December 2018

What's happening?

Student of the Month

Danielle Mohlke

Salem High School

"Danielle works hard in class and takes her time working on her art rather than rushing through it to get a grade. She is in Art because she really enjoys it and has reported in the past that she would like to go into interior design possibly, after graduation. Danielle is a senior and keeps to herself when working and doesn't complain on assignments but rather sees it as a challenge and wants to do her best. She also offers help to those that are struggling to understand an assignment and gives support to her classmates."

Nominated by: Tara Joslin Core Campus | Fine Art Department

Facilitator of the Month

Vickie Langston

Salem High School

Tell us a little about your family:

I am married. We have one daughter and one son.

We also have one granddaughter and three grandsons (ranging in age from 17 to 1).

Position at Virtual Arkansas:



High School Graduate

Where did you grow up?

Kansas and Arkansas

Why did you decide to work in education?

I like helping the students learn. It is a pleasure to watch them achieve their goals.

What is the best part about being a facilitator?

Helping the students in whatever way I can.

If you could give your students one piece of advice, what would it be?

Listen to what you are being told and always do your best.

Teacher of the Month

Tara Joslin

Core Campus | Fine Arts

Tell us a little about your family:

My husband Jon and I will celebrate our third year of marriage in January. We spend many weekends hiking the trails at Petit Jean. We enjoy gardening together, and spending time with our nieces and nephew. I have an older sister (Tena) who lives in North Carolina. I have a niece (Madison) who is 17. I love her as if she is mine. In my spare time, I like to draw, paint, and sew. I made my first quilt this year! I did professional wedding photography for a few years.

Position at Virtual Arkansas:

Fine Arts Teacher


I attended school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. I received a Bachelor’s of Art in Studio Art, with an emphasis in Photography. I also received a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education.

Where did you grow up?

I have lived in many places. I was born in Southern California and lived in the South Bay Area of Los Angeles, as well as the San Bernardino Mountains. My family moved to Little Rock when I was in High School. I attended Parkview High School. After college, I lived in San Pedro and Long Beach, but I have been back in Arkansas since the end of 2002. I am here to stay.

Why did you become a teacher?

I have always loved children and spent my college years working with preschoolers. I loved seeing their faces light up each day when they learned something new. I wanted to see that every day. Teaching just made sense for me. I have not looked back.

What is the best part about being a teacher?

I love seeing my students get excited about art, especially their own art. I get to meet with students all over the state each day and talk about art. What could be better?

If you could give your students one piece of advice, what would it be?

Never give up on yourself, and always work hard in whatever you do.

A good book read...

In this section of our blog we are sharing what some of our Virtual Arkansas Educators are reading. Each month will have a book review by one of our own! We hope by sharing our love of reading with you, you may find a book to enjoy as well.


This past summer I had the pleasure of reading Seed, Grow, Love, Write: One man’s unexpected and slow journey to fulfillment by John Markowski. From the title, you can get a subtle comparison to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love, only with a gardening twist. In his book, Markowski reminisces on his trials and tribulations in the garden: buying the wrong plants for his climate zone, dealing with deer and other pests, and trying to keep his plants alive. He shares insightful stories about gardening, and what inspired him to start growing something other than a lawn. Aside from teaching and creating art, gardening is a new favorite hobby of mine. I enjoy it because I see a lot of parallels to teaching, the most common being patience. Like teaching, gardening has no shortcuts-only hard work and perseverance. Despite the workload, the end result is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling! I have learned so much along the way from my own experiences in the backyard, which are similarly echoed in this book. Gardening has also given me a peaceful outlet for life's stressors and demands. Markowski’s book will leave you inspired, and aim you towards joy and fulfillment in whatever you do. Even if you don’t have a “green” thumb, you are sure to find humor in this fantastic read!

Person Sharing: Steven AdairVirtual Arkansas Position: Core Campus | Fine Arts