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Each year since Wyoming Governor Matt Mead’s entered office he has taken time from his busy schedule to meet with Wyoming Virtual Academy (WYVA) families in a virtual assembly.  Governor Mead has been very supportive of our online school.   At this year’s assembly, Governor Mead discussed how we have one of the biggest state land masses in Wyoming, and our families are often very far from schools based on their family occupations.  This is important because online education gives students the opportunity to have high quality education even in the most remote parts of our state.

WYVA students got the unique opportunity to show the Governor the diverse areas of where we live across the state.  He loved watching the students interact with the virtual whiteboard!

Governor Mead discussed that Wyoming has a very big tourism industry and the farming and ranching industry brings in the third highest amount of revenue nationwide.  In sharing this he let our students know that many of their parents are in those fields and that online education is truly a blessing to families who travel long hours, work out of their city or need the option to be able to travel with their families.

Governor Mead shared with us that he has been impressed with WYVA and the successes we have had over the years.  He congratulated the students on all their hard work.

Governor Mead ended the assembly by encouraging students to get into public service of any kind because it is the most rewarding thing he has ever done.

On behalf of WYVA, we want to thank our local politicians for supporting the students of Wyoming who learn virtually.  Thank you Governor Mead!

About The Author

Jennifer Schultze

Jennifer Schultze teaches music in grades 7-12 and serves as an advisor to high school students at Wyoming Virtual Academy (WYVA). Prior to joining WYVA in July 2008, Jennifer was a general music teacher, high school choir director and middle school band director for eight years. Jennifer graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. In 2006 she received a master’s of science in curriculum, instruction and assessment from Walden University.  In addition, she is a concurrent professor for Eastern Wyoming College.  Jennifer lives in Buffalo, Wyoming, with her husband, who is a deputy sheriff, and their five children. Jennifer loves coffee, reading, blogging, and spending time with her family.

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