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Senior Professional Learning Specialist
Anne has fifteen years of classroom teaching, and her experiences in diverse classroom settings have shaped her desire to continuously learn with and from others. She enjoys mentoring educators, problem-solving curriculum issues, and learning best practices.
Senior Instructor - Math
Annette is a Grand Valley State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in English. Prior to working for Michigan Virtual, she taught English at Vestaburg Middle School. Outside of teaching, Annette is passionate about Disney and her family. On weekends she can be found in Grand Rapids with friends or spending time with her husband and dog, Yeti.
Senior Professional Learning Specialist
Danielle comes to Michigan Virtual’s professional learning services team with over a decade of experience teaching in the classroom. She is passionate about collaborating with educators to create and implement instructional practices that are transformative and liberating. Danielle is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and history and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. In her free time, she enjoys reading, acting, crafting, and spending time with her family.
Professional Learning Services Manager
Emily taught in elementary, middle and high schools, with a focus on literacy. She enjoys connecting with and learning from fellow educators, as well as learning new strategies to engage students and improve instruction.
Instructional Design Specialist I
Ed.D., Senior Professional Learning Specialist
Jeff holds a doctorate in instructional technology and distance education from Nova Southeastern University. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and an Advisory Board member for the United States Distance Learning Association. Jeff has presented and consulted internationally on a variety of instructional technology and organizational diffusion of innovation topics, and he is passionate about competency-based education, expediting the diffusion innovations within organizations, reducing transactional distance in virtual learning environments, and group facilitation.
Course Development Manager
Kristi has spent 26 years teaching in brick-and-mortar classrooms in elementary, middle, and high school career and technical education courses. Kristi has been working with Michigan Virtual since 2014 as a learner. She later served as a presenter in their blended learning programs and as a blended learning coach for public schools. Her passions include being a life-long learner and innovating instruction to provide quality and engaging learning experiences.
Seriously, if you had to design your ideal PD plan, what would it look like? Would you want more options? More relevancy to your students? More flexibility? The opportunity to learn from home?
With over 200 online PD courses and face-to-face training options, our goal is to empower you to take your teaching to the next level on a schedule that works for you.
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.