State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Flanagan, Melanie Laber and MVU President Jamey Fitzpatrick
Online instructor Melanie Laber excels in the virtual classroom
LANSING - Melanie Laber
teaches trigonometry, geometry and pre-algebra to students in Detroit, Paw Paw, Traverse City and Houghton.
was recently named Michigan's Online Teacher of the Year.
Laber is an online instructor for Michigan Virtual School; she teaches in a virtual classroom for schools all across Michigan.
The course content and instruction all happens over the Internet, with students logging in to follow lessons and complete assignments, and Laber
interacting with students through e-mail and discussion rooms.
In addition to her
online teaching responsibilities, Melanie
has also developed online mathematics professional development courses for Michigan educators and helped to author many MVS math classes.
excels in the virtual classroom.
That is why she
was chosen as the second Online Teacher of the Year by Michigan Virtual School
, a division of Michigan Virtual University® (MVU®).
Michigan Virtual School
has trained nearly 450 online instructors like Laber since it was launched nine years ago.
is all of these things and more, and she
represents the very best in what is a new and growing field.
As educators we must embrace this change to meet the needs of our learners," Laber
"Students are able to store and retrieve information quickly which means that we must nurture students' critical thinking and collaboration skills so that they are able to make sense of the amount of available information.
The online setting breaks down barriers that exist in the face-to-face classroom.
It provides the opportunity for students to take any class imaginable and succeed because of the plethora of available resources."
Like most of the contracted Michigan Virtual School
teaches in the face-to-face environment as well as online.
In addition to teaching for MVS on a part-time basis, she teaches math classes at Hartland Middle School in the Hartland Consolidated School District in Livingston County.
"By embracing new educational technology, Melanie
is changing the way math is taught in our schools and helping Michigan produce the skilled, educated workforce needed to compete in today's global economy, said Governor Jennifer Granholm.
was one of five finalists for the Online Teacher of the Year Award.
and the other four finalists were honored during an awards banquet in at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing December 1.
The dinner was attended by educational leaders from around the state, and sponsored by AT&T, Microsoft and netTrekker, a leading educational search tool.