Emma Guerra is an elementary school student at Pecos Connections Academy (PCA). She lives with her family in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and attends PCA along with her brother, Cayden Guerra. Emma’s family decided to switch to virtual school because of Emma’s mother’s prolonged medical treatment. Emma’s Learning Coach shares her story below.
“Our family’s story started at the beginning of the 2016–17 school year. Emma’s older brother, Cayden, had just completed kindergarten in the Albuquerque public school system. That is when Emma’s mother, Ashley Chambers, was unexpectedly diagnosed with leukemia. Suddenly, the traditional brick-and-mortar schools were no longer an option because the common illnesses children bring home from school became too great a risk to Ashley’s weakened immune system.
We learned about PCA during a commercial on our local PBS television channel. As an online public school serving students statewide, PCA offered a professionally structured curriculum and provided not only the teaching resources, but also the professional support our family needed to make a successful transition.
Cayden’s first year at PCA was so successful that we felt very confident in enrolling Emma in PCA for kindergarten. Emma has shown tremendous growth as measured by the formative assessment provided three times a year (her LEAP score went from 43% to 87%, and her iStation went from Tier 3 in Letter Knowledge to Tier 1).
The PCA online teachers have been incredibly supportive. They perform one-on-one evaluations, track progress and deficiencies, monitor test scores, and provide Emma with the individual attention she needs.
The best thing about PCA is that Emma’s grandparents are also engaged as Learning Coaches. There is never a loss for conversation at dinner when the family reviews the day’s lessons. It has brought our family even closer together. Emma thinks online schooling is fun!
I like PCA because I get to study from home.