Meet the Virtual I-SS Teachers
Spanish I and II
Alysia has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Earlham College as well as a Master of Arts in Spanish and a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville. She taught face-to-face and online Spanish at the post-secondary level at the University of Louisville and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for a total of 7 years. She has been teaching Spanish at South Iredell High School since 2017. She began teaching for Virtual-ISS in the summer of 2019.
Math II and Math IV
Michelle graduated in from NIHS in 2007. She was a NC Teaching Fellow and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from UNC-Greensboro. She also has her Master of Arts in Instructional Technology from Appalachian State University. She has taught for Iredell-Statesville schools since 2011 and spent 7 years at CCTL Early College. She now teaches online for NCVPS and Virtual Iredell-Statesville Schools. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have four children.
Alicia has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Mathematics Instruction from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
She has taught high school mathematics for the last 14 years. She currently works as a High School Instructional Math Coach in Iredell County. Alicia has provided insight to the Iredell County High School Math Curriculum Guides and worked in collaboration with the state to develop instructional frameworks and resources for various high school math courses and has been a presenter at NCCTM. She is married to Benjamin Conklin (a Social Studies teacher at WIHS and fellow VISS Instructor) and they have 2 children.
As a Biology major and a Certified Medical Technologist( ASPC), I have extensive experience in the medical field concentrating on the specialties of Chemical, Urinary and Hematological analysis of blood and how it correlates to disease. I have crossmatched blood in a Blood Bank and worked in the Microbiology department of a local hospital for many years. My teaching experience includes teaching Science at Lakeshore Middle School. I also have taught Biology as well as Anatomy and Physiology at Lake Norman High School. I spend my spare time traveling to the mountains with my two aussiedoodles to camp hike, kayak, bike and explore nature.
Sandra has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Winston-Salem State University.
She has been teaching Mathematics for the last 20 years. She currently teaches Honors Math 1, Honors Advanced Functions & Modeling, and Honors Pre-Calculus. She has taught all levels of high school mathematics as well as 7th and 8th grade mathematics. She has provided insight to the county curriculum guide for the Math 1, 2, 3, AFM and Precalculus. She also is responsible for designing and writing the county 7th grade online math course.
My name is Michael Mitchell. I grew up in North Carolina and have been teaching for over 12 years after graduating from NC State University. My specialties are American History 1, 2, and AP US History. I have a serious love of the subject, and a serious desire to help students understand, if not also grow to love, the subject of American History. Outside of school, I try to live a healthy, active, and adventurous lifestyle. I exercise regularly, maintain a close relationship with my family and friends' families, and vacation regularly to the most beautiful locations in this country. I've backpacked over 1,500 miles since graduating college, summited seven states' tallest peaks, and (at current count) have visited 31 national parks. I look forward to meeting and teaching my online students!
8th Grade Math and 7th Grade ELA
Cheryl has a Bachelor of Arts in Middle School Education and Mathematics from Lenoir Rhyne University. She spent 25 years teaching middle school math, with 24 of those years being at Troutman Middle School. She retired from TMS in January of 2017 and returned in 2018 to V-ISS teaching online 8th grade math. This past summer she received her certification in Middle Grades ELA and is designing and writing the county 7th grade online ELA course.
Health and PE
Melissa has a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science and Masters of Public Health (Nutrition) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught high school science for the last 12 years. She currently works as a biology and chemistry teacher at Crossroads Arts & Science Early College High School and the teacher for online health and physical education for all of Iredell-Statesville Schools. She is married and has one daughter. She also has a dog and several chickens. She lives in downtown Statesville.
Catherine Baker earned her undergraduate degree in Communications concentrating in journalism from Appalachian State and a Master of Arts in Teaching (Secondary Education English) from UNC-Charlotte. She has been with Iredell Statesville Schools since 2010 teaching all levels of high school English. She is entering her 7th year teaching face to face, but she is also going into her third year teaching virtually. Catherine has served as a Curriculum Development Leader for eleventh grade for ISS, and she has written the English I and English II curriculum for VISS. She plan to always continue her education while also caring for her husband, two children, and two pugs.
I have a Bachelor's of Science in Biology from Gardner-Webb University. I have been teaching science for 6 years with Iredell-Statesville Schools at Statesville High school. I am a soccer coach for Statesville High, an AP Biology certified instructor, and teach Biology and Forensic Sciences. I am a recent Grant winner for the Energy United Bright Ideas Grant, Gizmo Grant, and NSHSS online grant.
Carrie graduated from the University of South Carolina and is a nationally certified journalism educator (CJE). She is passionate about writing, literature, and learning. She has been teaching English and journalism for the past ten years. She currently teaches 10th grade English and Journalism at Lake Norman High School.
Pamela has an A.S. degree from Mitchell Community College, B.S. and B.A. degrees in Biology and Chemistry, respectively, from UNC Charlotte, and an M.A. degree in Curriculum from Appalachian State University. She taught high school science for 14 years. During this time, she obtained National Board Certification in Biology. For the last three years, she has been an instructional facilitator/science content coach for Iredell-Statesville Schools. She is a current North Carolina Science Leadership Association Fellow. She designed and teaches an online Chemistry course for I-SS.
Chris teaches Personal Finance and Sports & Entertainment Marketing I & II at Lake Norman High School. He has been at Lake Norman since 2007 and at Olympic High School and Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology for the previous six years. Prior to teaching Chris worked in professional sports for the Columbus Clippers, Charlotte Knights, and Carolina Panthers. He still works part-time for the Panthers in event operations and he works for the Wells Fargo Championship each May. Chris graduated from Western Carolina University with a B.A. and Ohio State University with a M.A. Chris likes to travel, attend sporting events and go to the beach with his wife Lezlie, who is also a Virtual Online Teacher.
Business Law and Accounting
Kathryn has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Education and a Minor in Marketing from Appalachian State University. Kathryn began her teaching career in 2012 at North Gaston High School. After moving to Mooresville in 2013 she began teaching at Lake Norman High school and has enjoyed growing the accounting program ever since.
Latin I and II
Hannah Lee has taught Latin I, II, III, and IV at North Iredell High School for 14 years. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a double major in Latin Language and Greek Civilization as well as a double minor in Biology and History. Latin has been her passion for over 25 years. Her interest in Latin has led her to travel to Italy and Greece. She considers Pompeii to be the most intriguing city she has visited. When she is not working on Latin, she reads and spends time with her husband and four children.
Spanish III, IV, V
Cheryl grew up in Iredell County. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Speech and Theatre and a concentration in Spanish. She is a Nationally Board Certified teacher and has been teaching Spanish for 26 years at North Iredell High School. Cheryl lives on a farm with her three children and many animals.
Charles M Francisco
Charles is the science department chair at Statesville High School where he has taught a variety of science classes over the years including Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, Earth Science, Physical Science, Forensic Science, along with Advanced Functions and Modeling in the math department. Charles's favorite courses are Physics and AP Physics which he has been teaching for over 30 years. In a close second place is Forensic Science due to how all the other science courses come into play in the Forensic Science class.
French I, II, III, IV, V
Qui est Madame Plyler?
I have been teaching French in Iredell-Statesville Schools since 1990! I have been at Statesville High School since 2000. Before Statesville High School, I taught at North Iredell High School. I am a proud graduate of the University of Georgia where I received a B.S. Ed in Foreign Language and Louisiana State University with a Master's in Foreign Language Education. I received my ESL certification from NC State. I am very excited to be teaching in the Virtual ISS!
Earth and Environmental Science
Lezlie Carroll teaches science for Iredell-Statesville Schools. She attended the University of Saskatchewan for her undergraduate degrees, Lenoir-Rhyne for her Masters on Online Teaching and Instructional Design, and Illinois State for her Masters of Chemistry Education. She enjoys reading, travelling, walking, exploring, and hot, sunny weather at the beach and on the lake! Her husband, Chris, is also a teacher, and they have a dog named Gretzky (after the greatest hockey player ever!).
Physical Science, Earth and Environmental Science, and Biology
Mrs. Trish Loudermilt graduated from West Iredell High School and Mitchell Community College. She earned a B.S. from Gardner-Webb University, and a M.A. from UNC Charlotte. She held National Board of Professional Teaching Standards status from 2003-2013. Mrs. Loudermilt taught grades 3-11 for 30 years, all in Iredell County. She spent one year on a Fulbright teaching exchange to England and four years as an Instructional Technology Specialist for the ISS district.Mrs. Loudermilt retired from full-time face-to-face teaching in Jan. 2014. She continues to sub in the ISS district and work with the ISS Virtual Learning team. She has been an online teacher and course developer since 2008.
Stephanie has been teaching at Lake Norman High School for five years and she has began teaching with Virtual Iredell Statesville Schools in the program's inaugural year. This is her second year as an online educator. She has also worked for several additional years at other schools.
Stephanie is an alumnus of Winthrop University and completed her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English there. Stephanie has a wealth of life experiences to share with students including traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, teaching photography to students in Haiti after the earthquake, and flying in a hot air balloon competition.
English III and OCS
Leah has been teaching English Language Arts for 16 years. The first six years were spent in Daytona Beach, FL teaching ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade. Troutman Middle School become her home in 2007 where she taught 8th-grade Inclusion, General Education, and Advanced Language Arts classes for two years. She then joined the Viking Staff at South Iredell High School where she currently teachs English III, English I, and Journalism. Leah has spent most of her career teaching AP Language and Composition. This is Leah's 4th year teaching in a virtual setting. She works for NCVPS as well as Virtual I-SS.
Leah earned her Bachelor's Degree in English/Language Arts 5-12 from Concord University in Athens, WV, and then earned a Master's Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in the BrainSMART program focused on new brain-based teaching methodology.
Ben has been teaching since 2004. He is originally from Long Island, NY and moved to North Carolina after graduating from SUNY Cortland. He teaches social studies, a subject about which he is passionate, at West Iredell High School since 2004. Ben's courses provide students with the opportunity to help students think critically and cultivate historical context for everyday living.
Civics and Economics and Civics Literacy
James has been teaching for 23 years. He taught in California until 2014 when he moved to North Carolina and began teaching Social Studies at Lake Norman High School. He began teaching with Virtual Iredell Statesville Schools in the program's inaugural year.
Ben has been teaching for 10 years. Six of those years have been spent teaching AP Psychology and Psychology. The past two years Ben has scored AP Psychology exams for the College Board which has provided him with insight on the College Board expectations for students on the AP Psychology Exam.
6th Grade Math
Melissa has a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Marshall University and a Masters in Middle Grades Education from Gardner Webb University. She has been teaching for 17 years in Iredell County during which time she gained certification as an Academically Gifted teacher and was awarded National Board Certification.
6th Grade English, 7th Grade Math
Mary has a Bachelor of Science in Instruction from Drexel University as well as a MBA from Rutgers University. She has been teaching middle school mathematics and language arts for the last 15 years. She currently works as a 7th grade advanced math instructor in Iredell County. She has provided insight to the county curriculum guide for the 7th grade program, along with designing and writing the county 7th grade online math course.
8th Grade English
Hello Students! My name is Mrs. Natosha Newton. I am a resident of Mooresville. I graduated from Iredell-Statesville Schools and have been a teacher for the district for 10 years. This is my 11th year teaching but my first year teaching on-line. I am married and have two children who are often the subjects of my stories in the classroom. They are 3 and 4 years old, so there is always something funny happening in my daily life. I have an undergraduate teaching degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University and a Graduate Degree in Secondary Education from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I am licensed to teach K-9th grade English-Language Arts and have taught in both primary and secondary classrooms. I am excited to spend the year with students virtually. I anticipate that we will find ways to collaborate, connect, and gain a deeper understanding of English-Language Arts in 8th grade. I love being a teacher and my students always compliment the work that I love doing. I can't wait to spend the year with you!
6th Grade Science
Hello! My name is Carabet Bolhouse. I have been teaching for eleven years and love every minute of it. I received my Bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University and my Master's from UNC Charlotte. I hold a teaching license in grades 6-12 with a concentration in Science. I have taught sixth grade, Earth Science, Biology, Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science, AP Biology, and AP Seminar. When I am not in the classroom you can find me spending time with my family and friends. My son (pictured) and I enjoy going to local race tracks and watching NASCAR races on TV. I also love to travel, read, and eat! I believe that laughter and knowledge are valuable tools, therefore I try to learn something new every day and laugh as often as I can. I look forward to meeting you and exploring science!
7th Grade Science
My name is Carla Fassbender. I am originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin (Go Packers!) but have lived in Iredell County since 2004 when I moved to North Carolina to teach high school Spanish. I earned my undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. One degree wasn't enough, so I continued my education, earning a master's degree in educational leadership and a juris doctorate before returning to the classroom to teach middle school math and science. Science has been a lifelong passion of mine, and my favorite topic is genetics, though I really enjoy all aspects of life sciences. When I am not teaching or doing legal work, I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, cooking, and travelling. I really look forward to teaching all my online students this year!
Computer Science Middle School
My name is Carolyn Campbell and I am very excited to be teaching Design/Computer Science Discoveries I & II with V-ISS this year! I am a native of Iredell County and I graduated from North Iredell High School. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Ag-Business Management, from N. C. State University. I completed my Lateral Entry Certification from N. C. State, in Business Education. Last summer, I completed my Catagory 2 IB Design training. Four years ago, I completed the Computer Science Discoveries Workshop and have been Piloting a program through Code.org.
In my personal time, I love to read, visit the beach, and hike for waterfalls with my husband and two teenage sons. I am looking forward to working with each of you this year. This class is challenging, relevant, and engaging. In Design/Computer Science Discoveries classes we get into the details of how to create some awesome projects/products. You will be introduced to new coding languages and have an understanding of the Design Cycle.
7th Grade Social Studies
My name is Regina Yount, and I’m thrilled to be working with middle school students from across our county. My passion for history, world cultures, and travel was sparked while I was still in high school. I continue to take national and international trips whenever possible, and I avidly follow several sources of world news. As an ISS teacher of both ELA and SS for the last 15 years, I look forward to continuing to share my enthusiasm and experiences with my students in the virtual 7th grade World Studies II class.
My name is Tom Schwartz. I grew up in New Jersey but have lived in North Carolina since graduating from UNC Charlotte. This is my 17th year of teaching High School Business and Finance courses after spending 20 years in the Accounting and Corporate Finance industries. I have been married for 36 years and have five grown children and 7 grandkids. I enjoy golf, lake activities, spending time with my family and I am a big Carolinas Panthers fan. I Trust in the Lord with all my heart. I look forward to having you as a student in my online courses!
6th Grade Social Studies
Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Political Science and a Masters of Arts in Teaching both from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Currently, she teaches at Lake Norman High School teaching a variety of history courses including, American I, American II, and AP US History. Outside of school, Sarah enjoys painting, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Visual Art Middle School
Hello! My name is Cortney Frasier and I have taught with Iredell-Statesville Schools since 2008. I am a lifelong educator, having worked with pre-K through adult students in both public and private schools. Although art is my passion, I am certified in not only art education but also in general and exceptional education. Currently I teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade visual art at Mount Mourne (soon to be Brawley) Middle School.
I have a Master of Fine Art in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), along with a BS in Psychology from Penn State and a Master Degree in Education from Western Carolina University. In addition to my time in the traditional classroom, I work with the Charlotte Mint Museum’s Learning and Engagement Department, have taught high school summer seminars at SCAD, have been an Iredell Statesville Schools Homebound instructor, and currently instruct online as an adjunct professor at Davidson County Community College. Recently, I was chosen as a 2018 Charlotte ArtPop artist (you may have seen my work on a billboard as you have driven on 77!) and received the Cato Excellence in Teaching Award from the Charlotte Arts and Science Council in 2019. In 2020, I was chosen as Mount Mourne School's Teacher of the Year.
I love art - making it, reading about it, seeing it, teaching it - art is my life. I believe the arts are an integral and essential part of learning and experiencing life to the fullest. I cannot wait to explore art with you! You will absolutely love this course and discover things about art and yourself that will surprise and excite you. Welcome!
I have a Bachelor of Science and a Master's degree in Mathematics from Appalachian State University and I am a National Board Certified teacher. I have been teaching mathematics for over 30 years with all but three of those years being in Iredell County. I believe teaching and learning is a life-long opportunity and want to instill in all students the appreciation for the beauty and connectedness of mathematics. Making sense of problems, persevering to solve them, attending to precision, and using math structures are goals that benefit daily living... not just the math classroom. I like to spend time outside golfing, gardening, star-gazing, hiking, and traveling. I am privileged to be the mother of two awesome children, one teacher and one U.S. Navy sailor.
Health and PE Middle School
I started my teaching career 21 years ago in Iredell County Schools. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from Appalachian State in 1998. Ten years later, I received my Masters in School Administration from Appalachian. I also have my National Board Certification in Health Education. In 2010, I was honored as the NC Health Educator of the Year. Starting in 2016, I have been the Lead Health Educator for Iredell-Statesville schools. Why is this important to you? Because it shows how much I love health and teaching young minds! I am so excited for this year. We are going to work together to set goals and learn how to make healthy decisions to reduce the risk of disease. Outside of school, I am a busy mom of a high school senior. My passion is traveling especially to Europe. Last count, I have visited over 23 countries. I look forward to meeting and teaching my online students!
8th Grade Science
My name is Alan Lorne Cook and I go by my middle name Lorne. I grew up in North Carolina,
between Troutman and Statesville, and this year will be my 5 th year of teaching. I graduated
from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health and
practiced as an Environmental Health Specialist in Iredell County for 16 years. With love for the
Environment, I realized teaching others about Environmental Science was my passion. I
followed up my education by completing the teaching requirements online through East
Carolina University in the summer of 2016 and have been teaching students at Statesville High
School ever since. I love spending time with my family which includes my wife Sonya, my 21-
year-old step-daughter Emalee, my 18-year-old step-son Nathan, and our 7-year-old son
Jackson. In my spare time you can find me in the outdoors fishing in between the New River
and the Outer Banks, at my Muscadine Vineyard, or performing Environmental Consulting with
a local Soil Science company. With my “Real Life” knowledge of Science and continued hands on
experiences, I look forward to meeting and teaching my online students!
Social Studies 8th Grade
My name is John Hieb. I grew up on Long Island and graduated with a Bachelor's from SUNY Albany and a Master's in Education from Dowling College. Shortly after completing my graduate degree my wife and I relocated to Mooresville where I worked at Mount Mourne as an eighth grade social studies teacher from 2013 to 2018. In 2018, I took on the role of Social Studies Content Coach for Iredell-Statesville and really enjoy working with teachers across the district, but definitely miss the close interactions with students. I am so excited to be a member of VISS, where I can get back "in the classroom" working with students of my own and pursuing my passion of teaching American history. Outside of school, I officiate high school and college soccer and enjoy spending time with my friends and family.
AP US History
I am Dan Roseman. I was born and raised in Iredell County, graduated from West High, and then earned a BA in History From NC State University in 2005. I have taught in Iredell-Statesville Schools for 12 years, including AP US History for 5. I have also served as a reader for the AP Exam for the last 3 years. While teaching in the traditional classroom, I have taught a variety of subjects online with NCVirtual since 2015. Beyond the classroom I spend most of my time with my wife and 3 children. I love road cycling and I am currently pursuing a Masters Degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Teaching is one of the most fun jobs imaginable and I love working with all of my students.
Spanish Middle School Level 1 and Level 2
My name is Katie Morris and I am starting my 14th year teaching Spanish! I currently teach Spanish 2 and 4 at Lake Norman High School. I graduated from Gardner-Webb University. I have studied abroad in Costa Rica, and travelled to Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, and Bahrain. I enjoy travelling, cooking, and learning about other cultures. I am very excited to get the school year started!