Kaleb Davis has had a tough time in traditional school for as long as he can remember.
His mother, Chantelle, would be contacted by Kaleb’s teachers to talk about her son’s issues in the classroom setting as early as pre-school. As a student with autism, Kaleb was only ever hoping for a teacher who understood his condition. Chantelle recalls teachers in the brick and mortar setting deeming her son “unteachable” and being put in the back of the classroom.
“In 2nd grade is where it really became a problem. He was in a new school where I thought things would be better, but I started getting phone calls almost every day,” said Chantelle. “A social worker and I tried an Individualized Education Program (IEP) but I continued to receive phone calls. I finally just moved him to a different school that was closer to me so I could go into school when I received these calls.”
For a time when Kaleb finally had the IEP in place, a social worker who he liked, and teachers willing to work with him, things in school were okay.
But when Kaleb got to 4th grade, both his special education teacher and his social worker were moved to different schools. This was extremely hard on Kaleb, who needs a set routine to thrive. He refused to cooperate with the new special education teacher assigned to him and that’s when Chantelle knew she needed a new option.
Chantelle enrolled Kaleb at Highpoint Virtual Academy of Michigan (HVAM). He quickly found a new favorite teacher, Mrs. Feldotte.
“She makes him feel like he is the most important kid that she works with,” said Chantelle. “I can recall a time we were out during the day and Kaleb said, “Mommy, we really have to wrap this up! I’m supposed to be online with Mrs. Feldotte in 20 minutes!” It tickled me to pieces!”
Now in 5th grade, Kaleb is thriving at HVAM. He’s even advanced from reading at a first grade level to a third grade level with the help of Mrs. Feldotte!