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Michigan Virtual welcomes two new executive directors

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Michigan Virtual hired two experienced educators to lead its educational programs and outreach efforts. Tamara Bashore-Berg is the new Executive Director of Educational Programs and Michael Nauss is the Executive Director of Outreach.

“Tamara and Michael bring a wealth of professional experience and expertise to Michigan Virtual as positive change agents in public education,” said Jamey Fitzpatrick, Michigan Virtual President & CEO. “They will play a critical role as part of Michigan Virtual’s executive leadership team in guiding program developments and strengthening our partnerships with Michigan school districts.”

Bashore-Berg comes to Michigan Virtual after 27 years at Ingham Intermediate School District where she was involved in staff development alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessment, and instructional design. She will lead the development, evaluation and revision of curriculum and instruction, and assumes responsibility for the implementation of education programs.

“Online and blended learning has such potential to transform teaching and learning,” said Bashore-Berg. “I am excited to bring my experiences to the Michigan Virtual team as we continue to grow and lead the way in these areas.”

Bashore-Berg has served in multiple roles in education, from teacher, administrator and consultant. She has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a Master in the Art of Teaching/Master in Education degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. She has served actively on the MDE Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation Advisory Committee, the Michigan ASCD Board, the Michigan Educational Research Associate Board, and served on the national ASCD Legislative committee, among other outreach activities.

As Executive Director of Outreach, Nauss manages institutional relationships with school clients and serves as key liaison to Michigan’s K-12 community, including statewide professional associations.

“Serving as a K-12 educational leader, at local, state and national levels, has provided me with the opportunity to learn from our nation’s most skilled practitioners and innovative thinkers,” Nauss said. “I look forward to bringing those experiences and networks of support to Michigan Virtual and their role as Michigan’s digital learning leader.”

Before joining Michigan Virtual, Nauss served as the Director of Administration and Operations in the College of Education at Michigan State University, as a senior education consultant with the Michigan Department of Education, as Assistant Superintendent at Harper Creek Community Schools, and in many other educational positions, including classroom teaching. Nauss has a bachelor’s degree (Elementary Education) and a master’s degree (Educational Leadership) from Western Michigan University.

About Michigan Virtual
Michigan Virtual is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by the State of Michigan in 1998 to serve as a champion for online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual, Michigan LearnPort, and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute. Visit michiganvirtual.org for more information.

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About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual™ (formally known as Michigan Virtual University®) provides online courses for Michigan students, professional development for educators and is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®. As a nonprofit organization with more than 20 years of experience, Michigan Virtual is Michigan’s leading voice in online education. Visit us at michiganvirtual.org.

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We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.