Meet the Virtual I-SS Teachers

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. 

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
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!



Lezlie Carroll

Earth and Environmental Science
Lezlie Carroll has a B.K. and B. Ed from the University of Saskatchewan. She also has a M.S. from Lenoir-Rhyne University. Lezlie has been teaching for 17 years in both Canada and North Carolina and is a National Board Certified Teacher since 2009. She has been an online teacher and course developer since 2011. Lezlie is currently teaching Chemistry and AP Chemistry at Lake Norman High School and teaching Earth & Environmental Science online for Virtual ISS.


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.