Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. History/Anthropology B.A. English National Writing Project Teacher Consultant Trauma-Informed educator DBT Steps-A Highly Qualified to teach: English/ELA 6-12 Social Studies 6-9
Ms. Christin McDowell
Welcome to middle school at the Virtual Academy! My name is Christin McDowell and I'm very pleased to begin my 16th year in education and my 3rd year with CVA. This year, I'm teaching Social Studies, 8th grade ELA/ALPS and Creative Writing, which is a new elective we are offering this year! Prior to joining the team at CVA I was a high school English teacher for 13 years.
When I'm not teaching, I enjoy hanging out with my rescue Foxhound, Copper, learning Italian, reading, writing, singing, typing on antique typewriters and all manner of creative pursuits.
I truly view education as a collaborative process. Last year was a fantastic year and I am excited for students to grow and learn with me again this year!
Beginning of the Year Information:
Sign up for your grade level's Remind by texting the correct code to 81010.
Parents and students can join!
Remind is a great way to receive important information and contact teachers.
6th grade: 6thcva
7th grade: 7thcva
8th grade: 8thcva
All families should also sign up for Student Services' Remind.
Text CVA68 to 81010
Microsoft Teams and Canvas:
Teams: I will add each student to the correct Team, but it will also be linked on the class Canvas homepage. Note: the class name on Teams includes the time for the class.
Canvas: You will be able to access your classes on Canvas. Parents, please sign up as a Canvas Observer so that you may monitor your student's academic progress. Here is a Helpful video on how to join.
Social Studies 6-8
M, T, TH: Live (synchronous) classes on Teams
Wednesday: In-person classes on campus
Friday: Asynchronous Classes and individual student appointments as needed