About Us

A Virtual Teacher Can Change a Student’s Life

Mission: Inspire Virtual Teachers to provide excellent instruction.

Vision: Our vision is to create a world where virtual teaching is as good as or more effective than in-person instruction.

Background

The National Virtual Teacher Association (NVTA) was built by a group of educational leaders who have pioneered the delivery of virtual education in the K-12 and higher ed spaces. We believe that when a virtual teacher is trained properly, they can create a world-class learning environment that engages students on a medium they live in every day. We believe it is time to start focusing on how to be an effective virtual teacher by building a community of educators who want to work as a group to create standards and share quality educational options.

Education Advisory Board

The Education Advisory Board consists of leaders, scholars, and innovators from around the country with extensive knowledge of the importance of quality virtual instruction.

The Education Advisory Board is responsible for providing oversight and guidance to the processes by which the NVTA develops guidelines for quality virtual teaching, oversight of the National Virtual Teacher Association Certification, and any other program curriculum materials that are developed and administered by the NVTA.

Dr. Sheila Harrison-Williams

Arizona School Board Association Executive Director

Dr. Harrison-Williams was president of the Illinois Association of School Administrators and served on their board for 12 years. She also served as executive board treasurer for the National Alliance of Black School Educators since 2015. She also co-founded the HWC Executive Leadership Institute with Dr. Connie Collins in Hazel Crest, Ill., a nonprofit that promotes the development of high performing school district leaders. She served as superintendent of Hazel Crest School District in Illinois for 14 years and as superintendent of Fairmont School District for 2 ½ years.

Kimberley Harrington Markus

Former New Jersey Commissioner of Education

Kimberly Harrington Markus worked as a classroom teacher in New Jersey for 16 years and taught all grades from kindergarten to 8th grade. She then served three years as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Finally, she served as the Chief Academic Officer at the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) prior to her role as the Commissioner of Education. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Innovation and Personnel at Mount Olive Township School District.

Dr. Tony Smith

Former State Superintendent of Illinois

Dr. Smith has served in a wide range of leadership roles, primarily in his native state of California. Prior to being State Superintendent for the state of Illinois, he was Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District and deputy superintendent for the San Francisco Unified School District, where he led efforts to close the achievement gap.

Clifton Taulbert

Pulitzer nominated author and the President and Founder of the Building Community Institute.

Mr. Taulbert has been a guest professor at Harvard University, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and the United States Air Force Academy. He is one of the most recognized and sought after authors when it comes to social issues including equity and breaking down color barriers. He has an extensive list of literary works which include the award-winning Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, the Pulitzer nominated The Last Train North, and Watching Our Crops Come In. Clifton Taulbert has also written two award-winning picture books for children; Little Cliff and the Porch People and Little Cliff’s First Day of School.