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Florida Virtual School Announces 2020 School-Related Employee of the Year

Feb 13, 2020

Florida Virtual School (FLVS®), a statewide online public school district, is proud to announce the FLVS representative for the Florida Department of Education’s 2020 School-Related Employee of the Year program is Alicia Slater.

Alicia Slater, a Curriculum Specialist for FLVS, works diligently to enhance the learning opportunities for students in grades Kindergarten-5, through the development of content for the Elementary Specials courses of Computer Science, Art and PE. She thinks outside the box to use appealing topics and methodologies that maintain student interests while they learn the required material.

“Being recognized as Florida Virtual School’s 2020 School-Related Employee of the Year is an amazing honor, and I’m so grateful to be representing Florida Virtual School,” said Slater. “Over the past 11 years, no matter which team I am working with, one thing has always remained constant: students are truly at the center of every decision we make. My team members continuously inspire me to do better, learn more, and think outside of the box. The students I’ve had the privilege of serving have reminded me to meet each one of them where they are and that there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to learning.”

“Alicia Slater continuously rises above expectations, always doing as much as she can to contribute to student success,” said Dr. Louis Algaze, President and CEO for FLVS. “She is dedicated to finding ways to improve student learning by researching and implementing student engagement strategies that provide meaningful and authentic learning experiences for our students.”

The Florida Department of Education School-Related Employee of the Year program recognizes outstanding education support personnel for the significant contributions they make to their schools and districts. To learn more about the program, visit www.fldoe.org.

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Florida Virtual School Announces 2020 Principal of the Year

Feb 13, 2020

Florida Virtual School (FLVS), a statewide online public school district, recently announced the FLVS representative for the Florida Department of Education’s 2020 Principal of the Year program is Jessica Smith. A 15-year veteran of the education industry, Smith is the FLVS Full Time Middle School principal. Through her enthusiasm for education, her outstanding leadership qualities and her commitment to meeting every child’s individual needs, Smith cultivates a culture of success and positivity for her team as well as for FLVS students and parents. 

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Florida Virtual School Announces 2020 Assistant Principal of the Year

Feb 13, 2020

Florida Virtual School (FLVS), a statewide online public school district, recently announced the FLVS representative for the Florida Department of Education’s 2020 Assistant Principal of the Year program is Wilbern Simpson.

Simpson, the assistant principal for FLVS Full Time High School, demonstrates the qualities of teamwork and leadership by pioneering programs, techniques, and strategies that help students overcome obstacles to reach their full learning potential. 

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FLVS Launches New Coding Course for Middle Schoolers

Dec 09, 2019

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15, 2019), Florida Virtual School (FLVS), the online statewide public school district, has opened enrollment for a new career and technical education (CTE) middle school course, Middle/Junior (M/J) Coding Fundamentals.

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National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 20-26, 2019 - FLVS Is Helping Students To Be Safe and Responsible Drivers

Oct 21, 2019

National Teen Driver Safety Week is Oct. 20-26, 2019. With more than 800,000 licensed teen drivers in the state of Florida, Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is encouraging parents to take this opportunity to discuss the importance of driving safety with their teen drivers and to address the most dangerous driving behaviors for teen drivers: alcohol, lack of seat belt use, distracted driving and speeding. Today, more than 46,000 students take the Driver Education/Traffic Safety course annually through Florida Virtual School.

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