by April | March 23, 2020
My learning coach is not like other learning coaches. Because when I think of my mom, I don't think, "learning coach". Other words come to mind. Friend, champion, supporter. My mom has always wanted the best for me, and nothing else. That doesn't mean that I always get my way, and she always gets me whatever I want. Wanting the best for me, often means correcting me when I make a mistake, dealing with my teenagery outbursts and fits, all while staying calm, and being the bigger person. My parents decided to put me in online school mostly because our lifestyle was about to change. We were about to embark on a couple of years of living on the road in our camper van. Obviously, brick and mortar, was not going to work. So they enrolled me into online school. I have to be honest, I wasn't thrilled. I really didn't want to leave my school, and I just wasn't that interested in going online. As any online student can tell you, the first year was a bit tough. Its the year where you have to make all the mistakes so that next year, you know what you're doing. The second year was great. Wonderful teachers, and I learned a lot. Math has always been a struggle for me, and my teachers were very encouraging, and always keeping class fun. The third year has been great as well, however I am sad to say that this will be my last year in online school. It has been such a experience and I am glad we did online school instead of home school. As for my learning coach, she has been so supportive, and really help explain to me what should take priority of my time, what is maybe less important. She has made me much more independent, and I cannot thank her enough for that. She knows how to help when I need it, but also when to say, "I think you can figure this out." My mom is a total and complete Super Mom, and I am so lucky to have her in my life. The other day I was thinking about how I will be in high school next year. That sounds crazy! I was thinking about how, after those short 5 years, I will be 18, which is a big year. I'm not sure if I will move out then or not, but my point still stands, the amount of time I will be living with my mom is short, and even though she has work during the day as well, I still know that I have spent more time with her in online school then I ever did when I was in brick in mortar. So I would like to thank K12, for giving me a platform that made it possible to have those extra hours, with her. I love you mom.