Verifier Notes

March 16, 2015

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Verifier Question in Email

How to I recommend a participant's capstone for exemplary?


Occasionally you will come across a blog that is simply amazing. It is unique and thoughtful with a plethora of artifacts and engaging reflections. You can't help thinking that this participant's work should be shared. TQ encourages you to share the outstanding work by nominating a participant for exemplary designation. The steps are simple and outlined in the verifier resources below. We expect approximately 10% of capstones to receive the exemplary badge.

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Sharing Commentary

Kelly Gardner updated the optional capstone form with an area for verifiers to provide additional observations about participant capstones. Feel free to use this area to make notations about participant work that might be useful to share with GAVS administration.


https://docs.google.com/a/gavirtualschool.org/forms/d/1uugQ0x3ztsxuRFSMCDEAq0P1PFg-PNdW4YQPYZPxiIA/viewform?sid&c=0&w=1&token

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The TOOL TQ team is made up of outstanding GAVS educators. To help us get to know each other, we will share short biographies about the team members in the coming weeks. To begin, we are highlighting GaVS's seasoned verifiers: Kelly Gardner and Laura Harris. Kelly and Laura remain constant supporters and advocates for TOOL. They share their insight below. Thanks ladies!


Sharon and Joyce

Kelly Gardner

Share a little about yourself.

I've been with GaVS since 2007, and have been able to ​work in a variety of roles. I've been an adjunct instructor, content developer, credit-recovery essay grader, department coordinator, mentor, and course reviewer. I've also worked as a development specialist on a few projects. Currently, I am a full-time English instructor and TOOL verifier.


I have been married for a little over ten years and have three wonderful children (Allison 8, Abigail 6, and Nate 2). In my "spare time" (like there is any), I am training for a half-marathon. I also enjoy helping out at my kids' school, baking, and watching Downton Abbey and Jimmy Fallon.


What do you find most worthwhile about being a verifier?

Being a verifier has given me the opportunity to not only see new technology tools, but also be a part of the forefront in teacher recruitment. ​​I am able to see what teachers, of all disciplines, across the nation are doing with technology.


How long have you been a verifier?

I have been a verifier for the Create module since the TOOL started. It has been a pleasure to be a part of the "flagship" team!​


Share a verifier tip.

I have a folder in my email for capstones. This way, when I get one, I can move the unread emails there. Then I can refer to the folder to determine which capstones need to be completed first. Also, just recently, I started using the ​stars within Google to mark whether or not a particular capstone was denied or approved. This is something that could come in handy for quick reference later.

Laura Harris

Share a little about yourself.

I have been married to my soulmate, Jonathan, for 16 years and we live in Dacula, Ga. We have 2 of the sweetest boys in the world, Baxley (13) and Thurman (11). I am originally from Hayesville, NC and am the daughter, granddaughter, niece and cousin of educators, so teaching is in my blood! I have taught for 1 year in NC and for 17 years in Gwinnett County. I started teaching with GAVS in 2006 and currently also teach for Millcreek High School (the largest high school in Georgia). My dissertation focused on evaluating online teachers and it is a subject that is dear to my heart. I could go on and on, but in a nutshell, I am living my "dream" life!


What do you find most worthwhile about being a verifier?

I absolutely love examining how other professionals feel about online teaching. It is also rewarding to see the progress they make through the TOOL process. Most of all, I love reading new ideas and different philosophies from the participants.


How long have you been a verifier?

Since the beginning…a little over a year.


Share a verifier tip.

Verify when you have time to really delve into a participant's work…you just might learn something valuable!