Reagan Braswell was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2010 when she was 7-years-old. Her frequent doctor’s appointments would sometimes cause her to miss classes at her brick and mortar school. After 4th grade, her family decided it was best to make the switch to Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA).
“We made the switch to online school after she was hospitalized with Crohn’s disease and to better attend to her needs,” her mother, Michele Braswell said. “We can’t express enough how supportive the team of teachers have been to us as parents and also Reagan.”
Reagan is now easily able to watch class connect sessions on her own time to catch up on what she has missed when she has doctor appointments.
“My teachers are all super sweet and caring during Class Connects,” Reagan said. “If I ever struggle with something and need to go back and redo a couple things GCA allows me all the time to understand the concept before I need to move on.”
“This is a great way for her to catch up and not miss any important material,” Michele said. “Much better than borrowing a friends notes!”
A typical day for Reagan is completing school work in the morning and then going to a barn near their house to ride horses, one of her favorite pastimes. She has been riding and participating in barn shows for three years now and is a part of the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) Team at the Go With It Farm.
Reagan placed second in a regional competition in her flat class, and placed first in her class in zones at the 2016 Nationals in Lexington, Kentucky at the famous Kentucky Horse Park. The team has finished their regular season and will be competing at Regionals this month.
“Her teachers send lots of praise on her progress both in school and her extracurricular activities,” Michele said. “She emails her teachers and sends pictures from her shows and they are so sweet to respond to her. This year, her homeroom/math teacher attended one of her shows! She still keeps in touch with a previous GCA teacher who has interest in horses as well.”
Reagan is currently working on her second semester of 8th grade and is looking forward to starting high school next year.