By Terri Beede, Principal and Lead Teacher
Education is my passion. I taught students of all grade levels for more than eight years in public schools in Northeast Montana. From pre-school to high school, I love helping kids of all ability levels reach their potential.
In 2005, I learned about a private distance-learning school that served the educational needs of students being taught at home. Reasons for home-schooling vary, but all of the the school’s enrolled families needed teachers willing to work with them to support the individual needs of each student.
Formerly known as WorldWide IDEA Private Academy, the school’s new name is Brightways Global Academy. I left public education to join the Global Academy as a Certified Support Teacher, and have never looked back! This non-profit, accredited K-12 Academy has been a perfect match for me and my career.
I love that my job is always interesting and fulfilling...
As a Certified Support Teacher, I form true partnerships with families around the globe to help them provide the best possible education for their children. Just a few examples of how my colleagues and I stay busy include:
- Developing an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) with a parent for her special needs elementary son who is being homeschooled due to health and behavioral issues.
- Helping a group of at-risk high school students looking for options to avoid dropping out.
- Researching and talking through the options of online AP courses for several advanced high school students from a military family stationed in South Korea.
- Collaborating with a DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Activity) school for a student who is dually enrolled, half-time in the Academy and half-time at the local school.
- Working with a student who is training in Georgia for the Olympics to ensure he graduates in a timely manner even though his days are extremely divided between practice and travel.
- Planning with and supporting an Air Force family who wants a consistent, stable educational environment (without interruption) for their four children as they routinely move to different locations.
- Coordinating with a New Jersey mother, who recently relocated to Saudi Arabia, to arrange standardized testing for her elementary-aged son and middle school daughter.
- Helping find curriculum materials and delivery methods for a first grade girl living with her government service-employed parents in war-torn Ukraine so that she can download and work through her coursework on her tablet because they are commonly offline and sometimes have to quickly move to a safer location.
Every situation is unique, and I love how the Academy’s flexibility supports each family’s individual needs!
Flexibility and support like no other.
Homeschooling can be daunting for parents. With the Global Academy, each family has true flexibility to choose curriculum resources that best meets their child’s needs, select educational materials that match their student’s learning style, and use methods and strategies that suit their teaching style. The Academy supports, guides and validates the parent’s teaching with certified teachers (like me!), and by providing learning objectives, testing, documentation, and accredited transcripts and diplomas.
The parents are ultimately their children’s primary teacher, and I help to:
- Guide parents in choosing an appropriate standards-based curriculum
- Oversee development of the child’s Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
- Answer academic and teaching questions
- Suggest educational materials and online resources
- Maintain the student’s records, which includes documenting the hours spent on studies
- Coordinate standardized testing and assessments
- Review progress reports
- Develop plans meeting graduation requirements and post-graduation goals
- Support the parents and students in a variety of other ways needed to ensure success
The Academy’s success stories are countless.
Consider Joshua, who graduated from the Academy while his family was stationed in Japan. He fell in love with the Japanese language and culture and is currently studying Linguistics at Ball State University.
Or Corey, a computer whiz, who benefited from the Academy’s flexibility so he could focus his studies on computer applications and animation, enabling him to advance faster than most students in college. Upon graduating from our Academy, Corey was college-ready and seamlessly transitioned into ITT Tech.
Christian graduated from the Academy a month earlier than planned and was accepted to Taylor University in Indiana, receiving a scholarship because of his stellar GPA and ACT scores. The personal discipline and study skills he developed through the Academy made the transition to college a breeze.
I couldn’t be more proud of these and all our other Academy graduates!
For any family considering homeschooling their children – regardless of grade or ability levels – I would highly recommend the Brightways Global Academy. The Academy’s staff, my fellow teachers, and I will be with you every step of the way to provide outstanding guidance and support to meet your family’s educational needs.
For more information about Brightways Global Academy, visit our website.
Terri completed her undergraduate degree with a double major in Elementary and Special Education, emphasizing in Supportive Employment from Montana State University-Billings. While living in Glasgow, Montana, teaching a range of 3rd Grade and PreK-12 Special Ed, she earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Level Leadership from the University of Montana.