The Mentee Minute

August 16th, vol. 2

August Mentoring Focus: Course Homepages

  • Outstanding NEWS items
  • Conditional release of NEWS items

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Just In Time Meetings with Marge Felz and Mentoring Team

When: Monday, August 19th, 6 pm
Where: This is an online event. Join Marge and the mentors every Monday at 6 pm. The Adobe sessions cover key topics that you need to know, just in time!


Email welcome letters and make welcome calls.

Activate eyeballs.

Update your communication log (this is important!)

Send out course updates email after Aug. 16th. Be sure to bcc: your QAS, courseupdates, and your mentor.

Meetings this week (Aug 19th -23rd)

  • Monday, Aug.19th 6 pm JIT Meeting
  • Tuesday, Aug. 20th 6 or 7:30 pm Faculty Meeting
  • Thursday, Aug. 22nd 7:30 pm Professional Development Series- Analytics (Edmodo code: ofk9gi)

Shining Examples

We have seen some outstanding examples of announcements on home pages. Take a look at these!

What is a Conditional Release?

Conditional Releases

A conditional release allows only a select group of students to see an item (announcement, quiz, etc.). Teachers can set conditional releases based on a variety of factors, such as:

~ Group Enrollment

~ Content Visited

~ Quiz Attempted

~ Quiz Completed

~ Score on a Quiz

~ Dropbox Assignment Submitted

~ Discussions Authored

~ Discussion Scores

... and more

Mentees are encouraged to conditionally release a NEWS item next week. Mentors will be providing feedback. See samples below.

Wondering How to Create a Conditional Release?

ConditionalRelease News
ConditionalRelease Dropbox

Mentor Program Leaders

Jane O'Brien

GaVS Teacher Training Specialist and GaVS Mentoring Program Lead

Marge Felz

AP Statistics Instructor & JIT Group Leader

Meet Your Mentors

David Alexander

I have been teaching German and French for 9 years, and this is my second year with GaVS. I have taught every level of both languages. I lived in Germany for about three years going to high school and university there, and I went to a French university for a year as an exchange student. I travel back to Europe at least once a year to visit friends. I have a special attachment to virtual learning because it gives students opportunities to take classes that they might not be able to take at their home schools. It's the ultimate in curricular choice :-)

Joyce Bearden

I have been teaching Latin since 2002 and with GaVS since 2009. I enjoy teaching level 1 students who are often new to learning online. I am also passionate about new teacher training. I graduated from UGA with degrees in Latin and Classics and a minor in Art History. My interests include reading historical fiction books, cooking new recipes, and spending time with family. My teaching philosophy is Docendo discimus- By teaching, we learn.

Doug Curtright

I have been with GAVS since 2007. I am certified in Science and Social Studies. I teach at a middle school face-to-face (Richards in Gwinnett). I have two awesome daughters ages 6 and 7. I went to UGA.

Elizabeth Ford

I graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2001 with a degree in Health and Physical Education. Then I received my Master degree from the University of Alabama in Health Studies in 2004. From there, I went on to obtain my Specialist degree in Curriculum Instruction from Piedmont College. I have been teaching health and physical education for over 12 years. I have been with GAVS for 8 years. My passion lies with online learning. I am happily married and have one daughter named Avery Elizabeth. I enjoy running, photography, and spending time with friends and family.

Kelly Gardner

I have been teaching since 2002, and have been with GaVS since 2007. I am an English/Language Arts Instructor, but I have also been a part of several other areas including: developing courses, reviewing courses, grading credit recovery, and blogging. I am also privileged to be a GaVS Master Teacher. I am married and have three children: Allison - 7, Abigail - 4, and Nathaniel - 7 months. We have two boxers, and in my "spare time," I enjoy exercising, coaching at a CrossFit gym, and baking.

Laura Harris

I have been teaching for 16 years and have been with GaVS since 2006. I currently teach at Millcreek High School in Gwinnett County. I am from North Carolina, but now live in Dacula, Ga. I have a wonderful husband and two very energetic boys! I received my doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2009 and am living my dream life, teaching and spending time with my family.

Alan Hendrick

I have taught math for 6 years. Three of them have been online with GAVS. I am married and have two children, Skyler 14 and Sage 8.

Carrie Madden

I have been teaching high school, college, and bridge-to-college science since 1997 - with a 5 year break to focus on our 3 *busy* children (6 and under). This is my second year at GaVS and my tenth year as a high school teacher. I am proud to be a science nerd! I enjoy the perspective I gain from new students on how they understand/approach science, and the collaboration and inspiration that evolves from assisting new instructors.

Shane Miller

My name is Shane Miller and I've been teaching for the Georgia Virtual School for 8 years. I am a 21 year veteran of the classroom and continue to teach at North Forsyth High School as well. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Secondary Social Sciences from Georgia State University and my Masters degree from Piedmont College. I am also a designated Master Teacher and Mentor for the Georgia Virtual School. I have developed, reviewed, and revised many classes during my time with the GAVS. The Georgia Virtual School has allowed me to reach many more students than I might in just a normal classroom and it is a great platform for all students to learn!

Yolanda Nigrelli

After a career in accounting I went back to school to become a Spanish teacher. I worked in a face-to-face high school for 13 years, also working at Georgia Virtual for 4 of those years. I retired from the classroom in 2010, and have been with Georgia Virtual since. This was the best career move I have ever made. I love teaching online. I am also certified in AP Spanish, and Gifted Education.

Iara Reynolds

I have been teaching math for 13 years, 8 of them with GAVS. I have been married for 11 years and have 4 kids: Mae-8, Reyn-7, Millie-5, and Mac-2.

Marilynn Skinner

I have been teaching for 23 years. I hold dual certifications in Business and Economics and I am certified to teach AP Economics and AP Accounting (once the College Board approves it) I have been with GAVS since 2008. I have been with GAVS since 2008. My husband and I will celebrate our 40th anniversary this November. We have three children and nine grandchildren.

Mentor Mayhem

Be sure to have fun in your classes! Policy and procedures are very important, but so is creating a warm, welcoming, and even entertaining environment. Here are a few mentors cutting loose. Next week will feature a different group! Stay tuned!

This week's featured mentors:

Joyce Bearden

Doug Curtright

Carrie Madden

Laura Harris

Kelly Gardner


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