This week, K12 celebrated National Teacher Appreciation Week with families across the nation, thanking the thousands of teachers that are educating students in K12 online and blended schools.
We shared with you some amazing profiles from just a few of the more than 5,000 online teachers in K12’s network of educators, including:
Through partnerships with schools and districts, K12 has created thousands of new jobs and opportunities for teachers across the U.S. Today, more than 5,000 teachers are working in K12-partner schools – the largest network of K-12 online school teachers in the U.S. K12 teachers are a diverse group of certified, skilled and trained professionals, including general education teachers, special education teachers, lead teachers, subject-matter experts, world-language teachers, advisors, and counselors.
Additionally this week, numerous K12 online school teachers received honors and awards for their service to students. Christian Kraus, a literature teacher at Georgia Cyber Academy , won the 2014 American Pioneer of Teaching Award from PublicSchoolOptions.org, a parent-led education advocacy organization. Several other teachers from K12-managed schools were honored as national runners-up, including Texas Virtual Academy's Priscilla Metting, Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy's Heather McFarland, and Hoosier Academies' Alissa Smith. Other finalists from K12-managed schools included Mary Bellison with Utah Virtual Academy, Elizabeth Clark with Virginia Virtual Academy, and Tiffany Simmons with Colorado Preparatory Academy.
We also heard from K12 Chairman and CEO, Nate Davis, on how each and every day teachers at K12 and partner schools are making a difference for thousands of children across the country by giving them a chance at a quality education. Read his full blog on Teacher Appreciation Week, here.
"Just like so many successful leaders, entrepreneurs, humanitarians, world-class doctors and scientists, we are who we are because of the impact of many fantastic teachers during our childhood and young adult lives," said Nate Davis , Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of K12 Inc. "K12 is a company of educators and our teachers are the cornerstone of all that we do. We honor our teachers for their service and commitment, and we thank them for making a difference for thousands of children across this country."