Ohio Online Teacher Receives National Award for First Virtual Student Teaching Experience


COLUMBUS, OHIO (February 26, 2013) – Virtual Community School of Ohio (VCS Ohio) teacher Gabriela Linik recently received the “Distinguished Clinician in Teacher Education” award from the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). Linik was honored at the ATE Awards Dinner in Atlanta, GA last Monday.

This past school year, VCS Ohio partnered with Miami University for a virtual student teaching experience, a first for both schools. Linik, the Spanish teacher for VCS Ohio, hosted a Miami University student teacher. The student struggled with a visual impairment that made it difficult to manage a traditional classroom. Miami felt that an online school would provide the perfect adaptive technology to complete the student teaching experience. For her excellent mentoring efforts throughout the student teaching experience, Linik was honored with this prestigious award.

Linik also received the “Cooperating Teacher of the Year” award from the Ohio Association of Teacher Educators, this past spring. Linik was the first teacher from a virtual school to receive either of these awards.

VCS Ohio plans to continue partnering with universities to train future online teachers. They are currently working with Ohio University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University, providing virtual field experiences and virtual student teaching experiences to their education students.

Virtual Community School of Ohio offers students in grades K-12 a high-quality, accredited, online education from the comfort and safety of their home. The mission of VCS Ohio is to make a difference in the life of a student.

Contact: Jill Workman, (614) 501-9473, extension 2045 or jill.workman@vcslearn.org.