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CAVA Teacher Uses Puppets to Engage Students Online

Originally aired on ABC Los Angeles – March 21, 2021 California Virtual Academies special education teacher Mechelle Gifford is using puppetry to engage her students with online learning. Mechelle said that the puppets provide “a window into the worlds” of the students and provide a level of comfort in the classroom. To learn more about […]

LSOA Teacher Overcomes Disability to Teach

Originally aired on KOSA-TV – February 28, 2020 Lone Star Online Academy teacher Shylah Cutbirth has had to overcome a lot in order to fulfill her dreams of being a teacher. Prior to teaching virtually at LSOA, Cutbirth had difficulties navigating the halls of the brick-and-mortar school she taught at because of her muscular dystrophy. […]

Leaders in Learning: National School Counseling Week and mitigating impacts of pandemic

Originally aired on KBOI-TV – February 4, 2020 It’s National School Counseling week, and we know school counselors are key to wellbeing and academic success for students. But the pandemic is causing an uphill battle. In this weeks Leaders in Learning we’re introduced to one local counselor who is bridging the gap. “Students come to […]

TVAH Teacher Uses TikTok To Create Math Lessons For Students

Originally published by ABC San Antonio – February 4, 2021 A San Antonio based teacher is singing and making moves on TikTok to help students retain math equations and keep them logging in to her virtual class. Sarah Kagenski is a 7th grade math teacher at Texas Virtual Academy at Hallsville based in North Texas. […]

San Antonio teacher gets creative with social media teaching kids online

Originally aired by Fox 29 – February 2, 2021 Not everyone loves their job. Sarah Kagenski is one of those exceptions. “It’s absolutely the right choice for me,” she said. Which is why trading in her old classroom so she could teach online wasn’t hard. She was just happy to still be teaching kids math. […]

OHVA alum, and now teacher explains why school choice works

Originally published by Toledo Blade – October 30, 2020 Everyone deserves the ability to choose a better life for themselves. I believe this starts with education. When we’re young, we don’t realize which decisions will impact the rest of our lives. For me, it was choosing to leave a school where I was bullied and […]

Teaching Online Puts My Students — and My Health — First

Originally published to Medium – September 23, 2020 By: Verna Richard For twelve years, I taught chemistry and physics in a brick-and-mortar public high school. Then, after more than a decade of teaching in a traditional setting, my health took a downturn. This forced me to consider two options: I could find a different career, […]

Teach From Home on a Budget

Originally published by Staples Worklife – August 31, 2020 In a perfect world, the transition to remote teaching would also mean new equipment for educators — multiple monitors for easier computer use, a standing desk for better ergonomics, a laptop stand for optimal camera position to lead virtual classes. But with razor-thin budgets and financial […]