The past week has been a wonderful experience for all of us here at Illinois Virtual School. We hosted our annual summer professional development for our teachers. We worked in personal learning community teams, focused on course quality using the Quality Matters rubric, and shared techniques for working with students in our unique way.
We know our teachers are a major asset of our organization. So when opening email today it came as no surprise that a parent had noticed too. With permission we are sharing this testimonial,
Dear Director Hamblin,I wanted to take a moment to tell you about our experience with Illinois Virtual School. First a bit of background. I am a working mother of 4 children ages 5 – 18. My daughter Teagen has not had the easiest or most positive experience with her high school years. At the end of junior year she came to me and asked if she could graduate early. She was only shy a half a credit. I had my reservations about allowing her to take an online class. She’s not the most self-motivating either. We did our research on the different options available for her to earn her credit. We liked the look and feel of the website for Illinois Virtual School the best. Very well put together, self-explanatory, and user friendly. Teagen selected oceanography because we have a large reef tank in our home and she wanted to learn more. She was able to start the class right away, which was near to the end of her regular school term. Just as I feared Teagen had some trouble maintaining her course work. Now to the best part and why I am messaging you today. Dr. Lisner was amazing. She kept in constant contact with Teagen. If Teagen really just didn’t get an assignment, Dr. Lisner took the time to walk Teagen through, give her additional help and encouragement. Dr. Lisner also called to alert me when it seemed like Teagen needed parental help and encouragement. The extra amount of time Dr. Lisner must have put in helping us was incredible. She is an asset to your teaching community. Teagen was able to complete her course and finished with an A!Thank you for your time today. Please feel free to share our story. And if there are any accolades or attention you can give to Dr. Lisner please do so. Our experience was remarkable.Thank you,Susie Wiechman (Teagen’s Mom)