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How to Enroll for iSucceed Virtual High School This Fall 2016

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Welcome, future iSucceed students! If you’ve made it to this blog post, you’re one step closer toward earning your accredited diploma online! Enrolling with us is just as simple. Watch the video or read more detailed instructions below to see how you can get started on your path to a personalized education with iSucceed.

How to Enroll for iSucceed Virtual High School:

Step 1: Fill out the application

First, you will need to submit a quick application asking basic information such as your name, email and phone number. To do so, head to ChooseiSucceed.com/Enroll, fill out your information and click submit.

Step 2: Talk With an Advisor

Once you’ve submitted your application, an enrollment advisor will contact you within one business day. If you do not hear from them within that timeframe, go ahead and give them a call at 208.908.6250.

Your enrollment advisor will email you another application to fill out, with simple questions all about you. Be sure to fill it out to the best of your abilities, and then submit.

Step 3: Enrolling

In order to enroll with iSucceed, you will need to send us a copy of a few important documents seen in the image below.

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Once you have submitted these documents, and sent in anything your enrollment advisor requests, you will be all set to get started at iSucceed!

Don’t forget, once you’ve finished enrolling, you can fill out an application to get a school provided laptop free of charge while you’re at iSucceed!

Classes start August 22, so be sure to finish enrolling by August 19. For any questions, you can email Candise Cole at ccole@isucceedvhs.net.

Good luck and we look forward to working you this fall!

8 Facts About Left-Handed People You Probably Don't Know

iSucceed_Left_Handers_Day_HeaderThis August 13 is National Left Handers’ Day! To all our left-handed iSucceed students, congrats to having your very own holiday! While left-handed people make only about 10% of the population, they hold some pretty interesting facts that we’re willing to bet you didn’t know! Check them out below.

8 Interesting Facts About Left-Handed People

Fact #1: Left-Handed people might be smarter

A few studies have shown that left-handed people are more likely to have an IQ of 131 or higher. Coincidentally, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein were all lefties.

Fact #2: They’re also known as “Southpaws”

The term was coined from baseball, as left-handed would pitch “south” of the diamond in order to accommodate for their left hand.

Fact#3: Left Handers Can Have the Advantage in Some Sports…And Typing

If you’ve seen the legendary “Rocky” movies, you’ll know that being left handed can have its perks in certain sports. Many boxers are left handed, or become left handed in order to deliver a punch their opponent isn’t used to. Tennis and baseball also can have its perks as a left hander.

Because a large majority of words on the qwerty keyboard are typed solely with the left hand (around 3,000 words with the left hand, but only about 400 with the right), left handers are likely to be faster typers since they’re using their dominant hand.

Fact #4: Living in a right-handed world can be tough

Think about it: your scissors are right-handed, your pens are slanted for the right hand, even the words on your favorite mug are printed to show when holding it with your right hand. Plus, writing on a paper or chalkboard is bound to smear for left handers. It’s a right-handed world we live in, and it can be tough for the lefties!

Fact #5: But there are left-handed tools!

Luckily, companies are catching on! These days, you can purchase scissors, pens and even measuring tape that reads right-to-left to help ease the burden of our left-handed folk.

Fact #6: Nearly half of cats are left-handed

People might be mostly right-hand dominant, but for cats, it’s pretty 50/50. So if you’re a left hander, you can likely find a cat that understands how you feel, since it might just be left-handed too!

Fact #7: Left Handers’ Day started 1976

The holiday started as a way to raise awareness for left handed people and give them a day to shine. Although it started in 1976, it didn’t become an official holiday in the USA until 1992.

Fact #8: Even if you are right-handed, you could have left-handed traits

While chances are, you write and throw a ball with your right hand, you could still have left-handed traits. For example, which eye do you close to see better? Or maybe you use your left hand to cut foods when you’re also holding a fork? You can take this quiz to see how left-handed you are, or try and let Buzzfeed guess in this fun quiz!

If you’re left handed, you can revel in a holiday dedicated just for you this August 13. If you’re right-handed, why not try being left-handed for a day and see what you can accomplish!

  • Do you have another fun fact you’d like to add to the list? Share with us in the comments below!

Make the Switch to iSucceed Virtual High School This Fall 2016

iSucceed_Make_The_Switch_headerIf you are a student considering enrolling in online classes, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re still on summer break or are back in school and not enjoying it, iSucceed can be a great option for you.

One of the most common questions we get from students who are considering switching to iSucceed Virtual High School is: “Do I qualify?” The plain and simple answer is almost always, yes! Here are the requirements to enroll at iSucceed:

What are the Enrollment Requirements for iSucceed Virtual High School?

  • Must be in grades 9–12 and 21 years or younger
  • Must be an Idaho resident
  • Must have access to the internet; we’ll provide the laptop!

After verifying that these requirements have been met, students should ask themselves if iSucceed is the right option for them. The list of reasons to switch to iSucceed grows longer each day as we get to know each new student and their background, and we can say with confidence that we have provided an alternative educational environment that fits nearly every need!

Is iSucceed the right option for me?

  • Flexible, personalized and structured academic schedule
  • Safe environment
  • Individualized attention from highly qualified teachers and guidance counselors
  • Access to classes anytime from anywhere with an internet connection
  • Ability to get back on track to graduate or get ahead and graduate early
  • School provided laptops available to every student

Some students might fear that after switching to iSucceed, they will fall off the face of the earth in terms of socializing with friends. Although students won’t physically meet with their classmates every day, there are plenty of opportunities to stay engaged with peers at iSucceed.

How can I stay involved in social circles/activities?

iSucceed Virtual High School is unique from the traditional brick-and-mortar high schools, but there are also many similarities! For example, iSucceed is tuition free and accredited with highly qualified teachers, just like a traditional school. Here are some differences in online high school that you might find appealing:

How is iSucceed different from my brick-and-mortar high school?

  • iSucceed offers three classes every nine weeks to better focus and catch up or get ahead
  • Teachers communicate individually with students via email, phone call or instant messaging
  • Students can connect and chat with classmates and easily contact teachers through our safe online community
  • iSucceed courses are 100% online with award-winning curriculum that includes instructional videos, educational games and graphic-novel-style stories

What if I decide that I want to go back to my brick-and-mortar school?

  • iSucceed is flexible when it comes to a student’s decision to stay, return to their original high school or attend both schools concurrently.
  • Because iSucceed is an accredited Idaho school, credits earned with us are transferable to your brick-and-mortar school.

We have worked hard to make the transition to iSucceed as smooth as possible for students. If you are interested in enrolling, click HERE.

  • Still have some questions? Share them in the comment box below, or give our enrollment advisors a call at 208.908.6250.

Traditional School vs. Online High School

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When considering switching to iSucceed Virtual High School, we know there can be many questions. One of the biggest questions we hear is: “How is iSucceed different from my brick-and-mortar school?” To help you learn more about the differences of traditional school vs. online high school, we’ve put together a list of comparisons and similarities. Check them out in the circle graph below.

Traditional School vs. Online High School

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Traditional School vs. Online High School: What Aspects Are the Same?

You can see all of the similarities and differences in the graph above, but let’s break it down. Chances are, you might be surprised to see many great similarities between iSucceed Virtual High School and a traditional school.

  • Tuition Free
  • Accredited
  • Highly Qualified Instructors
  • Dual Enrollment & Honors Courses Offered
  • Special Education
  • Student IDs
  • Student Clubs
  • Prom
  • Graduation Ceremony

Just like your traditional brick and mortar school, iSucceed is tuition free and accredited, with highly qualified instructors. We also offer many of the same programs as your schools, including dual-enrollment and honors courses and a special education program. We offer a tailored education and work personally with any individuals needing an IEP or 504 plan.

What’s more, you can still enjoy student clubs and prom at iSucceed! Students at iSucceed are welcome to join a student club, and can attend in-person school events every month. We also hold a prom annually open to all 9–12th grade students, along with graduation ceremony for our seniors.

Traditional School vs. Online High School: What Aspects Are Different in Online School?

  • Serves all of Idaho: no district boundaries
  • 100% online
  • Courses can be completed on student’s schedule
  • No disruptions from classmates
  • No late policies or dress code
  • Two classes every six weeks
  • Personalized attention
  • Award-Winning Curriculum that’s fresh and relevant

Of course, there are some major differences in a traditional school vs. online high school. The obvious one is that iSucceed is 100% online. That means you can attend school anywhere in the state of Idaho where you have access to a computer and internet connection. Because we are online, students often enjoy a flexible schedule. While there are weekly course assignments and lessons, students can choose the time and place they complete school work.

Plus, iSucceed offers three courses every nine weeks, to help students focus on what they’re learning, catch up on credits or even get ahead and graduate early. We also have award-winning curriculum complete with instructional videos, educational games and graphic novel stories! You can read more about it in our blog post.

Classes start August 22, so be sure to enroll by August 19. For more information on iSucceed Virtual High School, click HERE or give us a call at 208.908.6250.

  • Do you have a question about online high school? Share with us in the comments below or give us a call at 208.908.6250.

Teacher Tips for Excelling in the Online Environment

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One of the many benefits of being an iSucceed Virtual High School student is that you get to work straight from the comfort of your home. For many of you who come from a more traditional school setting, this may be something you’ve never done before, but don’t worry! While we have many full-time onsite instructors, many of our teachers work from home just as you will.

We asked a few of our work from home instructors a few questions about working from home, and here’s what they had to say.

Benefits of Working Online

There are a lot of benefits that come from getting to complete your schoolwork online. From saving gas to having more control of your schedule, attending high school online has its advantages.

One benefit is you don’t have sit in one place! As long as you have an internet connection, you really can work wherever you want, as Science Instructor Mrs. Brie Benjamin-Baker said. In the photo below, she is enjoying some sunshine while working.

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“I enjoy the freedom of using my laptop and working in the living room if my family is in there, working outside while my children are playing, and even working from places that have free Wi-Fi,” said Mrs. Benjamin-Baker.

Another benefit: more flexibility. Because you work online, you can focus on getting your work done and have more time to do the things you love.

Your Workspace: Organization Ideas

While you can complete schoolwork wherever you want, our teachers say a designated workspace is always a good idea. It helps your brain stay focused and helps you block out distractions. Here are a few favorite items our adjunct teachers keep in their workspaces.

For Mrs. Benjamin-Baker, it’s a notebook, pencil and important papers, as is shown in the photo.

Another thing Mrs. Benjamin-Baker has is some drawings from her kids hanging on the wall. If you have something that cheers you up, keep it with you in your workspace to keep you in a happy mood while working.

Business Math and Electives Instructor Ms. Lee Russell takes a different approach to her workspace. Instead of the stationary desk Mrs. Benjamin-Baker has, Ms. Russell prefers  to have her workspace more mobile, which is why she has portable, adjustable desk.

“Health experts say it is important to not sit in the same position for hours,” said Ms. Russell. “So with my varying table, I can stand for a portion of the day and sit in different chairs too.”

Ms. Russell said she also loves to keep her favorite vitamin drink on hand, along with her “bling reading glasses.”

Five Tips to Succeed in Your Online school Work

1. “Make a school schedule and stick with it…if you set aside time for school, you can be successful.” – Mrs. Benjamin-Baker

2. “Be honest with yourself about setting up specific times to work. If you are NOT a morning person, then don’t expect to work online in the mornings. Be real and be disciplined!” – Ms. Russell

3. “Talk to your friends and family about how they can support you. If you work on schoolwork from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. each day, tell your friends not to text or call during this time.” – Mrs. Benjamin-Baker

4. “Know your weaknesses and turn them into rewards. If you like to surf YouTube videos or Facebook with friends, then reward yourself with these websites AFTER you complete your schoolwork, but not until then.” – Mrs. Benjamin-Baker

5. “Because of iSucceed Virtual High School, you can now focus on your interests and create the life that you see yourself having! Don’t waste any time! Make your education and dreams happen for yourself!!” – Ms. Russell

To enroll, click HERE or give us a call at 208.908.6250.

  • What does your workspace look like? Share with us in the comments below!

New Award-Winning Curriculum Coming This Fall!

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If you’ve ever gotten in trouble for falling asleep in class, we don’t blame you. Between waking up at the crack of dawn and listening to one person talk for an hour, paying attention can be difficult. That’s where iSucceed can help you!

At iSucceed Virtual High School, we know that students are not going to spend the necessary time in online coursework if they are bored. We also know that the longer students interact with their coursework, the better they perform. That’s why we’re raising the bar with multimedia, award-winning curriculum.

New Award-Winning Curriculum Coming to iSucceed This Fall!

The past couple of years, we’ve been working to provide completely self-authored curriculum. We are proud to say our curriculum is not only rigorous and fully aligned to state and national standards, but it is truly unlike anything seen in the online world.

Complete with instructional videos, educational games and graphic novels, learning can become something students actually enjoy! Check out the samples below to see some of our incredible new curriculum coming this fall.


Instructional Videos

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As you may have noticed from the video above, our instructional videos don’t have a teacher with a monotone voice relaying everything students need to know for an exam. Instead, we have qualified educators taking students back in time through history, so they can understand and apply what they’ve learned rather than simply memorizing facts. It’s not just history courses either! You can expect to see the same engaging videos in language arts, mathematics and science courses.


Educational Games

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As a student in geometry, what would be your preferred method of learning? A teacher drawing each shape on the board while you take notes, or playing an entertaining game that helps you quickly learn important concepts? iSucceed students get to play games throughout different courses in order to better understand and retain what they’ve learned. Try out the parallelograms game here.


Graphic Novels

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Graphic novels are another great way to engage learners. At iSucceed, students can delve into the world of relatable characters while learning about important events and concepts. The comic above is part one of an allegory based on the Boston Massacre, which took place in the American Revolutionary War. Students will connect with the main character, Elena, as they see the significance of the events that took place and why the colonies revolted from Britain. Read chapter one of “Citizen” here.


 

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  • Do you have questions about our award-winning curriculum? Share with us in the comments below, or give us a call at 208.908.6250.

Their Way or Your Way: Make the Switch to iSucceed

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When it comes to where you receive your education, we want you to know that you have options! If you’re not enjoying sitting in a chaotic classroom packed with 30+ students, eating the same old cafeteria food or lugging that heavy backpack filled with old textbooks from class to class, then you might want to consider making the switch to iSucceed Virtual High School.

iSucceed is tuition free, accredited and 100% online to let you enjoy high school on your terms. Here are a couple ways we can provide a more customized education than your old school.

 

Their Textbook or Your Textbook?

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“Their” textbook usually equates to graffiti-filled, ripped up books that might have once been used by your parents when they went to school. iSucceed Virtual High School instead has online textbooks made just for you! Our curriculum is entirely online and is award winning.

Plus, our curriculum isn’t just accredited and aligned to state standards, it’s relevant and fresh. With multimedia such as animated videos, instructional games, graphic-novel-style historic stories and more, learning will become something you actually enjoy.

 

Their Dress Code or Your Dress Code?

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Even if your school doesn’t require uniforms, there are still limitations to what you’re allowed to wear. For example, you likely aren’t allowed to dye your hair unnatural colors, wear slippers or even have a hat on while in the classroom. Because you can study from the comfort or your home (or wherever you choose!), iSucceed doesn’t have a dress code. Our main worry is that you work hard on your education. How you want to look and dress is up to you!

 

Their Classroom or Your Classroom?

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We all know the look of the traditional classroom. The small school desk in perfectly aligned rows, filled with 35 or more students. You have your assigned seat (not next to your friend, of course), and you’re used to the daily routine of sitting and watching the teacher lecture and write on the whiteboard.

Here’s another idea for your classroom: a coffee shop, your bed, a home work desk, your local library, or just about anywhere you have access to a computer and internet connection. You will still learn the same important material and stay in constant contact with your teachers, but your classroom can be wherever you want!

 

Their Diploma or Your Diploma?

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The great news is, no matter where you attend (iSucceed or an accredited brick and mortar school), the diploma you receive is the same. But the question is: do you want to earn your diploma the traditional way, or would you rather earn your diploma at a high school that lets you enjoy your educational experience on your terms?


Other Things to Know About isucceed virtual High School

  • Three Classes Every Nine Weeks. iSucceed has three classes every nine weeks to let you focus on your studies, catch up on credits or graduate early.
  • Personalized Attention. Our highly qualified instructors provide personalized support through phone calls, emails, instant messaging and course announcements.
  • Dedicated Counselors. We also have guidance counselors who help you make a personalized graduation plan and help you figure out life after high school
  • We’re tuition free
  • And accredited
  • With a great student life. We boast an active student life with social media pages to follow, student clubs, school events a prom and graduation ceremony.

We will be posting more Their Way or Your Way concepts, so stay tuned!

Enroll Today

 

 

  • Do you have questions for us? Leave a comment below or give us a call at 208.908.6250.

Tips for Making the Most of Your Fourth of July

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The United States is turning 240 this July 4. With such a special birthday coming this year, it’s important you take some time to get prepared for a proper celebration. To help you get ready, we’ve put together some great tips to make the most out of this year’s Fourth of July.

Tip #1 Invest in a fan

A fan serves an even greater purpose than keeping you cool. The moving air is also a natural mosquito repellent. With a fan, you can enjoy the great outdoors feeling cooler and without swatting mosquitos all night.

Tip #2 Make your own “thunder calming shirt” for your pets before fireworks

Whether you plan to go out and watch fireworks or light some yourself, making sure your pets are calm before you go is important. If you don’t want to buy a thunder jacket, check out this photo for an easy DIY.

Tip #3 Try some Fourth of July themed foods

To get you thinking about Independence Day, why not try cooking some patriotic foods? Bake a pie and decorate it with American colors, or even make a American flag cake. Grilling some traditional BBQ is always great, so long as it reminds you of childhood favorites and America!

Tip #4 Or make some simple Watermelon Juice

Watermelon is a great summertime treat that will go with just about any dish you serve this Fourth of July. This time around, try turning your favorite side dish into your favorite drink. For easy instructions, check out this Facebook video.

Tip #5 But more importantly, brush up on your history

What’s an Independence Day celebration without taking some time to think about those who made it happen. This Fourth of July, take some time to reread the events that took place July 4, 1776 so you can truly know the meaning of the day’s celebration.

Tip #6 Memorize at least one amendment in the Bill of Rights

Speaking of Independence Day, why not celebrate your freedoms by learning more about them? The first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States are known as the Bill of Rights, which lists out each freedom you are guaranteed as an American citizen.

Without the events that took place in 1776, there would be no Bill of Rights. So make sure you know at least one of them and memorize it this Fourth of July. Then you can cite it to your friends like a pro.

Tip #7 Drive somewhere nearby and soak up some local history

You might be thinking there isn’t much “Fourth of July” history in Idaho. But that’s where you’d be wrong! While we may not be near Revolutionary War historical sites, taking time to appreciate history anywhere in the US certainly counts! Here are a couple places in Idaho that likely aren’t too far from you:

  • Drive along the GreenbeltEnjoy a beautiful, quiet scenery in the great outdoors.
  • Take an adventure to Shoshone FallsHells Canyon or another beautiful state park. As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders.”
  • Idaho Museum of Natural HistoryFor thousands of years of history, try visiting a museum.

Tip #8 Above all, spend the day with someone you care about

Of course, the best part of any holiday is that you can surround yourself with people you love. Whether it’s a significant other or family and friends, be sure to spend your Independence with people you care about.

6 Things You Won't Miss About Your Old School

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While school can definitely have its perks, there’s a lot of things about traditional high school that we’re willing to bet you won’t miss when you leave. Check out our list below.

1. Raising your hand to ask a question everyone else seems to understand and wanting to just do this.

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Even with the nicest instructor, raising your hand in class can be intimidating. At Valor Online High School, getting help from teachers is easier than ever. You can email, call or even instant message your instructor within the Parent Student Portal (PSP)

 

 

2. Or that gum infested, uncomfortable desk

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Doesn’t sitting in the couch of your living room to do schoolwork sound so much better?

 

 

3. Speaking of gum, you probably won’t miss those beaten up textbooks

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If you’re the lucky one, you will get the nice, new textbooks. But most likely, you end up with one like the picture above: gratified, pages ripped and notes all over.

Aside from having to shove them in your backpack and carry a heavy load all day, textbook reading can be rough. Valor has award-winning curriculum that includes games, videos, comic book stories and more so you can get a quality education and actually enjoy what you’re learning.

4. Getting caught sleeping in class…again

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In a big classroom, the last thing you’d want to do was be the one who fell asleep. Either you get in trouble, or you end up like the guy in the photo above. Luckily at Primavera, you can complete your schoolwork on a flexible schedule. If you need to take a break between courses and take a short nap, go for it! Although we can’t promise your siblings won’t try to mess with you while you nap.

 

 

5. Not getting to dye your hair or wear pajamas because of dress code rules

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Our main concern at Valor is that you receive a quality education and earn your accredited diploma. How you choose to style your hair (or not style) and dress is entirely up to you.

 

 

6. The commute certainly won’t be missed either

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Waking up before the sun, rushing to catch the bus and sitting in a loud crowded bus are things we’re willing to bet you won’t miss. Instead, you can enjoy a stress free morning that consists of waking up, getting ready and starting your schoolwork from home.

 

 

Get enrolled today.

  • What are some other things you don’t miss about your old school? Share with us in the comments below!

 

Jina Reeves- The Teacher of the Year!

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At iSucceed, we have several talented students working hard to earn their diplomas. But as we all know, behind every successful student are countless teachers helping them along the way. In this series, we highlight one of our many incredible teachers.

Meet Mrs. Jina Reeves, iSucceed instructor, Teacher of the Year 2016

Jina ReevesMrs. Reeves has been with iSucceed for two years now, teaching Criminology, Psychology and Sociology. She enjoys what she refers to as “old lady hobbies,” including baking and cross stitching. But Mrs. Reeves has fun with her cross stitching by designing modern shows, such as Bob’s Burgers or Star Wars.

In addition to her hobbies, another thing Mrs. Reeves loves is being a teacher at iSucceed, especially because of the different types of students she gets to meet and help mentor.

 “Our students are all so inspiring that it makes it easy to do whatever necessary to help them succeed,” said Mrs. Reeves. “These students are not only persevering but are wildly succeeding in school in the face of adversity… I don’t feel like teaching them is work, it’s a pleasure and an honor.”

One of her favorite things about being an online instructor is the ability she has to provide more personalized support to each of her students.

“I believe that I have stronger connections to iSucceed’s students than I would have otherwise had in a traditional brick and mortar,” said Mrs. Reeves. “You have to make a stronger effort at communication skills and not solely be dependent on physical presence, which can, in turn, offers opportunity to bring teachers and students together.”

In fact, in one instance this past school year, Mrs. Reeves recalls working with one student who was struggling to pass his courses. Although he had gotten far behind, she wouldn’t let him give up on his grades.

The end of this school year, I had a student that was coming in every day for about two weeks and was pretty far behind in his classes because, as he admitted, he didn’t work much in the middle of the quarter.  I explained how many lessons he needed to do daily to finish his courses. We worked together on two projects and prepping for his final exam in History. 

Then, on the last day of school, I got an email around 8 p.m. from the student saying that he passed all of his classes. He was so excited, the next day, I checked his grades and saw that he finished his classes, and he passed with 2 C’s and an A… the A was in History.  🙂

With such dedication from her end, it’s no wonder that Mrs. Reeves was the recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award, though she told us it was a huge surprise.

 “I was dumbfounded, I think I was blushing for the rest of the day,” said Mrs. Reeves. “I am so very honored and thankful to the staff, teachers, and (especially) the students.”

When it comes to advice, Mrs. Reeves has just a few words for our students and graduates:

Party on, Wayne.

 

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