New instructors join the Elite Learning team

The Elite Learning staff has had a very busy summer preparing for the new school year including the hiring of three new instructors. Welcome Kyle, Mary Beth, and Sherri!

Kyle Scanlan will be teaching a few sections of United States Government I & United States Government II (PLS 211/212). He is an Assistant Professor in History and Political Science at Mountain Empire Community College. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Northeast State Community College. He has taught History of Western Civilization, United State History, Civil War and Reconstruction, American History through Film, United States History Since 1945, American Government, Survey of American Politics, Introduction to the Humanities, Survey of American Culture, Survey of Western Culture, Survey of 20th Century Culture, and Survey of Horror. He has a B.A. in History/Political Science and American Studies and English from King University, an M.A. in History from East Tennessee State University, and 18 graduate hours in Political Science from Virginia Tech. While not teaching, Kyle enjoys time with his wife Alison and son Hank, along with reading, exercise and fantasy football.

Mary Beth Greer will join our team in January as the new College Algebra instructor. She holds a BA in Biology from Emory and Henry College and a Master Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Virginia. Throughout her teaching career, she has taught in the fields of math and science. Currently, Mary Beth teaches Algebra 1, Dual Enrollment Precalculus, Dual Enrollment Calculus, and AP Calculus at Tazewell High School. Mary Beth lives in the Tannersville area of Tazewell County with her husband and two boys. She is active in the Tannersville Community Center and the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. In her spare time, Mary Beth enjoys traveling, reading and cross-stitching.

Sherri Gardner will join our team in the fall as the new Introduction to Elementary Statistics instructor. She is a mathematics instructor at Gate City High School and Virginia Highlands Community College. She has a B.A. degree in mathematics from the University of Virginia at Wise and a M.S. degree in mathematics from East Tennessee State University. In addition to mathematics Sherri has a minor in Technical Theatre, is a published poet and has sold several artistic works throughout the years. She has had an interest in the mechanics of learning and teaching for many years and feels that instruction of others is her innate passion. She is looking forward to working with the talented students involved in the SVETN educational system.

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New Schools to Join the Elite Learning Program

Elite Learning is excited to welcome four new schools to our program (Council, Twin Valley, Hurley, and Grundy). Elite Learning is currently providing curriculum to 25 high schools throughout Southwest Virginia. It’s going to be a great year for Elite Learning! We look forward to working with each and every student and counselor

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Workshop Sponsored by People, Inc.

The Introduction to Business class had the opportunity to attend People, Inc.'s Business Basics Workshop. This is information People, Inc. provides to small business owners in our area. Some of the topics include: Why a business plan, financing your business, financial responsibility within an organization, elements of creditworthiness, and the importance of credit reports. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about business while networking with each other. Each student has been developing a business plan most of the semester, and they were given the opportunity to summarize their ideas. In addition, they each received a gift associated with their business idea to remind them that we believe in their success.


Welcome to Business Basics!


Workshop Presenter


Introduction to Business Class


Students were given gifts associated with their business idea.



Students were given gift bags containing items donated by the following:

Higher Education Center

Old Dominion University

University of Virginia

Virginia Tech




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Youth in Government Day

Students in United States Government class, PLS 211-212, at Tazewell High School participated in Youth in Government activities at the Town of Tazewell on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. The event was held in observance of Local Government Education Week in Virginia. More than 40 students from Tazewell High School who are enrolled in PLS 211-212 through the Southwest Education and Training Network which sponsored this event in cooperation with Tazewell High School and the Town of Tazewell. Students spent the day shadowing a variety of Town of Tazewell employees from the town manager through many department heads and other essential members of the town's workforce. Those departments included administration, finance department, public works department, water department, waste water department, recreation department, fire department , and police department. Students are pictured throughout the day as they explored the functions of the various Town of Tazewell departments and discussed the role of town governments in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Tazewell is one of 191 towns in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of five such towns in Tazewell County. The Town of Tazewell is also the county seat of Tazewell County.








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AAF Awards presented to Elite Students

 The AAF Student American Advertising Awards were held at Emory & Henry College on Saturday, February 27, 2016. This competition is held to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising. Six awards were given to students from our region, three of which were awarded to Elite Learning students. The Elite Learning students that received awards are as follows:

Haley S. --Silver in Logo Design, Abingdon High School

Sabrina H. --Gold in Website Design, Marion Senior High School

Lindsey R.--Silver in Website Design, Twin Springs High School

Dawn Stafford, Executive Director, presented the students with the awards at the SVETN/Elite Learning Board of Directors meeting held March 10, 2016.  Sabrina H. was unable to attend.  Terry Hawthorne, Board Chairman, accepted the award on her behalf.



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