Freedom to learn

Originally published in the Idaho Press – February 9, 2020

I’m thankful for this opportunity to have a say in my education. In high school I wanted an option that would offer me a challenging course load, while also allowing time to spend with family. Fortunately, I found the perfect solution through online school at Idaho Virtual Academy.

By attending school online, I was able to personalize my education to meet my needs. Instead of feeling restricted in a brick-and-mortar classroom where everyone was taught the same way, I could tailor my educational experience to my needs. This freedom allowed me to focus on areas I wanted to learn more about and explore my passions.

I am currently fulfilling my dream of becoming an electrical engineer and with the help I received at IDVA I was fortunate to qualify for and receive a National Aerospace scholarship from NASA to continue my studies. IDVA helped to prepare me for life after high school, and I’m now enrolled at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

With the opportunities I’ve had, I am grateful that I was able to choose a school environment that was the best option for me. I urge Idaho to continue protecting school choice so that all students can have an education that works for them.

McKinley Hammond, Shelley

To learn more about Idaho Virtual Academy, visit https://idva.k12.com/

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