In school, especially in online settings, it can be challenging to connect with teachers as people. We’d like to introduce to you one of the masters behind the screen and congratulate one of our particularly talented people, Ms. Deborah Holland.
This year Ms. Holland was honored with the 2014 K-12 Educator Excellence Award from MODLA (Missouri Distance Learning Association).
In education for over thirty years, Ms. Holland has taught from Kindergarten to graduate students, both face to face and online, while earning many accolades.
- Team member, Star Light Reading: Spreading literacy using technology
- Member, Delta Kappa Gamma: A professional organization for educators
- Co-Director of The Missouri Writing Project
- Member, Section Chair and Presenter: International Conference in Beijing, China
- Presenter, MWP Young Writers Conference and NCTE Write to Learn
- Instructor, Summer Institutes for Teachers
Balance is frequently a key to excellence, and Ms. Holland keeps her balance with many hobbies, including reading, writing, swimming, cooking, weaving, spinning, knitting crocheting, painting, papermaking, printing, and embroidery!
As she reflects, you can perceive her value for this balance:
I truly enjoy my work as an online educator. My work and studies on campus have given me the opportunity to meet and form friendships with people from other countries and cultures … I am endlessly curious, love learning, and am happiest when I have a big stack of reading material, both printed and electronic, waiting for my next slot of free time.
As both a teacher and as a talented individual, we honor our colleague and friend, Ms. Holland in her most recent recognition of excellent and are proud she is part of the Mizzou K-12 Online team!