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WMC-TV: Interactive Classroom Makes Learning Easier for Students With Special Needs

Originally aired on WMC-TV (NBC Memphis) – May 22, 2018 Since birth, Ben Messlein has struggled in ways few other kids can relate. “Some days are pretty bad, some days pretty good,” said Tennessee Virtual Academy student Ben Messlein. The 11-year-old lives with Tourette’s syndrome, autism and suffers from epileptic and photosensitive seizures. While special glasses protect his […]

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AZVA and ISAZ Students “Bust a Move” at Prom

Originally aired on KNXV-TV – May 19, 2018 Students from Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) and Insight Academy of Arizona (ISAZ) attended their prom on May 19. Students had fun getting to know their classmates and dancing the night away! To learn more about Arizona Virtual Academy, visit https://azva.k12.com/. To learn more about Insight Academy of Arizona, visit https://az.insightschools.net/.

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Autism In the Northland

Originally aired on Fox 21 – May 17, 2018 Autism is something many children and their families have to live with every day and it’s more common than you might think. Life with autism is a reality Amanda Keppers knows too well. She has a 16-year-old son named Chris. “Very artistic, he loves arts and crafts,” said […]

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WATN-TV: Autistic Student Thrives at Alternative School

Originally aired on WATN-TV – May 18, 2018 Tennessee Virtual Academy student Ben Messlein is Memphis Live’s featured “Cool Kid” of the week! As a student with autism, Ben is able focus on school without having the traditional distractions of a classroom setting. His mom, Tammy, stresses the fact that everyone learns differently and mentions […]

Erika Maples

Virtual classroom just the ticket for Norman student

Originally published in The Norman Transcript-May 16, 2018 High school student Erika Maples traveled the world with her parents before settling in Norman. Erika’s dad, Lee, met his wife, Noriko, while stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Okinawa, where their daughter was born. Erika speaks English and Japanese and started playing the violin when […]


Virtual Classrooms Helps Michigan Students With Autism Who Struggle in Traditional Schools

Originally aired on WDIV-TV – May 10, 2018 Chantelle Buckner said she was getting calls from teachers regarding her son, Kaleb, 10, almost daily. “They were calling me saying, ‘Oh, he is under the desk, he just took off running up the hallway,’ and I’m like, ‘You are all the professionals. Why are you calling me?’” Buckner said. Kaleb’s […]

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Letter: Teacher, school helped my child succeed

Originally published in The Columbus Dispatch – May 9, 2018 In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, I would like to recognize a teacher at Ohio Virtual Academy who has taught my daughter Kailee the importance of perseverance. Amanda Cline has shown Kailee that hard work and determination can lead to rewarding results. I enrolled Kailee because […]

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Strongsville teen living with autism, ADHD wins regional spelling bee in Cleveland

Originally published on WOIO-TV– May 9, 2018 National Autism Awareness month just wrapped up, but a Strongsville teen is still proving to all of us that disabilities don’t have to hold you back. Fifteen-year-old Neil Stasek has autism and ADHD, but that didn’t stop him from winning the regional spelling bee in Cleveland recently. “It […]

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WATN-TV: Autism Awareness & Tennessee Virtual Academy

Originally aired on Local Memphis Live – May 9, 2018 Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA) student Ben Messlein and his mom, Tammy, explain how the flexibility of virtual schooling has helped him excel in school! As a student with autism, TNVA is able to give Ben a personalized learning experience that has motivated him in his studies […]


Recognizing Teachers

Originally published in the Clackamas Revew – May 07, 2018 In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, I would like to recognize the teachers and staff at Oregon Virtual Academy (ORVA) and the support that they have given my daughter and me. I enrolled Marissa into ORVA because I was unsatisfied with the curriculum […]