Illinois Virtual School (IVS) is the State Board of Education’s (ISBE) statewide, supplemental online program serving Illinois students (grades 5-12) and educators with a range of quality online courses to enhance and expand learning opportunities.
ISBE’s funding offsets IVS’ total cost of operation. This funding has allowed IVS to provide a discounted tuition price point for schools and parents from public, private, and home-school institutions.
FY 16 funding for IVS has not been allocated from ISBE due to Illinois’ budget crisis. To ensure the program continues its operation for students and educators, the following IVS course fee increase will take effect April 1.
Full Service online courses taught by IL-certified teachers will increase to $225.00/semester course enrollment.
Credit Recovery online courses will increase to $85/semester course with 10-weeks of access.
I originally grew up in a northern suburb of Chicago, named Deerfield, Illinois. Growing up I became accustomed to trips downstate to southern Illinois to visit my mother’s side in the town of Olney. So, I am familiar with urban and rural settings within the state.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy following professional sports including everything and all things Chicago. I am a die-hard Cubs fan and will continue to keep up hope until the eventual World Series. I am an avid movie-watcher especially of comedy, action, and a few dramas.
I believe every student has the potential to learn in a safe, respectful, and quality environment. As a social sciences teacher, I work every single day to instill in students the necessary skills and intellect to function as a positive contributing member in the global society of today.
Favorite Quote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I joined the faculty at IVS fairly recently, starting in 2013, but have also been teaching for eight years at Beardstown High School in central Illinois. I live in a tiny little town out here in the cornfields, where my town might just have less people than your high school (we have roughly 3,000 residents). In addition to my high school classes, I’ve also taught for the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, and Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. Before I started teaching, I obtained my bachelors degree in History and Secondary Education from Knox College, and then completed my Masters degree in Instructional Design and Technology at Western Illinois University. Since then, I’ve taken a wide array of other graduate level courses in my spare time both to enhance my teaching, and simply because I think learning new things is exciting (corny, I know… but I’m a happy nerd).
I absolutely love teaching, and have taught almost every subject that could be offered by a social studies department, including World History, American History, American Government, Geography, AP European History, AP United States History, and AP World History. I also teach computer classes for the first time this year, and recently earned my endorsement an ESL (English-as-a-Second-Language) teacher.
Outside the classroom, my life isn’t terribly exciting (teaching IS my excitement), but I enjoy computers, video games, television, art, and playing with the newest member of my household, Casey, who is a Labrador retriever puppy with far too much energy for his own good. He’s totally adorable, unless you happen to be a pair of shoes… then he’s terrifying.