My Teenage Daughter is Exploring Two Career Paths, Thanks to Online School
My eighteen-year-old daughter, Sierra, is incredibly resilient. After her grandmother passed away, life changed for Sierra. School became a struggle. She would often come home crying, and reported feeling overwhelmed with classes. It was all having a negative impact on her mental health and it became clear that our local school could not provide the support that she needed.
It was clear a change needed to be made. Sierra asked me to transfer to online school when she wanted to try something new.
Since the transition, Sierra has found the confidence to explore her passions, thanks to the unique career readiness programs offered at Insight Academy of Arizona (ISAZ.)
When many young people are unsure of what their futures hold, Sierra is pursuing her medical certificate through online school and a cosmetology training program in our community. Her interest is growing in both fields, and rather than pick just one, she decided to try them both.
Through the medical assisting program at ISAZ, Sierra is learning necessary skills for entry-level medical assistants. This program increases the likelihood of her getting a job after graduation, which Sierra finds empowering as she considers her options for the future. In the event that she misses a class, Sierra can easily watch the recordings and catch up. This wouldn’t be possible without the flexibility of her online school.
Sierra has told me many times that she wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all that she has at ISAZ at a traditional brick-and-mortar school. Since enrolling in online school, Sierra has made a great group of friends who often call her the “mom” of the friend group, since she is the one they often go to for support.
Sierra strives to be a voice for others going through a hard time, and to be a reminder that even in your darkest times you are never alone.
Enrolling in online school could not have been a more positive decision, both for Sierra’s mental health and her education.
To learn more about Insight Academy of Arizona, visit https://insightaz.k12.com/
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