I am an educator, specifically a Middle School STEM mentor for Leadership of Academy of Nevada Online Charter School.
Leadership Academy of Nevada allows for a diverse educational environment for safe student learning. We guide student learning through a Classical Education style that allows independent student growth and develops lifelong skills as principled leaders. Students, teachers and families can learn from the comfort of their own homes with freedom from the constraints of a typical brick-and-mortar public school.
Frequently, families of students with busy traveling schedules, physical limitations, or transportation concerns choose a virtual education to help suit their individual needs. Additionally, being in a digital sphere allows those suffering from social anxieties, including myself, to be more expressive and confident in their thoughts, ideas and perspectives.
“Our school strives to create personal connections with the students that face to face schools often overlook or take for granted.”
The idea of a virtual school seems to create a false perception of an impersonal education. That is far from the truth. Our school strives to create personal connections with the students that face to face schools often overlook or take for granted. In my first year alone, I have received more positive feedback from students, families, and peers than in all of my years of teaching. The lives of students across the state of Nevada, some of whom I may have never seen in person, have found a greater sense of belonging and connection in our online charter school than in a traditional classroom setting.
“All families, regardless of income, should be able to choose a safe environment that encourages a child’s strengths and eliminates the one-size-fits-all educational strategies.”
In my years of teaching, I have seen students from all different backgrounds struggle with their education when they are confined to their local area schools. Problems such as violence, bullying, inappropriate conduct, and negative peer pressure is often mishandled in the public school system. Adding in the factors of socio-economic communities, and the situations intensify. All families, regardless of income, should be able to choose a safe environment that encourages a child’s strengths and eliminates the one-size-fits-all educational strategies. By having a choice, families can find the quality of education that best fits the needs of their child’s individual learning style.
Charter school information needs to become more widely distributed to families of all backgrounds so that they know what kind of options are out there for their children.