WYVA student Raphel Tucker at Cinque Terre, Italy
Written by Jenna Needham
Being in a military family means that there is a possibility that your family will have to frequently move. What people don’t realize is that the children of these families often have trouble maintaining a stable education. This was the case for Raphel Tucker before joining Wyoming Virtual Academy (WYVA).
After living in Japan for the first seven years of his life, Raphel's father, who is a master sergeant in the Air Force, was re-stationed to Wyoming. After starting 2nd grade at his new brick and mortar school, his teachers quickly noticed that Raphel was too advanced for 2nd grade and wanted to move him to the 4th grade at only 7 years old.
“We didn't want to do that to him. We recently moved from another Air Force base and he was just getting adjusted to his new classroom, but we also didn't want him to be bored in school and not challenged enough,” said Raphel’s mother, Tina.
This situation made Tina look into other schooling options that may better suit Raphel. Together, they thoroughly researched alternative schools and found that WYVA could be the perfect fit. They applied and enrolled as soon as they could and he has been there ever since.
“Raphel can work at an advanced pace and is constantly stimulated and learning. There are many classes for him to choose from including AP and honors courses. He pretty much can take as many classes and electives as he can handle,” Tina explained. “Even though he has Class Connect lectures he attends with multiple students, he benefits from the one-on-one attention from his teachers, as well as from teacher office hours for further guidance if need be.”
When Raphel’s father began getting stationed around the world again, WYVA was there to provide an educational option that was the best fit for the family. In 2011, his family moved to Aviano, Italy, where they are currently stationed, and Raphel was able to make the transcontinental move without interfering with his education.