Veteran Virtual School Teacher—Michael Terry—Announced as Dean of Instruction

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. Over the past seven years, MNPS Virtual School’s own Michael Terry has contributed to the growth and success of our school into what is now recognized as Tennessee’s premier online learning experience. Since joining Virtual School in 2010, Terry served in a variety of key roles such as registrar, adjunct teacher, SIP Coordinator, Virtualization Engineer, and ACT Coordinator. This Fall, Mr. Terry is adding another key role to his tenure at Virtual School–Dean of Instruction.  In this new leadership post, Michael will serve as an instructional leader for Virtual School's Business & Technology Academy as well as Social Studies and Global Languages courses. Executive Principal of Virtual School, Dr. James Vince Witty, shares, “Michael has a passion for online learning and the advancement of this important work. The faculty and staff are thrilled to welcome Terry into this new leadership post.  Michael’s focus on continuous improvement will move Virtual School to new heights.”

Mr. Terry attended Clemson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education with a focus in English. After moving to Nashville in the May of 2008, Michael started his teaching career as a substitute teacher while also serving as an ACT and SAT tutor. Michael joined Virtual School, in 2010, as a part-time adjunct English teacher and full-time registrar for the school. Since 2010, Mr. Terry has performed a variety of key roles in growing Virtual School into a nationally recognized model. Terry asserts, “I have been fortunate to work with an amazing team of educators, parents, and students. With all of the great people who have come through our “virtual” doors, it is no surprise what Virtual School has been able to achieve so far.”

Recently, Michael completed the Master of Educational Leadership degree at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee as well as earned a Tennessee Secondary School Administrator license. As a veteran virtual teacher, Michael champions the benefits and possibilities that online learning can provide: “It may surprise you, but—despite all the ‘virtual-ness’–the Virtual School family is very real. It is always my hope that our students realize the very real support and love that we have for them. You cannot manufacture that—no matter your method of instruction. I look forward to being a part of the Virtual School family for many years.”


ABOUT MNPS VIRTUAL SCHOOL: MNPS Virtual School is Tennessee’s first, highest-achieving virtual school. Virtual School combines rigorous academics with a variety of educational programs, learning experiences, instructional approaches, and academic-support strategies addressing the unique needs, interests, aspirations, and backgrounds of our diverse population of v-students—creating an extraordinary online learning experience.