Instructor, Kentucky Virtual High School
Kentucky Department of Education
Since retiring from the Fayette County Public Schools, I have maintained a personal service contract with the Kentucky Department of Education. I currently teach 76 students in 3 courses: AP United States History, United States History and Geography. I created the on-line US History course for the Kentucky Virtual High School. I represented the Kentucky Virtual Schools at the Southern Regional Education Board meeting in April, 2008 to develop professional development standards for on-line instructors.
I have found that on-line instruction can:
- Engage students with learning styles that previously were not easily engaged in the classical classroom situation.
- Redefine the learning environment in such a way that the individual learner is the central concern and learning is facilitated.
- Benefit students in rural (and sometimes poor) areas where Advanced Placement and other courses are not available.
Technology is a resource which will allow students of the 21st century to adjust to a lifetime of change; and whether they are seeking information, or marketing services, the successful citizen of the future must be proficient in its use.