They are the proud parents of three sons. Jerry spends every non-winter day tending to an acre of gardens surrounding his 150-plus year old Greek revival farmhouse.

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2014 Outstanding Teacher of American History (Daughters of the American Revolution Piety Hill Chapter)

Kyle McGrath
Kyle McGrath has been teaching at MVS since 2015. He also teaches several social studies subjects at Milford High School in Huron Valley Schools. Prior to teaching, Kyle worked in both business and government. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in public policy from Michigan State University and a Masters of Arts in teaching from Oakland University. Kyle is a published children’s book author and the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Teacher of American History award from the Daughters of the American Revolution Piety Hill Chapter.

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  Emilia McGuckin
Emilia McGuckin joined MVS in 2015 where she currently teaches Journalism. She attended Madonna University where she double majored in English and communication arts as well as earning a teaching degree. She believes all kids deserve a great education and is committed to bringing quality learning opportunities to students of all backgrounds and abilities. She lives in southeast Michigan with her husband and two children.

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  Andrea McKay
Andrea McKay joined MVS in 2014 and is the lead Social Studies instructor and subject matter expert. She has been teaching social studies since 2001 and has greatly enjoyed teaching AP Psychology since 2009 at Jackson High School. Andrea is a University of Michigan graduate, where she earned a B.A. in education with a concentration in psychology. She completed an M.A. in curriculum and instruction from Spring Arbor University in 2007 and can often be found talking to other teachers about instructional technology. Andrea enjoys life with her husband and two children, as well as their two ever-barking dogs.

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  Don McLaughlin
Don McLaughlin has taught AP Micro Economics for MVS since 2011. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Don received a master’s degree in education from California State University. He is also a National Board Certified teacher in the field of social studies. In addition to teaching economic for more than 10 years, he spent five years as a social studies teacher and track & field coach in Southern California.

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  Rhonda Medford
Rhonda Medford began teaching at MVS in 2015. She holds a professional teaching certificate in business, programming and various computer applications. Rhonda holds a Bachelor of Arts in business, master’s degrees in business administration and instructional technology, and a doctorate in education. In addition to teaching at MVS, she teaches as an adjunct instructor for Gardner Webb University in the Degree Completion Program, as an online teacher in North Carolina, and as a face-to-face teacher at a high school in North Carolina.

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Sandra Miller
Sandra Miller became a MVS online instructor in 2003. She is a member of the Multidisciplinary department and is certified to teach family and consumer science, health, and guidance and counseling. Sandra taught health education and home economics for more than 20 years and served as a high school counselor and career prep director before retiring. Sandra enjoys the opportunity to continue teaching with MVS. She also works as a consultant and trainer with nonprofits across the state.

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Jacqueline Mitchell
Jacqueline Mitchell, instructor and content specialist, has been with MVS since 2008. She teaches math and science courses, and helps with science course revisions. Prior to working at MVS, she taught secondary math and science in a live classroom for eight years. Her other job is raising four children at her home in Western Michigan. Jacqueline’s favorite part about MVS is communicating online with the students, helping them to experience new ways of learning.

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  Brian Moore
Brian Moore has taught economics for MVS since 2014. He has taught elementary, middle and high school classes in Kansas, Arizona and Michigan.

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  Tyler Morkin
Tyler Morkin has taught French for MVS since 2015. He is originally from Crystal Falls in the Upper Peninsula. Tyler studied French and ESL at Central Michigan University, where he is also currently a faculty member teaching ESL. Previously, he taught French at East Lansing High School and MacDonald Middle School (East Lansing). He also previously worked for CMU’s Global Campus as a Blackboard administrator. Outside of teaching, Tyler enjoys cycling, playing racquetball and spending time with his wife. He is also a self-professed DIYer!

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Rebecca Mulrooney
Rebecca Mulrooney teaches Personal Finance and Algebra II for MVS. She joined MVS in 2010 and concurrently teaches mathematics and science in Madison Heights. Rebecca holds engineering, business and education degrees from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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  Heather Murphy
Heather Murphy became an MVS instructor in 2015. She taught middle and high school English for 12 years before becoming an instructional coach & assessment coordinator for the Westwood Community School District. Heather graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and earned a Master of Arts degree in curriculum and instruction from Eastern Michigan University.

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2015 iEducator

Lauren Nick
Lauren Nick joined MVS in 2015 as an iEducator. She received degrees in biology and bio medical sciences from Grand Valley State University and a teaching certificate through Grand Valley’s Graduate Teaching Certification program. She teaches Biology, Forensic Sciences and Bioethics.

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2015-16 Online Teacher of the Year

Judith Nixon
Judith Nixon became an MVS online instructor in 2008. She is a member of the World Language department and is certified to teach Japanese and Spanish.

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Betty Ong
Betty Ong, MVS teacher of MS Office programs, has been with MVS since 2003. She has taught online business and information management programs, developed course curriculum and continues to provide instruction in Microsoft Applications. Prior to joining MVS, Betty taught business education and technology integration at the high school level. She is currently a media specialist at two secondary schools in Oakland County.

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  Kristen Outwater
Kristen Outwater became an online instructor in 2012 and joined MVS as an instructor in 2015. Kristen is a Spanish 3 and AP Spanish teacher at East Kentwood High School and also serves as the department chairperson of World Languages. Kristen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a minor in psychology with an emphasis in secondary education at Grand Valley State University. While at Grand Valley, Kristen participated in study abroad programs in both Guadalajara, Mexico, and San Jose, Costa Rica. She also holds a master’s degree in education in postsecondary and higher education. Kristen lives in Dorr, Mich., with her husband and four active children.

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  Steven Parks
Steven Parks joined MVS in 2015. He attended Wayne State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in K-12 music education. Steven attended Wayne State University on a full talent scholarship playing the trumpet in the jazz band. He has performed with many jazz artists multiple years at the Detroit Jazz Festival. Steven has also played in a Detroit hip/hop and funk group for many years. The band has opened up for Snoop Dogg, played tracks for local rappers including Eminem and played across the country. He is finishing his master’s degree in K-12 administration from Eastern Michigan University in 2015. Steven happily teaches Grades K-12 music classes.

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  Kimberly Payer
Kimberly Payer joined MVS in 2015 to teach French. She earned a balchelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in secondary education with certifications in French and mathematics. She also earned a a master’s degree from the University of Scranton in educational leadership and administration. Kimberly currently teaches French 1 through AP French at Onsted High School. Prior to Onsted, Kimberly taught all levels of math at Washtenaw Christian Academy in Saline.

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2015 iEducator

Stephanie Pearsall
Stephanie Pearsall joined MVS in 2015 as an iEducator and teaches Art Appreciation, Digital Imaging and Astronomy. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University and has been teaching since 2007 in face-to-face schools. Stephanie’s hobbies include snorkeling, creating art, yoga and spending time with family and friends.

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  Dana Plaxton
Dana Plaxton became an online instructor with MVS in 2013. She is currently teaching Accounting A and Accounting B. Dana received a Bachelor of Science and master’s degree in business education from Central Michigan University. She has over 15 years of teaching experience and enjoys working in an online and face-to-face setting.

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Alanna Prieditis
Alanna Prieditis became an MVS online instructor in 2012, and is now a full-time World Language instructor and subject matter expert. Alanna received a Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish language and literature and has secondary certification to teach both Spanish and English. While completing her undergraduate work at Oakland University, Alanna participated in a study abroad program and attended back-to-back summer sessions at an American Institute in Valencia, Spain, where she took 12 college credits while living with a host family. After Alanna’s first year of teaching, she went back to Oakland University and received a master’s in educational studies.

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  Kimberly Quimby
Kimberly Quimby started with MVS in 2015 as an online instructor. She received a B.A in art education from Grand Valley State University in 2008 and is currently working toward a master’s degree in art education online through Western Michigan University. Kimberly lives in Grand Rapids where she enjoys playing softball and making delicious food.

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  Lisa Radjewski
Lisa Radjewski is a part-time instructor for MVS, teaching AP Biology, since the fall of 2015. She obtained a bachelor’s at Eastern Michigan University and a master’s at Marygrove College. Lisa has been teaching biology classes since 1999 in a face-to-face public school. She has taught biology, STEM biology, AP biology, chemistry, physical science, zoology and microbiology. Lisa is happily married with two children, Matthew and Allyson. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, travel and scrapbook.

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  Brigitte Rex
Brigitte Rex is certified to teach German, history and social science courses. She joined MVS in 2015. Brigitte received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan-Flint. She has taught both German and social studies classes in a face-to-face setting. Brigitte teaches German and history at Flushing High School. Brigitte enjoys camping, traveling and, most of all, spending time with her husband and four children.

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  Megan Riherd
Megan Riherd became an MVS online instructor in 2014 and currently teaches Latin. She received a Bachelor of Arts in classical studies and a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida. She has four years of classroom experience teaching all levels of Latin, including the International Baccalaureate program. Megan is also very involved in the American Classical League and National Junior Classical League and enjoys making the language and culture of the ancient Romans come alive for her students.

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Sheila Robertson
Sheila Robertson joined MVS in 2010 and  teaches Spanish. She is currently retired from full-time teaching after 33 years. Through Michigan State University, Sheila holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with minors in French and education and a Master of Arts in reading. She has additional coursework in world languages at Calvin College and has translator certification from WMU’s Translation Studies Program. In her leisure time she enjoys travel in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Europe. Other pastimes are gardening, camping and crafting. She looks forward to helping students learn Spanish and expanding her own knowledge and use of the language.

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  Kevin Robinson
Kevin Robinson has taught physics at Charlotte High School since 2001. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in astrophysics. Kevin started teaching for MVS in 2014 and teaches AP Physics.

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  Erin Rodger
Erin Rodger is a classroom teacher for Rochester Community Schools, teaching both mathematics and computer science. Erin received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Oakland University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marygrove College. She is currently teaching AP Computer Science for MVS. Erin lives in Romeo with her husband and three children.

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  Lisa Rohde
Lisa Rohde became an MVS online instructor in 2013, and is now a full-time English Language Arts instructor and subject matter expert. Prior to working with MVS full time, Lisa taught English at the secondary level and postsecondary levels in traditional settings for several years. Lisa received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and teacher certification from the University of Detroit-Mercy and a master’s degree in special education from Saginaw Valley State University. Currently, she is certified to teach grades 6-12 English and Speech, and grades K-12 Special Education Learning Disabilities.

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Holly Rupprecht
Holly Rupprecht has been teaching for MVS since 2003. She received a Bachelor of Science from Alma College, majoring in biology and natural science, with a minor in math. She received a master’s from Michigan State University in science curriculum and a specialists degree from Nova Southeastern University in technology management and administration. Holly has over 30 years in education and enjoys the challenges of teaching in both the online and face-to-face classrooms. 

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  Christin Schmitt
Christin Schmitt has been teaching for nine years and has certifications in biology and integrated science. She started teaching with MVS in 2015. Aside from teaching, Christin keeps busy by chasing her two kids around, reading and spending time outdoors. She also loves sports and keeping up with exciting new findings in the scientific community.

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  Susi Shaw
Susi Shaw became an online instructor at MVS in 2015. She earned a B.A. in international studies and German from Michigan State University with one year of study at Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany. She is certified to teach K-12 Japanese and German, and has an M.A. in teaching ESL from Eastern Michigan University. Susi lived in Japan for two years teaching English, and led travel groups with high school students to Japan three times. Susi has taught World Languages in K-12 schools for over 20 years. She and her husband live in Ann Arbor with their two sons.

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2015 iEducator

Melissa Shepard
Melissa Shepard started her teaching career as a paraprofessional for chemistry and biology. She became an iEducator with MVS in 2015. She is currently teaching Chemistry, Forensic Science, Astronomy and Oceanography for MVS. Melissa received her certification to teach biology and chemistry from Calvin College. In her hometown of Lowell, she loves to be outdoors fishing and hunting.

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  Rebecca Sidders
Rebecca Sidders joined the MVS team in 2012 and teaches all levels of American Sign Language. She has worked with deaf preschool, elementary, middle school and high school students, and taught ASL at local high schools and colleges. Rebecca has a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language from Kent State University and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Northern Colorado. She is hard of hearing herself and lives on a farm in Ohio with her husband and three young children.

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2015 iEducator

Amy Smith
Amy Smith is a 2015 MVS iEducator who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French from Hope College in 2010, after studying for a year in Rennes, France, at l’Université d’Haute Bretagne. She completed the Graduate Teacher Certification program at Grand Valley State University and also earned a health minor there in 2010-11. She has taught high school French at Lakeview High School in Battle Creek, and at Hillcrest High School in Midvale, Utah. Her husband is also a teacher. They live in Muskegon.

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  Nicholas Smith
Nicholas Smith is in his fourth year teaching high school math and physics in face-to-face and virtual settings. He joined MVS in 2015. Nicholas studied math and physics at Grand Valley State University and completed a Master of Arts in science education (physics) from Western Governor's University. He enjoys being in the outdoors (hiking and kayaking), fixing up his house (learning to do plumbing) and spending time with his awesome wife (also a teacher).

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Member of Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association Hall of Fame for Educators

Andrew Spiece
Andrew Spiece became a full-time mathematics and computer science instructor with MVS in 2014. Andrew received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 2005. He came to MVU with eight years’ experience teaching in a face-to-face classroom for the Brandon School District in Ortonville. His passions lie in STEM education, Project-Based Learning and inspiring students to pursue STEM careers. In February 2013, he was named the Oakland County Teacher of the Week and the Fall of 2012 was inducted in to the Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association Hall of Fame for Educators. Andrew also spends his spare time as the team leader for the award winning Truck Town Thunder Robotics Team, FIRST Team 68.

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2015-16 Online Teacher of the Year

William Springer
William Springer has been a French instructor with MVS since 2009 and is currently MVS’s full-time, lead World Language instructor and subject matter expert. Prior to teaching online, William taught in both face-to-face and distance learning classrooms through Gratiot-Isabella RESD’s Interactive Television program. He enjoys sharing his love of the French language and authentic cultural experiences from France and Canada with his students.

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Chevon Starnes
Chevon Starnes joined MVS in 2015 to teach ASL. She’s taught high school American Sign Language 1-3 and started a Performance ASL program at her physical school. Currently, she lives in New Haven with her husband, Stephen, and their three children: Tyler, Kennedy and Raegan. Chevon runs a photography business in her free time.

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  Kurt Steiner
Kurt Steiner has been happily teaching Latin for the past six years with some history classes sprinkled in. He attended Calvin College and formerly worked as a journalist for the West Michigan NPR/PBS affiliate. Kurt says that teaching for MVS has been a great experience and given him an excuse to make web videos and mess with fancy recoding software. Learning Latin was and continues to be one of the great joys of his life; Kurt wants his students to enjoy it, too!

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  Karee Strome
Karee Strome has been teaching students who are deaf and hard of hearing for 20 years. She uses American Sign Language to communicate with her students and deaf adults. In addition to teaching ASL at MVS, Karee teaches ASL face-to-face in a public high school. She became a MVS online instructor in 2015.

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  Zsofia Sutter
Zsofia Sutter has been teaching high school and middle school German classes for six years, and joined MVS in 2015. She has a master’s degree in German and ESL, with a bachelor’s in education. Zsofia spent several years in Freiburg, Germany, and also lived in Italy and Ireland for an extended period of time. She came to Michigan in 2008 where she started teaching German at West Ottawa Public Schools. She loves to travel and watch foreign movies. Her favorite countries to visit are Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain.

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  Erin Taylor
Erin Taylor has been teaching high school science 2007, and joined MVS as the Lead Science Instructor in 2015. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree from Wayne State University. After completing a STEM program with the National Science Foundation, Erin completed post-graduate studies in earth and environmental science at Wright State University in Dayton. She currently lives in Utica with her husband, daughter and dog.

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  Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas joined the MVS team in 2015 and serves as an online instructor in music. He earned a bachelor’s degree teaching credential in music education at the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in music education and conducting at Northern Arizona University. Tim completed 30 years of teaching music in public secondary schools. When not teaching, he is a professional performing musician and conductor in the Detroit metropolitan area. He also enjoys historical re-enactment with the Society for Creative Anachronism and hiking the back-country in the Upper Peninsula.

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D. Jonathan Tobar
D. Jonathan Tobar became an MVS Spanish instructor in 2012. A native of Quito, Ecuador, he loves the Latin culture and has been involved extensively with helping the Latin community in Lenawee County. He holds an M.A. in K-12 educational administration from Michigan State University, an M.A. in TESOL from Eastern Michigan University, and a B.A. in secondary education and international business from Cornerstone University. He has taught Spanish, English as a second language and drama at the middle and high school level. In addition, he has served as an adjunct professor of Spanish at Siena Heights University and Adrian College.

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  Jenna Tucker
Jenna Tucker began teaching with MVS in 2015, previously teaching life sciences for Detroit Public Schools. She has a bachelor of science in biology with a minor in psychology from Oakland University where she was a teaching assistant in a human cadaver lab for two years. Jenna worked in the medical field for six years prior to teaching and was trained as an EMT. She was a Woodrow Wilson Teach Fellow and has a M.A.T. from Wayne State University. Jenna lives in St. Clair Shores with her husband and son.

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  Ryan Vanden Heuvel
Ryan Vanden Heuvel has been teaching high school English for over 15 years, and joined the MVS English department in 2015. He received a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and a master’s degree in reading and literacy from Western Michigan University. Ryan is certified to teach English Language Arts, speech communication and theater. Ryan is a teacher, stage director, and throwing coach for the track and field team at his high school in Michigan.

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  Channon Washington
Channon Washington joined MVS in 2015. She taught economics, U.S. history, AP U.S. History and world geography at Rochester Stoney Creek High School for 11 years before moving to Saline in 2016 where she solely teaches social studies with MVS. She graduated with her B.A. in dance and B.A. in history from Western Michigan University and an M.A. in education from Indiana Wesleyan University. She enjoys life with her husband, two kids, two cats and a dog.

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  Betsy Wellfare
Betsy Wellfare has been teaching for MVS since 2006. She teaches AP Art History and Art Appreciation. Betsy also teachers art at Charlotte High School and serves as department chair for the Fine Arts/PE Department. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2002 with a degree in art and design. Betsy completed her art education certification at Northern Michigan University in 2004 and earned a master’s at Michigan State University in 2009 in curriculum and teaching.

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  Anna Wicks
Anna Wicks has taught for MVS since 2012. She teaches English 9 and 10, Career Planning and Find Your Future. Anna has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College and Master of Education in school counseling from University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Her first teaching experience was in Kodaikanal, India. Then she taught secondary English and was a school counselor in Minnesota for 10 years. Anna lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and twin sons.

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E. Anne Williston
Anne Williston has been an instructor for MVS since January 2009. She thoroughly enjoys teaching business courses such as Business Ethics and Entrepreneur Business Management. In addition, she teaches face-to-face English and business classes in Jackson. Anne received a Master of Education in alternative education from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 2008. She completed the requirements for English and business secondary education at Olivet College in 2003. Anne also has a Bachelor of Science in library science with a business administration minor from Illinois State University (1981). Her goals are to continue growing as an individual and a teacher. Anne writes nonfiction and poetry. She is constantly working to stretch her knowledge of technology so that she may utilize it in the best capacity when teaching.

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  Meredith Young
Meredith Young started teaching at MVS in 2014. She currently teaches American Sign Language. In 1998, Meredith graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s in deaf education and two minors in math and computer science. She was then recruited for a position in California teaching deaf/hard-of-hearing students. After moving to California, she received her master’s in deaf education from California State University, Northridge. Her deaf parents still live in Michigan and she comes back occasionally to visit. She enjoys playing softball and Bikram yoga, and she still roots for the Spartans!

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