Posted May 31, 2017
5 years ago Marissa started the online learning expedition with IQ Academy, I say expedition because it was just that, a journey with many hills, mountains, and obstacles. The biggest obstacle was herself, a huge procrastinater and little motivation for homework. I remember many meetings with the teachers and counselors to help get her on the right path and keep her there. I also recall conversations stating that I was finished fighting with her over school work and someone was always there to talk sense into me. I don't regret my daughter doing online learning, in fact I feel that her student/teacher time was more than a regular school would've been. She went through the transition from IQ Academy to Manhattan Virtual Academy with other students and many of the IQ faculty. The learning opportunities did not stop with that transformation, it grew. The commitment of the staff and desire for the students to succeed is remarkable.
Mr. Leddy, you don't know how much we appreciated the 8:30pm distress calls to you. You helped ease the frustration and anxiety with assignments and labs she didn't understand. We can't forget Mr. Post (IQ Academy), he would drive all over to meet with students just to help them with classes they were having trouble in. And I'll never forget Mrs. Schultz, she drove to Topeka to represent MVA when Marissa won 2nd in her class group for the Happy Birthday Kansas student photo contest. These were not required for them to do, they just did it, for the the students. There's been more support for her in these last 5 years with MVA than she got in the traditional brick and mortar school. And with that I'd like to say thank you. Thank you for putting the students first, for being a support system for them when they are struggling, and for helping them succeed and reach their goals. It's hard to say goodbye, but always know it's teachers and faculty like you that will forever leave a lasting impression on both the students and parents alike. I wish you all the very best in the years following. Thank you for all you've done to help our daughter succeed in school.
In closing, I'd just like to say thank you again for your time, patience, and generosity you've shown to my daughter and all of the students, past, present, and future. Your kindness and genuine care for your students will not go unrewarded, for they will take with them the knowledge and experience you've given them and pass it to those they will encounter on their next adventure. Thank you again for all you have done.
Elizabeth (Liddie) Vaughn