Check out the great work that our students do at Georgia Virtual School!
In the virtual world, it can be tough to create educational partnerships with students if they aren't willing to look at courses as more than just a grade. When a student comes along that truly enjoys a subject and only returns to GaVS the next semester with the hopes of being on your roster, then that signals someone special. Christina was in my World History A course during Fall 2021 and excelled in every assignment she tackled. She always created memorable presentations and provided engaging discussions to our class discussion board.
She also would reach out to me with additional topics of interest because she had never really dived deep into history. I would receive emails from her mom about the engaging discussions they had at home as a result of our course content. Seeing Christina back on my roster this spring was a wonderful surprise, and I do not doubt that she will go above and beyond with every module we cover. She is a great example of a student who takes pride and ownership in their learning!
Isabelle is inspirational to those who have the absolute pleasure of meeting her and getting to know her. She exemplifies the type of student that benefits from and contributes to Georgia Virtual School and all her studies and activities. From day one in class, Isabelle did outstanding work always going beyond the requirements, thinking deeply, and posing thought provoking questions. Her discussion posts inspire other students to participate at a deep level. She does extra learning opportunity assignments when her grade is one of the highest in the class. During our study of Sensation and Perception, Isabelle shared with us that she was legally blind. She volunteered to speak to the group in Live Learning and share how she adapts to have the full high school experience. I dare say, the class motivation to achieve without complaints increased substantially after that day in appreciation of the additional efforts that students like Isabelle make. Without substantial glasses Isabelle could not recognize her own parents if they stood directly in front of her. Isabelle appreciates the flexibility of the GAVS schedule so she can limit her daily time on the computer, avoid migraines, and submit work on time. She can have the module content read to her and listen to the audio and video resources provided to her. Isabelle has not allowed anything to stand in the way of enjoying extracurriculars. She participates in Mock Trial, One Act Play, Cheerleading, and Quiz Bowl. She has won awards in the National Latin Exam, State Literary for extemporaneous speaking, the Coaches Award for Cross Country, and been on the winning State Quiz Bowl team. In addition, she finds time to volunteer as a tutor and write a guest column for the Oconee Enterprise newspaper. Knowing Isabelle, motivates us to aspire to be true visionaries.
Isabella is a hardworking, kind, and resilient student. She is currently taking two AP classes including AP Spanish Language & Culture through GaVS and AP English Literature & Composition. Isabella is an active participant in her classes and her discussion contributions are always appreciated. She is involved in multiple clubs in her local school and enjoys volunteering in her community. Isabella is also very passionate about helping immigrant teens and recently created a website Helping Teen Immigrants Of America to help this demographic form community, raise awareness, and connect to resources. This young lady is a youth activist who wants to do her part to make a difference and serve others. I have no doubt that she will accomplish great things!
I have had the pleasure of teaching Sam for two semesters. She is kind and so kind to her peers in class. Sam enjoys the discussion forums in the course and is always finding ways to connect with other students there. She joins my weekly live chats and volunteers to speak and practice with me every week. She is almost like my class assistant, she answers questions in the chat box while I deliver the lesson! Sam is a very responsible student, self-motivated, and an advocate for her learning. She excels in her Georgia Virtual class as a result of these attributes. I have enjoyed being able to assist in her learning, and watching her grow into an exemplar digital citizen and human being.
Have you ever felt like you know someone, and then you find out a piece of information that blows you away and makes you respect the person even more? Recently, I had this experience with one of my students. Ceara is an excellent communicator, politely asking questions and clarifying what she needs to be successful in her online course. Throughout her semesters of taking a full load of coursework with GaVS, she has consistently worked diligently to stay on pace with her coursework completion. The work she produces is always high quality and she takes pride in her learning. Over the last couple of months, she has had to undergo extensive medical procedures and yet she barely misses a beat. Her resiliency of working while not always feeling great inspires me to work hard too. She is so tough and I have enjoyed seeing all that she has been able to accomplish in her coursework! She could have every reason to check out or not communicate or have excuses, and yet she continues to press forward in the most resolute, kindest way! If you want to be blown away by her hard and yet beautiful story, read this.
Sanai is an exemplary student! She works very hard in her American Sign Language (ASL) course and submits quality work. Sanai is a beautiful signer and a pleasure to teach. She is polite, respectful, communicative, and advocates for herself. Sanai is involved with her school's cross country and track and field teams. She balances school and extra-curricular activities by managing her time well. Sanai also uses the Canvas app to complete assignments on the go. One of her recent ASL assignments was recorded on a bus on the way to her cross country meet. I am impressed with her dedication to her coursework and her sport! Sanai is a role model for her peers!
Moise, his mother, and two siblings, fled their village in Rwanda in the middle of the night and were taken to Clarkston, GA, as part of a U.S. refugee relocation program in November 2018. When Moise and his family arrived, Moise spoke no English. At the age of 15, Moise entered Clarkston High School as a freshman. He immediately excelled in his early high school courses, as he continued to work on his English proficiency. During high school, Moise has been on the varsity cross country, track, and soccer teams, worked part time, competed on the robotics team, played and officiated club soccer, and volunteered helping young children in his community. Moise is currently a straight A student at Clarkston High School. This past summer, Moise took two advanced mathematics courses through Georgia Virtual School and completed a final English proficiency program. Moise aspires to attend a selective 4-year university after graduation to focus on computer engineering and, in his words, “helping other people.” Those who know Moise well recognize extraordinary potential in this young man, and have found him to be humble, driven, and extremely grateful.
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