Michael Haldeman is a middle school student at Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA). He has a twin brother, Jack, who is also a student at ORCA. The traditional schooling system wasn’t a good fit, so Michael and his family decided to switch to online learning. Michael enjoys learning closely with his kind and supportive teachers at ORCA. He shares more about his experience the school below:
"I like how I can talk to my teachers any time I need help. Sometimes I’ve called them first thing in the morning or sent them a webmail at night and they answered me right away—that’s really cool. It’s really nice to know that they care about me. Dr. Eide (language Arts and social studies) and Mrs. Gibbs (algebra) are really good at explaining things when I get confused. Their Live Lesson sessions also help a lot because they give students a chance to ask questions and talk about things together.
My family loves to travel for fun and my dad has to travel a lot for work. With ORCA, we can all travel together and stay connected as a family since I can complete schoolwork from anywhere that has an Internet connection! My favorite subject is Science. I really like learning about how things work and how the universe all fits together.
In my free time, I like getting together with my friends and going to places like the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and the Forestry Center, or just hanging out and playing Minecraft. I get to see my ORCA friends at field trips and other school events, and I have my friends at karate and church, too.
I want to own my own travel agency someday and hire people with special needs so they can have jobs too."
I like how I can talk to my teachers any time I need help. It’s really nice to know that they care about me.