Meet the Michigan Virtual School online instructors

MVS instructors are independent contractors who are Michigan Certified, Highly Qualified teachers of MVS online courses. Visit Jobs @ MVU for employment information.
 

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Zachary Abeel
Zachary Abeel has been teaching high school and middle school social studies for 10 years. 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 Michigan Virtual School. He is certified to teach economics and social studies.

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  Norma Jean Acker
Norma Jean Acker became a Michigan Virtual School online instructor in 2007. 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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  Gwen Alim-Young
Gwen became a Michigan Virtual School 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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Ben Ashby
Ben Ashby became a Michigan Virtual School online instructor in 2008. He is a member of the World Languages department and is certified to teach Spanish and physical education.

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Rachel Badanowski
Rachel Badanowski retired from classroom teaching in 2010. She taught AP chemistry, chemistry, chemistry in the community, environmental science and forensic science. Since chemistry is the “central science” she continues her love of the subject by teaching Chemistry and AP Chemistry at Michigan Virtual School. She also teaches teachers-to-be at Wayne State University and Michigan State University.

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James Barry
James Barry is a full-time English Language Arts instructor and subject matter expert for Michigan Virtual School.

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  Michelle Bauman
Michelle Bauman, music education specialist, has been with MVS since the launch of its first music course in 2007. She has taught music in the Southwest Michigan area for over 25 years and has served as the choral director for the Kalamazoo Valley Community Chorus since 2000. She also has served as a national music consultant for McGraw-Hill Educational Publishers and has been a curriculum reviewer and creator of new and existing music curriculum. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Spring Arbor University and Master of Arts from VanderCook College of Music.

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  David Beall
David Beall has been an MVS history instructor since 2009. He is a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a master's in education, and certifications in learning disabled, science and social studies. David teaches at Superior Central Schools in Eben. He lives in Marquette and enjoys fishing the Upper Peninsula waters.

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  Tara Becker-Utess
Tara Becker-Utess has been teaching at Michigan Virtual School 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. Tara completed her master’s at Michigan State University in Curriculum and Teaching and has an administrative certificate. Tara was the 2012-13 Michigan Online Teacher of the Year. 

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  David Beyers
David Beyers has been teaching Personal Fitness and Geography for Michigan Virtual School 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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Bridgette Botten
Bridgette Botten has been teaching Chemistry at Michigan Virtual School since 2009. She is in her eighth year of teaching at the secondary level, including all areas of science, special education and co-teaching. In addition, she is a graduate adjunct professor in special education at Madonna University. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Master of Arts in Teaching and an Education Specialist in Learning Disabilities.

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  Jon Brosseit
Jon Brosseit, social studies/history instructor, has been teaching with the Michigan Virtual School since 2012. He's taught government and history courses at Holland Alternative High School and at a college preparatory charter high school in Holland. Jon worked as a project coordinator in education research looking at the delivery by CD-ROM versus traditional delivery of strategies for LD and low-achieving students. He's also been a consultant for K-12 social studies teachers. Jon is presently teaching social studies courses as an adjunct professor at Baker College in Muskegon. He earned a master’s in Education and History and Bachelor of Science in Education and History with a Political Science minor, both from Grand Valley State University.

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  Molly Bruzewski
Molly Bruzewski has been teaching for Michigan Virtual School 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 recently awarded the Gerstacker Fellowship from SVSU, has been MVU's Online Teacher of the Year (2010-11), and has also been named a national James Madison Fellow.  

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  Mary Bullard
Reading has been a life-long passion for Mary Bullard. She has taught Reading and Study Skills at Michigan Virtual School since 2000. She began her career as a young adult librarian in a public library. Mary now works part-time at a local community college as reference librarian and special needs tutor. For the past 16 years she has been the library media specialist at a large high school in southeast Michigan. She earned her undergraduate degree and teaching credentials at Alma College. Mary has a Master of Library Science degree from University of Michigan and a Master of Reading from Eastern Michigan University. She has also taken technology classes from Michigan State University.

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  Ryan Call
Ryan Call has been teaching for since 2010 and is a full-time Social Studies instructor. 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 Michigan Virtual School since 2012. 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 a Michigan Virtual School online instructor in 2009. 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 have been a student her whole life.

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Yolanda Carter
Yolanda Carter became a Michigan Virtual School 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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  Tina Chambers
Tina Chambers has taught English, Psychology and AP Psychology since starting with Michigan Virtual School. 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 in Leadership degree.

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Theresa Daly Commean
Theresa Daly Commean started teaching at Michigan Virtual School 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 Michigan Virtual School 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 hometown of Traverse City with her dog, Annie Arbor.

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Bridget Cooper
Bridget Cooper became a Michigan Virtual School online instructor in 2010. She is a member of the World Languages 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. 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 teaches Introduction to Forensic Science and Advanced Forensic Science online for MVS. She is also a high school science teacher at Charlotte High School. Julie holds a professional teaching certificate for all science content and earned her 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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  Diane Culter
Diane Culter has been teaching at MVS since 2007. She believes that with MVS, students become acquainted with the educational styles of the future. Her education includes an associate degree in Fine Arts, with a minor in Spanish, from St. Clair County Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Education, majoring in Illustration, with a minor in English Language Arts, from Northern Michigan University, and a master’s degree in Computer Graphics and Instruction from Ferris State University.

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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. 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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  Louise DeTolve
Louise (Lee) DeTolve has been with Michigan Virtual School since 2002. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from University of Illinois and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology Curriculum from Governors State University. She also earned a certificate in Online Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Originally a member of the math department, Lee currently teaches Digital Imaging and Communication and Flash Animation. Prior to joining Michigan Virtual School’s staff, Lee taught geometry and was a technology coordinator in Kalamazoo. Before moving to Michigan in 1994, she taught advanced middle school mathematics in Illinois.

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Tina Dewey
Tina Dewey is a high school mathematics instructor with 20 years of teaching experience. She currently teaches geometry in Grand Ledge, and has previously taught mathematics at Lansing Community College. She began teaching online classes with Michigan Virtual School in 2009. Tina earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Western Michigan University, and later went on to earn a master's degree from Marygrove College.

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  Freda DiVitto
Freda DiVitto has been teaching German at South Lyon Community Schools since 1996 and at Michigan Virtual School 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 her Master of Arts from CMU in Library Media.

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  Darcy Ebert
Darcy Ebert teaches French for Michigan Virtual School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, where she also studied in France, and her 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 as well. 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 teaches AP Computer Science and Java Programming for MVS.

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  Dirk Fenner
Dirk Fenner became a full-time Science instructor with Michigan Virtual School in 2013. Dirk is a graduate of Spec's Howard School of Broadcast Arts, and has degrees from Delta College, associate degree in chemistry; Saginaw Valley State University, Bachelor of Science in chemistry; Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Juris Doctorate; and Wayne State University, Master of Arts in secondary education. Dirk has worked over 20 years as a chemist for Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, Schaefer Technologies and his own chemical company. Dirk has worked in law and as a counselor. He says he has found that teaching chemistry is the most enjoyable career he’s ever had.

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  Betsy Foster
Betsy Foster became a Michigan Virtual School online instructor in 2006. She is certified to teach art education and teaches AP Art History and Art Appreciation for MVS.

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  Kristine Franklin
Kristine Franklin is a passionate instructor of American Sign Language for Michigan Virtual School. She has been involved in American Sign Language since 2006. Kristine is currently continuing her education at Baker College.

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Jennifer Fruendt
Jennifer Fruendt teaches German for Michigan Virtual School. She completed an undergraduate degree in German from Central Michigan University in 2000, and then spent eight years teaching German, levels 1 through Advanced Placement, at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood, Missouri. While in Missouri she completed her master’s in Secondary Education Administration at Lindenwood University. In 2008 Jennifer moved back to Michigan and began teaching German at Frankenmuth High School. At Frankenmuth she also serves as the GAPP Coordinator and organizes a three-week homestay in Germany for Frankemuth students and a reciprocal three-week visit of German students to Frankenmuth.

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Annette Gleason
Annette Gleason is a full-time Math instructor and subject matter expert for Michigan Virtual School. She 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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  John Goudie
John Goudie is a certified online instructor and has designed or participated in the development of several online courses in science and has taught online for Michigan Virtual School since 2000. He is a member of the MVS Science department and teaches Astronomy and Bioethics. John has bachelor's, master's and specialist degrees from the University of Michigan and Western Michigan University, and a doctoral degree focused in science education. He has served on numerous boards, including the Michigan Association of Biology Teachers, the Michigan Society of Medical Researchers, and NCSSSMST. John has been the recipient of numerous awards for educators at the local, state and national levels.

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  Charlie Gragg
Charlie Gragg has designed many different online English and social studies courses, has taught online since 2008, and has been a Michigan Virtual School instructor since 2012 (AP English Language, American Film Study, Directors of the Golden Age). He is a certified teacher who also teaches face-to-face in a Michigan public school district, where he also serves the role of online mentor. Charlie has a bachelor's degree from Harvard University, and master's degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan.

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  Jennifer Guthrie
Jennifer Guthrie has been with Michigan Virtual School since 2008. Jennifer is in her eighth year as 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 her 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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  Laura Gwisdala
Laura Gwisdala has taught for Michigan Virtual School since 2013. She teaches Spanish 3 and Spanish 4. Laura graduated from Calvin College where she studied for a semester in Spain. Laura describes this experience as one of the most memorable times in her life. She is married with two children.

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Shannon Hancock
Shannon Hancock lives in the Upper Peninsula where she teaches in a face-to-face classroom at a small school. Shannon has taught in a regular classroom, a prison and at Northern Michigan University. Shannon loves teaching and loves being able to connect with students across the state by teaching online classes. She thinks that the opportunities online learning brings to our students are endless. Shannon is married and has three children, one boy and two girls.

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Diane Harrington
Diane Harrington has been teaching vocational business education in the Eastern Upper Peninsula since 1989. She earned her 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 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 Michigan Virtual School online instructor in 2008. She is a member of the English department and is certified to teach English and sociology. Stacey received her bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University. She went on to earn her master's degree from Grand Valley State University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Reading and Literacy Instruction.

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  Stacey Hicks
Stacey Hicks has taught and written curriculum for the journalism courses offered through Michigan Virtual School since 2013. She also taught English and served as publications adviser for 14 years at the high school level. During that time, she earned a master’s degree in Secondary Education from Grand Valley State University. Before returning to school to earn her teaching certification, Stacey worked as a journalist, photographer and advertising sales representative for several publications across the state.

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Elaine Hill
Elaine Hill, middle school science instructor, has been with Michigan Virtual School since 2005, teaching all levels and disciplines of middle school science as well as developing classes. Elaine attended Space Camp for Teachers at Cape Canaveral, Florida, which helped her gain an insight into astronaut training. She received her degree from Western Michigan University and has highly-qualified status in the teaching of science. Elaine brings to MVS over 30 years of experience teaching science to middle school students both online and in face-to-face classrooms. 

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  J.R. Hill
J.R. Hill has been a mathematics instructor with Michigan Virtual School 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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  John Hill
John Hill, high school history instructor, has been with Michigan Virtual School since 2002, developing and teaching American History and Native American History classes. John holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary social studies from Wayne State University and a master’s degree in history from Oakland University. In addition to teaching American and World History in a face-to-face classroom, he was involved in coaching high school and middle school sports such as basketball, baseball and football for a number of years. John has also worked as an Industrial Engineer for General Motors Corporation where he developed and taught classes at GM Plants worldwide for General Motors University. 

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  Jennifer Howe
Jennifer Howe has been teaching German to high school students for since 1998 and started instructing at Michigan Virtual School in 2012. Professionally, she is interested in communicative language teaching, authentic assessment and using technology to enhance learning. Personally, Jennifer enjoys reading, writing, traveling and spending time with her family. She is married and has two daughters.

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  Patricia Hudson
Patt Hudson has been an educator for more than 20 years. She has a vast background of professional experience that includes: Coordinator/Instructor for Ford Employees’ Skills Enhancement Program, Lincoln Public Schools; Project Management for two National Workplace Literacy Projects, South Carolina and Pennsylvania; Department Chairperson for Developmental Education, Lansing Community College; reading faculty, Western Kentucky University; high school learning disabilities teacher, Charlotte Public Schools; middle school computer and reading teacher, Lansing Public Schools; alternative education science and computer teacher, Potterville Public Schools; and online course developer and instructor, Michigan Virtual School and Florida Virtual School.

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  Teresa Johnson
Teresa Johnson has been a high school teacher for the past 30 years. 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 her 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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  Chris Kaiser
Chris Kaiser, instructor and course developer, has been with Michigan Virtual School 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 of over 11 years, 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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  Sue Kanitz
Sue Kanitz has been teaching French with Michigan Virtual School since 2008. She is a retired staff member of Milan High School, where she taught French and English for many years. Along with her teaching duties, Sue was the school’s student council adviser for several years, served as department chair and accompanied students to Europe on several occasions. Sue earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Eastern Michigan University.

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Lori Kinsey
Lori Kinsey became a Michigan Virtual School instructor in 2009. She is a member of the Science department and is certified to teach biology and science. Lori received her bachelor’s degree from Oakland University in biology, her master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in general science, and her 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 Michigan Virtual School 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 in International Relations from Troy University and holds a certificate in Distance Education from Indiana University.  

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Amber Knapp
Amber Knapp started working with Michigan Virtual School in 2007. She has taught high school mathematics for eight years and currently teaches at Dansville High School.

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  Richard Konwinski
Richard Konwinski has been a MVS mathematics teacher since 2011. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Master of Secondary Education from Western Michigan University. Richard has taught mathematics at Lansing Catholic High School, Three Rivers High School and Portage Central High School for a total of 35 years and is now retired. He has also coached various sports during that time and was a varsity basketball coach for 20 years. He is married, and has two sons and a grandson.

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Amy Kotsch
Amy Kotsch, English and business education instructor, as been a Michigan-certified 7-12 educator since 1996 and a Michigan Virtual School 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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  Jim Koyish
Jim Koyish has been involved with the Michigan Virtual School since 2002. While an adjunct online instructor, he has also taught in the face-to-face classroom in the Belding, Grant, Fremont and Holton school districts in West Michigan. Prior to working as a full-time K-12 educator, Jim was a supervisor and manager in the automotive, furniture and food processing industry. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education, a Master of Arts in Career & Technical Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Western Michigan University. He earned his Secondary Professional Teaching endorsements in IX Industrial Technology and English.

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  Christine Kunst
Christine Kunst teaches the Health and Medical Terminology course for Michigan Virtual School. 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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  Christine Ladner
Christine Ladner has taught Japanese at Michigan Virtual School since the course’s inception in 2008. 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 her 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 Michigan Virtual School online instructor in 2010. He is a member of the Math department and is certified to teach history and math.

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  Christopher Luea
Christopher Luea became a Michigan Virtual School online instructor in 2011. He is a member of the world languages 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 a bachelor's and master's degree. Christopher also teaches at Williamston Community Schools.   

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  Debra Lynch
Debra Lynch joined Michigan Virtual School in January 2010. For the past 25 years, she has taught business and technology courses at the high school level and serves as the work based learning coordinator. She 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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Amy E. Mabin
Amy Mabin has been with Michigan Virtual School since 2011. She teaches several social studies courses both online for MVS as well as in a physical classroom for the Grand Rapids Public Schools, where she’s been teaching in grades 7-12 since 2005. Amy earned her undergraduate degree in 2005 from Hope College and a master’s degree in education in 2009 from Cornerstone University.

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  Kelly Madden
Kelly Madden has been employed with Michigan Virtual School since the fall of 2008 and teaches French. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Adrian College where she majored in French and a minored in earth science. She also has Master of Arts in Education from Michigan State University and is currently working toward a second master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Kelly teaches French and Educational Leadership in the traditional classroom for Marinette High School in Marinette, Wisconsin, where she is also the adviser for French Club, Hi-Q and National Honor Society. She enjoys reading, running, biking and spending time with her husband, daughters and dog.

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Sara Maison
Sara Maison has been a science teacher for over 10 years. She currently teaches AP Biology and Astronomy for Michigan Virtual School. 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 has earned an undergraduate degree from Ferris State University with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She has additionally earned an MAT in Natural Science graduate degree from Saginaw Valley State University.

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Shawn Maison
Shawn Maison has been a science educator since 2012. He currently teaches Earth Science at Michigan Virtual School. 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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Patricia Maldonado
Patricia Maldonado’s involvement with Michigan Virtual School began in 2009. She currently teaches Biology/Earth Science/Forensic Science courses and AP Biology. Prior to working with MVS, Patricia taught earth science for 11 years at Gardner Junior High and AP environmental/biology for 22 years at Eastern High School in Lansing. After retiring from the Lansing Public Schools, she took a position as a field instructor for Michigan State University working with pre-service teachers monitoring their internships in various local school districts. Patricia has a Bachelor of Science in Geography/Geology and a Master of Science in Teaching from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She and her husband and their canine pals reside in the Eaton Rapids area.

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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.

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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. 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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  David McKay
David McKay has taught mathematics at the high school level since 2004. He earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Oakland University and a master’s degree from Michigan State University. David currently lives in Rochester with his wife and two sons.

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  Don McLaughlin
Don McLaughlin is in his thirteenth year of teaching economics. He spent five years as a social studies teacher and track & field coach in Southern California. 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. Don teaches AP Micro Economics for Michigan Virtual School.

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Patricia McMillen
Patricia McMillen has been teaching in the science department at Michigan Virtual School since the fall of 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts from Michigan State University. Patricia also teaches in a public high school where she is currently an instructor and science department chair. She served for 13 years as the K-12 Science Curriculum Coordinator and has worked extensively in staff development both in the public schools and for Delta Education.

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Judith Medlin
Judith Medlin has been teaching Career Planning and Psychology courses for Michigan Virtual School since 2003. She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, majoring in English with a Social Studies minor with an emphasis on Sociology/Psychology. Judith earned a Secondary Teaching Certificate Master of Arts in Counseling at Michigan State University with K-12 certification endorsement. Judith taught high school English for 18 years and was a high school counselor, AP coordinator and the director of guidance for 15 years. Since retiring in 2005, she has enjoyed keeping in touch with students and the field of education through her work at MVS.

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Sandra Miller
Sandra Miller became a Michigan Virtual School 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 Michigan Virtual School 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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JoDean Mogg-Snyder
JoDean Mogg-Snyder has been with Michigan Virtual School since 2008 teaching Health MMC ABS. In  2009 she began teaching Psychology A and B, also. She has taught in Michigan public schools for 22 years at both the middle school and high school levels. JoDean graduated from Central Michigan University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree. She also attended Michigan State University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. In 2006,  JoDean earned a master’s degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. In her spare time JoDean enjoys time with her family, sports, the beach, shopping and reading.

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  Brian Moore
Brian Moore has taught economics for Michigan Virtual School since 2013. He has taught elementary, middle and high school classes in Kansas, Arizona and Michigan.

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Kathy Morris
Kathy Morris has been with Michigan Virtual School since 2001. She has served as a regional ambassador for MVS and continues to promote the growth of online learning in the region. Kathy has developed courses for Michigan Virtual School and currently teaches Employability Skills. She is also a business teacher at Superior Central Schools in the Upper Peninsula. She is retired from Superior Central  after teaching CTE/business courses and mentoring online students. Kathy currently supervises online learning at North Star Academy in Marquette. 

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Rebecca Mulrooney
Rebecca Mulrooney teaches Personal Finance and Algebra II for Michigan Virtual School. She joined us 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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Elisha Murphy
Elisha Murphy, Michigan Virtual School mathematics instructor, has been with MVS since 2005. She has both taught and developed MVS mathematics courses. Before joining Michigan Virtual School, Murphy worked with both the Grosse Pointe and Troy public schools systems. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from Western Michigan University and an Master of Public Administration degree in Educational Administration from the University of Michigan.

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Traci Nacarato
Traci Nacarato has a master’s in Spanish Literature, Language and Culture from Miami University in Ohio. Her college studies included a semester in Spain and a summer in Mexico. After graduating, she worked in healthcare exports. She later obtained her teacher certification and, in addition to teaching for Michigan Virtual School, works in Saginaw with students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

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Chandra Nielson
Chandra Nielson was a 2002 graduate of Michigan State University with a major in biology, minor in chemistry and completed her teaching certificate in 2003. Chandra is a graduate student at MSU in Educational Technology. Chandra has an extensive research background in the areas of animal health and chemistry. During college she worked at the MSU Large Animal Veterinary Clinic, Michigan Department of Agriculture and many MSU farms. Following college, she was hired by MBI International in the area of Industrial Biotechnology. MBI produces fuels, chemicals, polymers, proteins and other materials from renewable resources. Chandra has been involved with 4-H Youth Development through the Michigan State University Extension for over 20 years as a member and project leader with horses and ponies. Chandra’s hobbies are 4-H, training youth horse riders, riding and showing her own horses.

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Judith Nixon
Judith Nixon became a Michigan Virtual School online instructor in 2008. She is a member of the World Languages 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 Michigan Virtual School since its inception. She has taught online business and information management programs, developed course curriculum, and continues to provide instruction in Microsoft Applications. Prior to joining Michigan Virtual School, she 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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Frederick Page
Frederick Page teaches the Astronomy course for Michigan Virtual School. He taught astronomy at Northwestern High School in Detroit for 36 years. He has also taught biology, physical science, chemistry, adult education and earth science. Frederick was the planetarium director for Detroit Public Schools and provided field trips, along with peer teaching in astronomical topics, for all students in the district. He was honored in 1990 with the Michigan Science and Technology Honor Roll, and in 2002 was presented the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Frederick is MVU's Online Teacher of the Year for 2013-14.

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  Kristi Peacock
Kristi Peacock has been teaching for Michigan Virtual School since 2008 and is MVS's full-time Science instructor and subject matter expert. She currently teaches AP Computer Science, HTML Web Design, Basic Applications, Study Skills and Employability Skills. In over 20 years of teaching in Michigan, Kristi has taught everything from basic computer skills for kindergartners to computer programming at the junior college level. She received a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and continued her education at both Spring Arbor University and Lake Superior State University. Kristi believes the MVS program provides an awesome venue for its students.

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  Dana Plaxton
Dana Plaxton became an online instructor with Michigan Virtual School 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 a Michigan Virtual School online instructor in 2012, and is now a full-time World Languages instructor and subject matter expert. Alanna received her 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 their 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 her Master of Educational Studies degree.

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  Shant’l Raines
Shant’l Raines joined Michigan Virtual School in 2014. She currently teaches Entrepreneurship Business Management. Shant'l is certified to teach vocational marketing and English courses. After graduating from Central Michigan University, she returned to earn a master's degree in Educational Leadership. Shant'l currently teaches English and business electives at a local West Michigan school.

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Sheila Robertson
Sheila Robertson joined Michigan Virtual School in 2011 and  teaches Spanish. She is currently retired from full-time teaching after 33 years. Through MSU, 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 Michigan Virtual School in 2013 and teaches AP Physics.

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  Lisa Rohde
Lisa Rohde became a Michigan Virtual School online instructor in 2012, and is now a full-time English Language Arts instructor and subject matter expert. Prior to working with MVU full time, Lisa taught English at the secondary level and post-secondary levels in traditional settings for several years. Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and teacher certification from the University of Detroit-Mercy and her 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 Michigan Virtual School since 2003. She received a Bachelor of Science from Alma College, majoring in Biology and Natural Science, with a minor in Math. She received her master’s from MSU in Science Curriculum and her 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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Megan Schrauben
Megan Schrauben’s teaching and coaching experiences cover a multitude of ages and subjects. As a physicist she held research positions at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, Fermilab near Chicago, and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at MSU, and she taught for two summers in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She taught high school for six years before moving to be the director of the Mathematics and Science Center in Jackson County for four years. Currently, she is the integrated education consultant at the Michigan Department of Education. Megan earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics Education from the University of Michigan and a Master of Applied Science from Michigan Technological University.  

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  Darci Schulze
Darci Schulze teaches American Sign Language for Michigan Virtual School. She earned a degree in business and worked as a director of sales for a couple of years before returning to school for sign language interpreting. Darci became an interpreter 10 years ago and has worked continuously in the field ever since. She enjoys interpreting and looks forward to working with the students in helping them learn sign language.

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  Susan Sharp
Susan Sharp became a Michigan Virtual School online instructor in 2003. She is certified to teach English, history and social science.


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Gary Shea
Gary Shea has been teaching AP Psychology in a classroom for since 2004 and online for Michigan Virtual School since 2008. Gary finds psychology an endlessly fascinating subject – in part because it is a relatively new science and so much of human thinking and behavior is still open to scientific investigation. He has degrees from Michigan State University and Oakland University in education and history. Gary is also a regular reader of AP Exam essays.

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Kathleen Skinner
Kathleen Skinner has taught Basic Software Applications for Michigan Virtual School high school and middle school students since 2004. Kathleen says that a long career in office management helps her choose assignments for students that reflect the skills needed for college and business. Kathleen received a bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University with a Business Education major and is presently working on a master’s degree in Social Studies.

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  Linda Smith
Linda Smith is an instructor and has designed or participated in the development of several online courses in business and entrepreneurship. She has taught for Michigan Virtual School since 2003. Linda has 20+ years’ experience as a business executive. She received her bachelor's degree in Management & Leadership from Northland College in Ashland, Wisc., and a master's degree in Business Education from Western Michigan University. Linda has served on numerous boards, including the Michigan Marketing Educator as an executive board member. Linda has participated in several grant opportunities in writing and aligning curriculum/lesson plans for Michigan marketing teachers.

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  Lori Smith
Lori Smith is a mathematics educator for Bay City Public Schools. She has a business education degree from Ferris State University and a mathematics degree from Saginaw Valley State University. She has been teaching math at Bay City Western High School for 27 years. Her goal as a teacher is to promote positive learning and help students gain enthusiasm for learning.

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  Shannon Smith
Shannon Smith became a Michigan Virtual School online instructor in 2008. She has also taught U.S. history, world history, civics and economics in face-to-face environments for over 10 years and is the secondary academic coordinator at Central Academy in Ann Arbor. In addition, she is a certified guidance counselor and is working toward her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University. Currently, she teaches Psychology and U.S. History at MVS. Her primary goal is to see each student achieve success.

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Theresa Soloman
Theresa Soloman has taught Anatomy for the Michigan Virtual School since 2004. She retired from the public school system after teaching science for over 30 years. Theresa has a Bachelor of Science degree and in 2006 obtained a master’s in geoscience. She also has taken classes online which helped prepare her to teach online. She has found online courses to be extremely challenging and that communication with online instructors was much better than in face-to-face classes. Theresa hopes that students taking her online course will come to the realization that learning should be self-directed and extend over the lifetime of an individual.

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  Andrew Spiece
Andrew Spiece became a full-time mathematics and computer science instructor with Michigan Virtual School in 2014. Andrew received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 2005. He comes 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 Associations 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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William Springer
William Springer has been a French instructor with Michigan Virtual School since 2009 and is currently MVS's full-time World Languages 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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  Holly Suszko
Holly Suszko joined Michigan Virtual School as a full-time science instructor and subject matter expert in 2013. Holly received her 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 her 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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  Julia Swartz
Julia Swartz has been teaching English for Michigan Virtual School since 2003. She also has developed courses and directed the development of other courses. Julia has served as the department chair at a public school and for MVS. She has presented for MVS and for SAS Curriculum Pathways at state and national conventions. Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction. She spent 37.5 years teaching English and computer applications in a small mid-Michigan high school and 7.5 years serving as curriculum director. She was the 2011-12 Michigan Online Teacher of the Year.

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Abigail Tanner
Abigail Tanner has been teaching for Michigan Virtual School since 2007 and has taught global issues and U.S. history to both high school and middle school students. In addition to teaching for MVS, she teaches world history, U.S. history and AP U.S. history at Northwest High School in Jackson. At Northwest she also serves as the Social Studies department chair, Link Crew advisor, School Improvement Team member and middle school track coach. Abigail enjoys finding new ways to incorporate technology into her face-to face-classroom, as well as in her online courses. She earned a Bachelor of Science in History from Central Michigan University in 2004, where she also earned a teaching certificate in history and geography. Abigail continued her education at Central Michigan University, completing a Master of Arts in Education in 2007.

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  D. Jonathan Tobar
D. Jonathan Tobar became a Michigan Virtual School 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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Deborah Lois Taylor
Deborah Lois Taylor has been with Michigan Virtual School since 2004. She teaches life skills courses including Career Planning and Study Skills. She had a 43-year career with the Detroit Public Schools beginning as a student assistant in the Audio Visual Teaching Aids Library in her college freshmen year. Deborah served 38 years as a library media specialist and language arts teacher finally retiring in 2009. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics and a Master of Science in Library Science at Wayne State University.

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  Krista Tomaselli
Krista Tomaselli, English instructor, has been with Michigan Virtual School since 2009, and is MVS's full-time English Language Arts instructor and subject matter expert. Prior to working for MVS, she taught high school English for six years in a traditional school setting. Krista has also taught college-level English and reading for the past three years for several colleges and universities. Krista earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Eastern Michigan University. Later, she went on to earn her Master of Arts in Reading also from Eastern Michigan University. Currently, she is certified to teach K-12 reading and 7-12 English and sociology.

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  Andrew Vanden Heuvel
Andrew Vanden Heuvel has been teaching physics and astronomy with Michigan Virtual School since 2009. As a former research astronomer, Andrew has a variety of unique experiences that he brings to his online classes. He has discovered five asteroids and an extra-solar planet, flown onboard a zero-gravity research plane and was considered a highly-qualified astronaut candidate. Andrew was the 2010-11 Online Teacher of the Year and a Google Glass Explorer.

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  Kirk Weber
Kirk Weber has been teaching a mixture of high school journalism, English, history, student leadership and popular culture since 1996, including advising high school newspaper and yearbook staffs. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and History from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix, and a Master of Arts in Film, Media and Popular Culture from Arizona State University. Currently, he lives in Troy with his wife and three children. Kirk teaches Digital Journalism for Michigan Virtual School. He is certified to teach journalism and history.

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Patricia West
Patricia West began teaching for Michigan Virtual School in 2003, and has taught several courses in the English department including Beginning Composition, American Literature and British Literature. When MVS changed its courses to meet the Michigan Merit Curriculum standards, she developed the current British Literature course. Patricia graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in English. Before working for MVS, she taught English for Grand Rapids Public Schools and coached both girls and boys varsity tennis teams for local high schools. Patricia and her husband live in Siesta Key, Florida, during the winter months and return to Michigan in the spring.

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Cynthia White
Cynthia White became a Michigan Virtual School online instructor in 2008. She is certified to teach French and history.

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  Anna Wicks
Anna Wicks has taught for Michigan Virtual School 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 Michigan Virtual School 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 her 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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