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  • Writer's pictureKaitlin Coppola

Homeschooling, An Alternative

My path as a special educator into homeschooling.

I value my experience as a public educator in the United States. However, because of systematic and financial barriers to supporting all students, I no longer wanted to continue my work in it after seven years of teaching and leading.

Throughout my time in the district I worked in, I was immensely fortunate to work closely with teams of incredibly talented and knowledgeable educators and support staff. The vast majority of the teams I worked on had brilliant and passionate professionals whose shared intention was to provide the best education possible for each child. I grew as an educator and as a person in my seven years in public education thanks to my amazing colleagues and some powerful professional learning oppertunities.

However, special education teams have large caseloads. They are spread across many schools often traveling to multiple schools in a single day. School staff with large student populations aren’t equipped to support students during meltdowns or handle other student crises that arise. Inclusion teachers don’t have the time to individualize instruction to the wide array of needs in their full classroom.

As a teacher I was wary of homeschooling, I didn’t consider it a viable alternative to a family trying to access public education for their child. However, when I transitioned out of public schools I started exploring more forms of alternative education. I connected with families who had started homeschooling because of failures or mistreatment by the public school system.

I now support neurodiverse families in their homeschooling journey through virtual tutoring in literacy and interest-based topics for children 6-12 years old. I provide coaching for families who can’t find a curriculum that meets their child’s needs and specialize in working with families of children 3-8 years old with unique support needs.

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