Editor’s note: Since last September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a nonprofit tutoring collaborative that began officially in late January but has transformed considerably since. During her journey she has, you could say, stepped beyond the walls of her dream.
On my toughest days, when my schedule is cramped together to make room for additional meetings, interviews with new libraries interested in The Learning Hub’s services, writing assignments and, of course, hosting maker classes, I always set aside the first four hours of the day for homeschooling.
Since the start of the 2016 academic year both Brooklyn, my oldest, and Evian have been enrolled in TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School, and it has been a blessing. TECCA, as it’s known, is a state-approved, K-12 online school that adheres to public school standards — but, for me, its methods and mission are far beyond what I’ve experienced in the average local school.
TECCA’s staff strive to create a school that caters to all learning styles, giving kids the options to participate in additional elective classes based on their preferences and likes. Brook has already begun an independent reading course with an online teacher to help with her reading comprehension. I begged Worcester Public Schools for more than four years for this type of help. It was never available.
Catch up with Giselle’s most recent chapter, The great debate, or scroll down to begin from earlier in her inspiring journey