ATLANTA -- A Covington woman who teaches with the Georgia Virtual School was a finalist for the 2012 National Online Teacher of the Year.
"Virtual education is critical to the success of so many educational initiatives going on in Georgia and the U.S.," said State School Superintendent John Barge. "Virtual education allows us to offer courses to students throughout the state who otherwise may not ever have access."
Asherrie Yisrael, a science teacher with Georgia Virtual School who lives in Covington, recently was named one of the top three finalists in the nation for the award, which recognizes an outstanding online teacher for exceptional contributions to online K-12 education. Leslie Fetzer at the North Carolina Virtual Public School ended up taking the top spot, beating out nominees from 26 states.
"I'm truly honored to have been nominated for such a great award," Yisrael said. "Online education is fast becoming a permanent part of the future of education. I am very happy to be a part of such a bright future."
Based in Atlanta, the Virtual School serves more than 10,000 students across the state.
The school is a program of the Georgia Department of Education's Office of Technology Services that provides a teacher led, virtual classroom environment. The program is accredited and operates in partnership with schools and parents to offer middle school and high school level courses across the state.
Yisrael has taught Advanced Placement and regular physics, forensic science and physical science to grades nine through 12 at Georgia Virtual School since 2008, when she worked as an adjunct instructor until she began working full time in 2010. She has been a public school science instructor for 13 years, including a time at Alcovy High School in Covington.
"I have had a love for science since I was a child," she said. "I hope to be able to continue to make a difference in the lives of my students and serve as an example for other online instructors across the state of Georgia."