Meet the Virtual I-SS Teachers

Virtual ISS

Alysia Ross

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. 

Michelle Beck

Advanced Functions and Modeling  (AFM) and Math II

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. 

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Alicia Conklin

Math III

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.


Paula Dusharm


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 McAuley

Math I

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.



Michael Mitchell

American History

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!



Cheryl Stiles

8th Grade Math

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. 

Melissa Simmons

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.  

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Catherine Baker

English II

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. 

Timothy Hamby

Forensic Science

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. 


Caroline Hall

English I

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 Johnson


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 Carroll

Personal Finance and Sports Marketing

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.




Kathryn Cogdell

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.

Hannah Lee

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.




Cheryl Styers

Spanish III and IV

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

Forensic Science

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.


Leslie Plyler

French I, II, III, IV, V

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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!



Lezlie Carroll

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!).


Trish Loudermilt

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 Harris

English IV

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.



Leah Baisden

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 Conklin

American History

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.


 James Worthington

Civics and Economics

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 Walters


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.

Melissa Calloway 

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.

Mary Maxon

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.