Hope academy update by molly fisher, principal
Living in the USA, and in Johnson County, KS, it can be easy to take education for granted. I’ve celebrated my kids graduating from high school, but I always just assumed they would. The girls at Hope Academy range academically from those who will easily graduate high school, to those for whom it will be an uphill battle, and I have learned not to take for granted an education. Learning is a privilege and should bring joy, but too often school is boring and learning is hard, so discouraged kids give up. I’m sure you’ve all heard, if not uttered the words yourself, “When am I ever going to use this?”, “What’s the point”? I will not tell you that we have fixed the educational dilemma at Hope Academy. Because of our small group, we are lucky enough to see improvement in attitude and academic standing nearly 100% of the time. Working with a virtual school has allowed the girls here to learn at their own pace, and figure out study habits that do or do not work. Many surprise themselves that when they do not have to learn at a set speed, they learn things they never knew. As a teacher, one of my greatest joys is seeing that brain-lightbulb click on, and see enthusiasm for learning. Discouragement though, rears its ugly head still, so anytime you think of the girls here, lift them up in prayer.