podcastED: Veteran Florida Virtual School teacher looks at the past, present and future of virtual education

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Mary Mitchell, an award-winning educator at Florida Virtual School. Mitchell, who started teaching in 1998, was among the first to join the faculty at the state’s premier online public school and wrote one of its earliest biology courses. PEDMaryMitchellPodcast.mp3 –[Read More…]

podcastED: Florida parent credits state’s education choice scholarship for giving daughter a brighter future

On this episode, senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Kristin Hale of Jacksonville, Florida. Hale chose Christ the King Catholic School for her daughter, Ayla, the school she herself attended and where she teachers language arts and reading. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GgOjNf_ELIwRG-0BArVCdeOdQRXOe0C8/view?usp=share_link Until she got married last year, Hale had been a single[Read More…]

Best of 2022: podcastED: The role of infrastructure in education choice success

Editor’s note: In keeping with our year-end tradition, the team at reimaginED reviewed our work over the past 12 months to find stories and commentaries that represent our best content of 2022. This post from reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie is the fourth in our series. On this episode, reimaginED[Read More…]

podcastED: Florida scholarship mom says adding flexibility could benefit her family

On this episode, senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Jacquelyn Forte of Pensacola, Florida. Forte is the mother of four children, including three who attend a Catholic school on state education choice scholarships. Her oldest child, Jude, initially received the McKay Scholarship for Students with Disabilities, which merged this year[Read More…]

podcastED: Edu-preneur helps homeschoolers unlock success

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Melody Bolduc, a homeschooling mother of two daughters and founder of KEYS Educational Resource Center, a faith-based tutoring center for homeschoolers in Jacksonville, Florida. Bolduc says how she wanted to be a teacher as early as first grade, when she[Read More…]

podcastED: New Mexico siblings enjoy customized education thanks to ‘multiple choice’ mom

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Ashley Guerra, a New Mexico parent who for years has customized the education of her two children, Caden, 12, and Emma, 10. New Mexico, while offering robust public school choice, does not have a private school choice option. Guerra and[Read More…]

podcastED: Florida’s Digital Educator of the Year shares secrets to success

On this episode, ReimaginED Senior Writer Lisa Buie talks with Jessica Strong, a sixth-grade English language arts teacher at Florida Virtual School, who recently received the Ron Nieto Digital Educator of the Year Award for 2022. Named in memory of Nieto, who served as Florida’s first deputy commissioner of innovation,[Read More…]

podcastED: Homeschool mom believes universal education savings account would benefit her family

On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Nicole Bradica, a mother of five ranging in age from 14 to 2 years old. The family lives in Chuluota, Florida, a small town of 2,532 residents near Orlando. Bradica, who has been homeschooling her children for 11 years, this[Read More…]