Industry veteran Martha Kagan joins company;
Suzanne Harlow, Patricia DiMaggio, and Francis Schluckebier take on new roles
Boston — Sept. 9, 2015 — According to the U.S. Department of Education, a majority of school districts currently have students taking classes that include distance-learning solutions. Nearly 96 percentundefined of all high schools indicate they have students enrolled in a distance or online course. And far from restricting these opportunities, nearly 75 percent[ii] of these districts plan to expand the number of courses they offer to their students. To help schools and district meet the growing demand for online learning courses, The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.), a nonprofit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs, announced today that it is expanding its sales organization.
Adding to the company’s already strong customer base in New England, VHS has hired Martha Kagan as a regional sales manager in Connecticut, New York and northern New Jersey. Kagan has extensive experience in the education market, most recently working as a senior account executive at Learning Ally, Inc. Prior to that, she was employed by John Wiley & Sons as a senior publisher’s representative.
Patricia DiMaggio, formerly the school services registrar for over 10 years at VHS, will now serve as a regional sales manager on the inside sales team. Prior to joining VHS, DiMaggio taught English as a second language in diverse locations including Greece, Lebanon and Mexico in addition to managing teacher-training programs in Boston and San Francisco.
Francis Schluckebier, who currently serves as a regional sales manager for VHS in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey, will now also manage the state of Ohio. Schluckebier has nearly 18 years of experience in education, both as a teacher and in the educational publishing industry. His teaching experience includes working at Malvern Prep outside of Philadelphia as an economics and history teacher at the secondary level. He also spent 14 years as both an area sales manager and regional sales manager for Herff-Jones.
Suzanne Harlow, formerly the VHS School development manager, will now serve as director of school partnerships and oversee the VHS inside sales team. Suzanne has more than 10 years of experience at VHS. Prior to joining VHS Suzanne was a product marketing manager for the Commercial and Publishing Divisions of a graphic arts company. Her teaching experience includes teaching both high school and middle school English.
These changes are designed to further the VHS mission of providing students with access to high-quality online learning experiences while supporting educators with the professional development and services needed for effective online course instruction. VHS partner schools have access to a wide range of core, elective, credit recovery, STEM and AP® courses that inspire, ignite and deepen learning. Additionally, VHS students develop independent learning skills, explore college majors and careers, earn credit, and participate in global classrooms.
“Our collaborative organization provides rich online course offerings and a flexible delivery system to districts, schools and students, ” said Carol Ribeiro, President and CEO of VHS. “Our new sales team will help us expand delivery of our high-quality online content and instruction to key partners.”
About The Virtual High School
The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization has set the standard for quality online education. VHS provides middle and high school online courses for students and professional development for educators. The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development, individualized course offerings, and support for blended learning initiatives. VHS design and delivery standards are the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visit www.TheVirtualHighSchool.org or call (978) 897-1900.
undefined Queen, B., Lewis, L., and Coopersmith, J. “Distance Education Courses for Public Elementary and Secondary School Students: 2009-2010.” National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Services, U. S. Department of Education, November 2011. http://gsehd;gwu.edu/documents/gsehd/resources/gwuohs-onlineresources/reports/ies-nces distanceeducationcourses-20092010.pdf
[ii] Ibid;see Table 14