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Gail Greenspan

Gail Greenspan and her daughter

Gail Greenspan is the parent to Jessica, a California Connections Academy graduate. Gail saw a clear difference in her daughter’s approach to learning while attending online school. At Connections Academy, Jessica was able to focus on her schoolwork without outside distractions. Gail shares her family’s story below.

“We were interested in California Connections Academy because of the ability to tailor the schedule and courses to Jessica’s needs. We also wanted to eliminate the daily social drama and academic pressure from students in a bricks-and-mortar school.

As an older parent with a college degree in English and a long career, I was able to offer a lot of insight to help her with her English, history, and career exploration courses. When we worked on The Great Gatsby together, she was comfortable asking about phrases and idioms she didn't understand. This is something she wouldn't have done if she were in a traditional classroom because she would have been afraid of looking stupid.

Teachers provided one-on-one assistance to Jessica whenever she needed it and were easy to access. Jessica had the support and accommodations she needed to learn at her own pace. She also had flexible lessons that allowed her to easily spread out her work, and to take advantage of outside activities. I can tell from my conversations with her and her growth in confidence that Jessica really learned. She also rarely became frustrated with schoolwork, compared to almost constant frustration before. Online learning removed the distracting social drama Jessica was sucked into at her previous schools. She has always been very social, and has made friends at school, church—where she takes her kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do classes, and more recently at her job. She also connected with other Connections Academy students.

Jessica loves working with little kids and plans to teach or work at a daycare in the future. She has taken career exploration and career awareness courses, and took an early childhood education course to help her move in that direction. With these courses, she will be able to start new jobs and continue with community college when the time is right.”

Jessica rarely became frustrated with schoolwork, compared to almost constant frustration before.
— Gail