My name is Beth and I am now in my sixth year at Columbia Virtual Academy (CVA). This is a public school which supervises and assesses the student progress while educated in their home. If your student lives in the Orient School District, home schooling is an option. I currently have three students from Orient of my 85 total. Through the use of Lync, Skype, Dropbox, Sky Drive, I can virtually hold a once a month three way portfolio video conference with the student, parent and myself. I currently have 1/3 of my students, video chat me during these conferences and half of my student submitting student sample work virtually. My goal is to record the screenshots of the interactive white board activity in which I will write a problem on an interactive mouse pad while the student will respond with an answer written on his mouse pad. All of this can be viewed on the computer screen, heard through the video recording and hopefully posted to CVA database.
I home schooled my three children for about four years in Washington and North Carolina. In 2000, I returned to college, Eastern Washington University, and obtained a bachelor’s in Elementary Education. In 2005 I obtained an Educational Leadership Master’s Degree and Professional Certification from Gonzaga University. I coached on and off for about 10 years and taught in the brick and mortar classroom for 2.5 years. I grew up in Okanogan, played some sports and just loved a small town. I now fish, hike, four wheel, bake, cook, garden, camp, play basketball, walk, refinish furniture and do a little remodeling. My most recent hobby has been taking photos, one of which I threw in at the top of this posting. I took this on the beach this summer when visiting my three kids. They were all active military in North Carolina, two with college degrees and the third used the GI bill to obtain an underwater welding certification from International Diving Institute of Charleston, South Carolina. I have one child still active and stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C..