FCPS Virtual Learning Academy

September 3, 2021

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Enjoy the upcoming 3 day weekend!

We have had a great start to the school year! The teachers have enjoyed getting to know their students and spending time with them in their Zoom classes. All teachers are required to take attendance during Zoom classes, so please remind your students to login and let the teachers know they are there.

There will be no school on Monday, September 6th in observance of Labor Day! Students are welcome to work on assignments in Canvas but live Zoom classes will not occur. Hopefully, families will have a moment to enjoy each other's company!

The end of the first grading period will be October 13th. Please touch base with your student(s) to ensure they are on track to complete their assignments prior to that date. I would encourage all families to download the Parent Infinite Campus app as well as the Canvas Parent app. A quick check of these apps once a week will give you a good idea as to if your student(s) is on track to finish the grading period strong.

Have a great weekend!

VLA Picture Day!

I hope everyone has had a great start to the school year. We are excited to announce that VLA will have a yearbook this school year designed by our high school students! Holifield will be here to take pictures of our elementary students September 7th - 9th and our 6th - 11th grade students on September 30th. Seniors will make appointments directly with Holifield for their pictures.
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K-5 Material Pick Up

K-5 grade teachers and staff will be at the VLA Headquarters from 3:00 - 6:30 on September 7th, 8th and 9th for families to stop by and pick up the printed materials. Bring your child dressed for pictures as Holifield will be here during those same times to take pictures for the yearbook.
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LaShanda Bradley - Elementary Paraeducator

Mrs. Bradley graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Music Education and Georgetown College with a Masters in Teacher Leadership with an endorsement as a Literary Specialist. She has 2 sweet little girls named Isabella and Elizabeth. This will be her 11th year in education and her first year at the VLA!

Kiauna Coleman - 1st Grade

Ms. Coleman is a Lexington native and is in her ninth year of teaching in Fayette County. She has taught kindergarten, first grade, and third grade. She has degrees in Elementary Education, Instructional Leadership, and an endorsement in Literacy Specialist P-12 from Eastern Kentucky University. Ms. Coleman recently completed her second Master's program at the University of the Cumberlands receiving a degree in Principal certification as an Educational Specialist. Ms. Coleman loves to sing, dance, nap, and craft. She looks forward to every student and family she gets to work with!

Alison Hadady - 2nd Grade

Ms. Hadady graduated from Asbury University with a degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Learning and Behavior Disorders. She has a sweet little one who is 3.5 years old and a silly cat named Luna. This will be her first year teaching and my second year at the VLA!

Eryn McNamara - 3rd Grade

Ms. Mac is a Lexington, KY native and attend the University of Kentucky, where she graduated with her Bachelors in Elementary Education. She is also currently working on her master degree at Vanderbilt University for Education Policy & School Reform. This will be her 4th year of teaching. She loves her sweet rescue pup named Ruth, yoga, hiking, & reading! Ms. Mac is so glad so excited to be working with the 3rd graders at VLA this year and can’t wait to see what all this year has in store!

Kendall Whitfield - 3rd Grade

Ms. Whitfield is so excited to be a member of the VLA team! Prior to teaching third grade here, she taught lower primary for eight years in Florida. She also taught for an online tutoring company for a year. She has a masters degree in Elementary Education from West Virginia University. She loves to read, and math is her all-time favorite subject. Ms. Whitfield loves the problem-solving and discussions that math can promote. On a personal level, she is married with two kids and two dogs, and enjoys the great outdoors. Ms. Whitfield will do her best to make sure all of my students know that they are a valued member of our community. This is going to be the best year ever!

Allison Perry - Elementary Resource

Mrs. Perry is thrilled to be teaching with VLA this year. She loves spending time with family, watching her three boys play basketball and traveling. Her favorite thing about teaching is seeing how confident her students become as they learn and make progress throughout the year!

Nicole Brown - MS Science

Ms. Brown is beginning her 9th year teaching middle school science. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Middle School Math and Science Education. She is am a mom, Disney fan, and sports fan!

Chase Noffsinger - MS Social Studies

Mr. Noffsinger is so excited to be teaching social studies at VLA this year! Mr. Noffsinger is originally from Hopkinsville, Kentucky. In 2010 he moved to Lexington and majored in History & Geography at the University of Kentucky. After he graduated from UK he attended Austin Peay University and earned a Masters Degree in 5-12 Social Studies Education. He then taught for four years in Nashville, Tennessee at different High schools and Middle schools. Over time he decided to return to the bluegrass area due to the region's history and beauty.When he is not teaching history, he loves to read books, take walks, and travel to historic downtowns.

Maggie Brewer - HS Social Studies

Ms. Brewer lives in Frankfort. She is originally from Worthington, Ohio and moved to Kentucky to attend Transylvania University where she played field hockey and learned how to teach social studies. Ms. Brewer has a Master's Degree from Eastern Kentucky and is a National Board Certified Teacher. She is currently a student at UK because she loves learning new things. She likes to work with the KYYMCA and the Kentucky Writing Project. In her spare time, Ms. Brewer likes to read, watch movies, walk her dogs, kayak, and do yoga.

Dorian Hairston - HS English

Mr. Hairston is a poet, educator, and former college athlete from Lexington, KY. He loves challenging students to think creatively and critically. Most of all, Mr. Hairston enjoys sharing in those moments where students discover the right questions and begin to search for themselves what the answers are.

Leeann Kersey - HS Math

Ms. Kersey is originally from Barbourville, Kentucky. She has lived and taught in Lexington for the past two years. She is married with two grown children and two sweet fur babies. Her hobbies include reading, playing with her puppies, spending time with family and traveling. Ms. Kersey is starting her 29th year teaching mathematics. This year she will be teaching Geometry, Personal Finance, Probability and Statistics, and AP Calculus. She is excited to meet her students and make this a great school year!

Adan Henriquez - MS/HS Spanish

Mr. Henriquez was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. He has been teaching for twenty five years and has taught in El Salvador and in the United States. In El Salvador, he taught English for six years in a private school, and the rest of his teaching experience has been teaching Spanish. He taught for a year in a High School in North Carolina, sixteen years for the Spanish Immersion Program at Bryan Station Middle and two years at Locust Trace Agriscience Center. He has also been teaching Spanish as a part time instructor for the Barren Academy of Virtual and Expanded Learning for seven years. Mr. henriquez has been married for seventeen years and has a daughter. He loves traveling and learning about cultures.

Kevin Lawson - K-12 PE/Health

Mr. Lawson is starting his 22nd year in education. He has taught Health and PE, and coached both girls and boys golf. He lives in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky with his wife, Holly and their 13 year old daughter, Darcy. They are expecting another daughter, Maddie Grace, in November. Mr. Lawson is an avid golfer and big sports fan, especially Kentucky football. He is looking forward to his new journey with VLA.

Shonda James - HS Resource

Ms. James is a Special Education Teacher, for the high school students. This is her first year working with the Virtual Learning Academy. Her goal is to help foster the classroom environment, and help build positive relationships with students as well as help them be successful. Ms. James love working with students as an advocate and supporter.

Mark Cook - MS/HS Counselor

Mark Cook is a counselor at VLA. This is his 11th year as a counselor and 16th year in education. He is a husband and a father of 2 college aged children. He enjoys spending as much time at the beach as he can, he loves going to the movies, and he enjoys Christmas year round.

Michelle Baute - Speech Language Pathologist

Ms. Baute is the Speech Language Pathologist for VLA. A Lexington native, she is a graduate of Bryan Station High School, the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University. This is her 26th year working as an SLP. She is married with two children (19 and 21) and a Westie dog name Rosie, who likes to bark a lot. She loves reading, puttering around in her yard, hiking, listening to 70s and 80s music and all things Star Wars.

Randy Barrette - ELL

Mr. Barrette is happy to begin his second year as an English Language Learner Instructor and advocate for students and their families. He is especially excited to be working for the VLA in this new role. He is a National Board Certified Teacher for World Languages. He received his bachelor's from Michigan State University, master's from Ohio University, and initial teacher endorsement from Notre Dame University of Maryland. This begins his 25th year of teaching (former Spanish and World Cultures teacher ), the 4th with Fayette County. He has traveled and lived abroad, including significant experience with Afghanistan, Cambodia, Ecuador, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Thailand, and Uruguay. He lives in Morehead with his wife, 8 cats and 1 dog. Mr. Barrette is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He loves all things nature, especially hiking, being near wildlife and the rivers and lakes.

Jamie Chenault - Technology Resource Teacher

Mrs. Chenault lives in Hardin County with her husband and four kids. She graduated from Western with a degree in Elementary Education. Then, pursued an administration degree with the University of the Cumberlands. She is a National Board Certified teacher in the area of literacy. This will be her 17th year in education. She has taught k-12 in the area of technology. When not traveling to watch her kiddos play soccer, she loves to exercise and draw. She is thrilled to be able to introduce our students and teachers to a vast array of technology tools.

Jennifer Souers - Gifted and Talented

Ms. Souers is VLA's GT Resource Specialist. She oversees the Primary Talent Pool (K-3) and Gifted & Talented (4-12) programs for VLA. She and her husband have two grown children, Samuel and Sarah. They have a dog named Ginger and recently have moved to the country. Ms. Souers enjoy gardening, hiking, learning to watercolor, baking and spending time with family and friends. She looks forward to meeting and working with your child(ren) this year at The Virtual Learning Academy.

Carla Morton - School Account Specialist

Ms. Morton is the VLA School Account Specialist. She is a 1977 Bryan Station High Graduate who married her high school sweetheart. She has one Daughter, one Son, and one high school senior Grandson.

2021-2022 School Calendar

The FCPS Virtual Learning Academy follows the same calendar as the other FCPS schools. You can access the school calendar here: https://www.fcps.net/cms/lib/KY01807169/Centricity/Domain/4/2122_calendar.pdf to see when school is in sessions, when upcoming breaks are scheduled, etc.