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​MNVA's Chris Gordon - Project Elevate Story of the Month for November
Image: Chris GordonMinnesota Virtual Academy Special Ed teacher Chris Gordon has been chosen as K12's Project Elevate Story of the Month for November. Congratulations are in order for Chris, who successfully overcame a recent bout with a rare disease and now uses that life challenge to positively inspire students about overcoming obstacles and bullying.
 

Gordon teaches kids with autism and a range of other disabilities. He consults with other teachers on subjects like what’s the best way to work with students with certain disabilities, in order to benefit them. Working with 22 students online, Gordon said he’s found online school works very well for students with medical issues or those that have struggled with traditional school.  “Online teaching is very beneficial for them,” Gordon said. “I get a great deal of satisfaction helping students grow in an alternative environment. [source]

In October of this year, Gordon, who has been running and racing for much of his life, finished first in his age group in the Mankato Marathon 10K. He raced 6.2 miles in 38 minutes, 39 seconds, his all-time personal record. “Do not let anyone tell you a goal is unreachable,” Gordon posted on Facebook. “Keep the faith, put in the time and effort, and be kind to those around you. You can’t control everything that happens to you, but if something knocks you down, get back up.” 
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Click here to read the entire story in The Journal (New Ulm, MN newspaper)
 
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