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VTVLC Administrator Profile Greg Runyan, VTVLC Director, just celebrated his one year anniversary of taking on the post. “I get the privilege of leading a great team providing online learning opportunities for students across Vermont,” Runyan said. During his first...
Ashley Newton discusses her journey from classroom teacher to VTVLC assistant director, her focus on community and connection for the school year, and more.
VTVLC Administrator Profile Melissa Sargent-Minor joined VTVLC as a consulting special educator back in 2021, but this year she has transitioned to Director of Special Education, a role in which she supports educational teams (families, schools, and VTVLC) to ensure...
VTVLC K-8 Principal Jennifer Hindes comes from a long line of educators. Her father was a high school social studies teacher and middle school principal, and both her grandmother and great-grandmother were teachers in one-room schoolhouses. “I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was a little girl,” Hindes said.
As VTVLC’s 9-12 Principal, Jessica Leo coordinates VTVLC’s full-time high school program.
“I have the pleasure of working with students, families, VTVLC Student Support, and Vermont schools to support the success of our students,” Leo said.
Technology in today’s world is used in many ways, both negatively and positively. One of the positive ways is the availability of virtual learning. Without technology, online learning would be impossible.
A normal day for me as a virtual student is both simple and routine. I take on-demand classes, which means my learning is not tethered to a traditional fall/spring academic calendar, and I can work at my own pace. Each day, after I get ready for the day and eat breakfast, I switch my attention to all the work I have to do. I usually work for five hours at a time, take a break for about an hour, and then complete any personal work I need to complete. I then run some errands, eat dinner, and unwind from the day.
Making sure you are supported by a reliable group of people is so important, especially when you are going to school virtually. In a virtual setting, when you need help, you can’t simply find your teacher in a school building or classroom. Additionally, in some rolling admission classes, it may not be possible to interact with peers that could assist you, either. If you need help from a teacher, the onus is on you to reach out and schedule an appointment to get the help you need. It is also important to have family or friends that can be there for extra support when you need it.
Time management and organization, especially when it comes to independent classes such as the ones offered through VTVLC, can be incredibly tricky. Yet, these skills are crucial to success not only at VTVLC and in school, but in all aspects of life. As a result, I have developed a number of strategies that have helped me to succeed and motivate myself independently.
Maintaining a good head space while completing school online is essential. If you are not in a good head space while schooling online, it is very likely you will fall behind, and it is easy to do so. Some ways of maintaining or improving your headspace while being online are staying social, exercising, taking on new hobbies, and listening to music.