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W.Va. Online Educator honored by Southern Regional Education Board

March 11, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Anna Megyesi, a Spanish teacher with the West Virginia Virtual School, has been chosen by the Southern Regional Education Board as West Virginia's outstanding High-Quality Online Teacher for 2008-2009.

Megyesi, a veteran teacher in her second year with the state’s virtual school, is one of 11 online teachers in the SREB region to receive the award. She received a certificate of commendation during the West Virginia Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday.

Board President Delores Cook presents Anna Megyesi with a certificate from the SREB and an Apple Award for her work as an online Virtual School teacher.

 

"Great teachers can take required coursework and turn it into a personal experience for children," said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. "Doing so online takes a special educator. Anna’s dedication to students who may not be exposed to foreign languages helps prepare them for success in today’s global environment.”

The West Virginia Virtual School, which has about 2,000 students across the state, nominated Megyesi for the online teacher recognition because of her love of language and her enthusiastic embrace of integrating new and emerging technologies with language instruction. Known for her passion for teaching, Megyesi has worked and studied in Colombia, Spain and Brazil.

"SREB created this first-of-its-kind award to recognize the key role of the online teacher in providing top-quality instruction to students across West Virginia," said Bill Thomas, the director of SREB's Educational Technology Cooperative, which works with SREB states to give students online access to the academic courses they need, regardless of where they live.

SREB has 16 member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

 

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