We asked teachers to brag about their classrooms, which now gives us the chance to brag about teachers.

Blackboard K-12 held a blog contest to give schools a chance to tell us about technology strategies they’ve implemented to engage students in new ways. We are proud to announce our two #BragAboutYourClassroom blog contest winners.

Congratulations Grand Prize Winner Carol Cochuyt!


Carol grew up on a small family farm outside of Orion, Illinois and graduated from Orion High School, Black Hawk College, and Western Illinois University. Yes, that does mean her students learn how to make butter every year – even her virtual students! She is certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as an Early Childhood Generalist. Carol serves as the K-2 Department Head at Clay Virtual Academy, which is a part of the Clay County School District in Florida. Currently her Kindergarten students are meeting in the Virtual Classroom daily to practice their Completion Ceremony songs.

Read Carol’s winning blog: I’m Proud to be a Virtual Kindergarten Teacher

Congratulations Runner-Up Elissa Raffa!


Elissa Raffa has a B.S. in Secondary Science Education and an M.F.A. in Creative and Professional Writing, both from the University of Minnesota. She is licensed as a school superintendent as well as a teacher of physical science, physics and chemistry. A founding director of Minnesota Online High School, Ms. Raffa has been active in arts education as well as science education. Before starting MNOHS, she developed and taught courses for seven years with the Mindquest Learning Network in Bloomington and for twelve years at Loring Nicollet Alternative School in Minneapolis. She is a member of the Minnesota Online Learning Advisory Council and has been active state-wide in preparing pre-service and in-service teachers for the rigors of online education. During her first seven years at MNOHS, Ms. Raffa supervised the faculty and the learning program, and guided the development of high-quality, interactive online instruction and assessment in all content areas, using state-of-the-art technologies. She began serving as Executive Director in August, 2012.

Read Elissa’s blog: Traffic Cop: My love affair with webinar

Thank you to all of our #BragAboutYourClassroom blog contest participants.

To see how we are closing the gap between the way students live and the way they learn, follow @Blackboardk12..

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