I like to have choices. Don’t we all? We make choices every day- what to eat, what to wear, how to spend our free-time, etc. We make more serious choices too like which healthcare provider to go with, which political candidate to vote for, or where should we send our child to school. Some families don’t have that last choice. They live in an area with only one free public school option.
In Kansas we are blessed to have educational options and we’re celebrating!
Last week we celebrated National School Choice Week with the rest of Insight Schools of Kansas community. National School Choice Week shines a light on the great variety of education options that work best for children – options we are fortunate to have in Kansas. Kansas offers public charter schools, magnet schools, full-time online schools (like the one I work for), private schools, and homeschooling freedom.
I had a wonderful experience as a student. From my kindergarten teacher to each of my high school instructors, I had wonderful educators. I had lots of friends and was really involved through sports, theater, and clubs. I loved school and that’s probably one main things that attracted me to teaching. It’s a good thing I liked my school, because I attended a small school in a rural area, and there were no other schooling options for me. My mom and dad both worked full time and couldn’t have homeschooled me. There were no magnet or charter schools anywhere close. Virtual schools didn’t exist yet, and the closest private school was over 30 miles away.
Right out of high school I went to college to get my teaching certificate in life science. I got a great teaching job at a traditional brick-and-mortar school a week before I graduated, and I’ve never questioned my choice. I love teaching! Eventually, I heard of a free, public, online school in Kansas, called Insight Schools of Kansas. At that time in my life, we were traveling a lot and I thought teaching online could be a temporary option, until my family settled down.
Seven years later, I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Even in my dreams, I could never have imagined then exactly how I’d be teaching: I connect from my house and teach students across Kansas online at their homes. Every school day, we demonstrate together how we can leverage technology to enhance learning for all types of students, including those who have not succeeded at brick-and-mortar schools. I firmly believe that parents and students need to have a say in their child’s education. My students and their parents have a choice as to where they want to enroll. At Insight School of Kansas we know that learning is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor and we celebrate opportunity in education.
Ashley Fryer teaches Science and Health at Insight School of Kansas and is a K12 Teacher Ambassador.