Certified Teachers Make the Most of Each Student's Experience
Teachers at Insight manage all facets of the instructional experience. In middle school, the teacher assigned to your student establishes the Individualized Learning Plan, monitors progress, provides targeted intervention when needed, answers questions, and monitors attendance.
Unlike a traditional school, our teachers do most of this work remotely rather than in the classroom. In grades 7–8, teachers communicate with both parents and students on a regular basis through various methods such as e-mail, phone, one-to-one online meetings, and live "ClassConnect" sessions.
As your child progresses, the teacher remains involved to monitor progress, ensure mastery, and develop a specific intervention plan if he or she is struggling with a concept. These difficulties are identified by assessments that come at the end of every lesson and unit, by the regular progress testing proscribed at the beginning of the year, and through direct check-ins between parent, student, and teacher.
By high school, more instruction happens through real-time "ClassConnect" online sessions and extra sessions are offered, as needed, one-to-one and in small group online sessions to help students work through difficult topics. High school teachers are all subject-matter experts and are available to help with coursework and answer questions online, over the phone, and by posting information and advice for all students in the "Teacher's Office" threaded discussion board.
Jo Marie Bolick is a math teacher for Insight School of Kansas (ISKS) and Kansas Virtual Academy (KSVA). She began working at ISKS in 2009 shortly after the birth of her first son and has taught a variety of math classes. Prior to ISKS, Jo Marie spent four years teaching 8th grade at Washburn Rural Middle School in Topeka, Kansas. She currently works with high school students and enjoys cultivating interest in mathematics in an online environment. Jo Marie graduated from Washburn University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, specializing in secondary education, and she holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kansas.
Rachel Cunning joined K12 in the spring of 2018. She has taught for four years, and she has worked in educational assessments for five years. She earned both her B.A. in English and her M.S.Ed. in Education from the University of Kansas. She is certified to teach ELA, Latin, and ESL.
Diane Doudna is a HS Math Teacher who joined the K12 team in 2014. She brings more than 40 years using math in the workplace, as a Tool Designer and Production Illustrator, and in education as a Para helping elementary students with math and reading. Diane earned a BA in Education from Wichita State University with endorsements in Mathematics 5 - 8 and 6 - 12 grades.
Ashley Dunham is middle/high school physical education teacher who has been with K12 since 2014. She earned a BA in Secondary Education from Wichita State University and holds certifications in History/Government, English, and Physical Education.
Ashley Fryer teaches Environmental Science at Insight School of Kansas (ISKS). Ashley joined ISKS nine years ago and has taught a variety of science and health courses for grades 6-12. Before that, she taught Biology in a traditional classroom setting for three years. Ashley graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in education. In 2013, she received a Master’s of Science in Teaching with a focus in Environmental Education from Miami University. Ashley also hosts the K12 National Hobby Farming Club and 4-H Club.
Sarah Haar is a high school science teacher and has been with Insight School of Kansas since it opened in 2007. Sarah earned a BS in Secondary Science Education from Oklahoma State University and a MS in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology from Wichita State University. She holds certificates in middle level science, high school general science, earth science, chemistry, space science, and physical science. Prior to teaching, she worked at the National Severe Storms Lab and Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
Lindsey Hill is a high school English teacher at Insight School of Kansas (ISKS) and a K12 Teacher Ambassador. After teaching in a traditional classroom setting for 8 years, Lindsey joined K12 in 2016 and has loved every minute of it! Lindsey graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Union University in 2002. Once she decided to leave the business world and become an educator, she began graduate studies and earned her teacher certification from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2008.
Lora Johnson is a High School teacher who has taught here for 10+ years. She has 17 years of experience teaching after receiving her BS in Mathematics.
Janelda Lane is a high school Special Education teacher who joined the K12 team in 2017. She brings 20 years of experience in education. Janelda earned a BA in Elementary Education from Newman University, and a MA in Special Education from Fort Hays State University.
Jessica Langenwalter is a high school ELA teacher who joined the K12 team in January 2016. She brings experience from the remedial 9th-11th grade classroom. Jessica earned a BA in English and Education from Southwestern College and a MS in Adult Learning & Leadership from Kansas State University. She holds certificates in 6-12 ELA and AP Language & Composition.
Mariah Langenwalter is a High School English teacher and just joined the K12 team in 2018. She has been teaching English for 6 years. She obtained her BA in English/Secondary Education from Southwestern College and holds an English certification for 6-12th grades.
Stephanie Maier is a high school biology and agriscience teacher for the insight school of Kansas for both teens and adults, joining K12 in 2014. Prior to teaching at insight Mrs. Maier taught at the local high school as well as outreach classes in Anatomy and Physiology for the community college. Mrs. Maier grew up in Colorado and received her undergrad from Colorado State University. She then attended Kansas State University and received a Master’s of Science in agriculture. In 2018 she became certified to teach agriscience and taught the first class offered at ISKS.
Shawn McGuire is a high school Social Studies and Language Arts teacher who joined the K12 team in 2008, and Insight School of Kansas in 2015. He brings more than 13 years of experience in education, and over a decade of virtual educational experience. Shawn earned a B.A. in History and a B.S.Ed in Secondary Education from Newman University, and holds Master’s degrees in Educational Administration, Curriculum & Instruction, and Instructional Design and Technology, all from Emporia State University. He holds certification in 6-12 Social Studies, 6-12 Language Arts, 6-8 Science, and Driver Education, and is currently in the process of seeking school administration certification,
Stasi McKibbin is a high school science teacher who began her online teaching career with Insight School of Kansas in the fall of 2009, this is her 14th year in secondary education. Mrs. McKibbin received her BS in Biology from McPherson College, and her MA in Education from Avila University.
Blythe Schaumburg is a high school Business instructor who joined the team in 2017. She brings 12 years experience in Career and Technical Education. Blythe earned a BA in Business Education from University of Central Missouri and a MA in Curriculum & Instruction from University of Missouri.
Kathy Seitz is a high school math teacher who joined the Insight School of Kansas team in 2009. She brings more than 14 years’ experience in high school education and 8 years’ experience in higher education. Kathy earned a BS in Education from Pittsburg State University, and a MEd in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville. She is certified to teach mathematics in grades 7 - 12.
Tammy Sheffield is an 11th grade ELA teacher with ISKS. This is her seventh year as a teacher and her third year with ISKS. Sheffield earned her BS in Education from Kansas State University, and she is currently working toward a Master's in Instructional Technology through Ft. Hays State University.
Cynthia Smith is a high school English and art teacher who has been teaching for K12 since 2009. She transferred to ISKS last year after teaching in Wyoming for 8 years. Ms. Smith holds a B.A. in English and Visual Communications from Brigham Young University and has completed graduate work in education and counseling at numerous universities. During her time with WYVA, Ms. Smith served as an instructional facilitator, and she is passionate about finding the best ways to engage and teach learners in an online platform. This year, Ms. Smith will teach informal art classes to students in grades K-8, and she looks forward to this experience.
Kristopher Swearingen is a Middle School English teacher who began his tenure with K12 back in 2016. He graduated from Emporia State University in 2010 with a BSE in Secondary Ed with an emphasis in Language Arts. After graduation, Mr. Swearingen worked as a substitute teacher for the Shawnee Mission School District before taking a job as a para at De Soto High school for 4 years, during which time he also served as a long-term substitute and acting Special Education Teacher. Since being with K12, Mr. Swearingen has taught 6th/7th/8th Grade ELA, Grammar and Composition, and Gothic Literature with the passion and creativity of Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds.
Lauren Weber is a high school world history teacher at Insight School of Kansas (ISKS). She has been with ISKS since 2009. Mrs. Weber graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2006. In 2008 she received her graduate teacher certification in secondary education-social studies, and she is currently working on her master's in administration-building leadership.
Rachelle Wertenberger is a computer/technology teacher who joined the K12 team in 2009. Rachelle earned her bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Education from Tabor College and her master’s in curriculum and instruction from Wichita State University. Prior to K12, Mrs. Wertenberger taught at USD 490 in El Dorado, KS for four years followed by one year at Butler Community College as an instructional technology specialist.