Liberty University Online Academy January 2013 Newsletter
During the month of May, we will be utilizing the Stanford 10 Online Test for our standardized testing. According to the Pearson website, “the online version of the Stanford Achievement Test Series — the leading standard in achievement testing for more than 80 years — allows for automated capture of student responses and real-time reporting and scoring, providing immediate, reliable data to evaluate student performance and plan effective instruction.”
The Stanford 10 Online test results help Liberty University Online Academy measure the success of our curriculum when compared to other students nationwide. The results are not reported to anyone but LUOA administration, and they are helpful in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of our program. Watch for more information (coming in March) on how to register your student.
Liberty University Online Academy Goes International
Since its beginning, Liberty Online Academy has enrolled many internationally-based students. Most of these students are United States citizens who are from missionary or military families living in other countries. In the past year, we have been contacted by several overseas organizations looking to partner with us in bringing Christian education to their part of the globe.
In Fall 2011, Mr. Randy Teo talked with the Liberty Online Academy administration about his vision of providing Christian education in Southeast Asia. This past February, Dr. Harvey Klamm and Dean Jay Spencer traveled to the region to conduct seminars and solidify their partnership with Teo’s organization, Teach Asia. Seminars were held in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Hong Kong over a two-week period. These conferences have resulted in many new students studying with our school.
In the summer of 2012, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary Graduate, Dr. Seoung Jung, contacted Liberty Online Academy about a similar partnership in South Korea. Dean Spencer visited with Jung and a group of pastors this past September in Seoul, specifically regarding their interest in partnering with Korean Christian schools. These discussions resulted in a working relationship with Jiguchon Christian Academy and Global Christian Academy.
Close to 100 students are now enrolled in Liberty Online Academy through these partnerships. An online English Language Institute partnership with Rosetta Stone is also in development. This cooperative will allow the school to assist in the English Language Instruction already happening in the Korean Christian schools, in order to enroll additional students in the English courses through Liberty Online Academy.
Similar requests have been received from China, Ecuador, Italy, and Albania.
Daniel and Doris Boyers
Liberty Online Academy is blessed to have teachers that have dedicated their lives to serving God through their teaching careers. Daniel and Doris Boyers live in Lynchburg, Va., and are both social studies teachers. Daniel earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Military Institute and later added a Master of Education with a concentration in administration and supervision from Liberty University.
Before settling in as a sixth grade American history teacher and a cross country coach, Daniel taught English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in South America.
Doris is originally from northeastern Pennsylvania. She earned two degrees from Liberty — a bachelor’s in social studies education and a Master of Education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction. Doris began teaching in the public schools and a few years later, she met and married Daniel, whose love and knowledge of history was a perfect fit for the start of a business, “VA Set the Standard.”
VA Set the Standard (www.vasetthestandard.com) is a home-based, family-owned business devoted to creating unique resources for teaching American history. Doris enjoys sharing her talents in music and art with her children: Anna (4), Sophia (3), and Danielle (2), and is expecting another baby in 2013. We are glad they are part of the Liberty Online Academy teaching staff, and appreciate the impact they make on students.
When you call Liberty University Online Academy, you might have the privilege of speaking with Admissions Counselor Matthew Luckey. Matt has been part of our team since 2009, helping parents and students as they seek educational solutions for grades 3-12. He grew up in the small town of Marathon in western New York, and went to Word of Life Bible Institute after graduating from high school. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in youth ministry from Davis College.
In 2003, Matt became a driver for the traveling group, The King’s Players. This was a great opportunity for him to travel and minister. There, he met his wife, Jilayne. Matt started working at Liberty in 2007 and moved into the position of admissions counselor at Liberty Online Academy in 2009. He and his wife have been blessed with three wonderful children — Elizabeth (5), Caylee (3), and Ethan (1) — and they look forward to welcoming another son in early 2013. Matt will also complete his seminary degree in 2013.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys woodworking, writing, drawing, and photography. He also enjoys family hiking and camping trips, and watching the sunset.
Name: Ocean Marie van der Bol-Costa, age 15.
I have three younger siblings — Sage (13), James (7), and Ziva-Rose (4) — and I live on Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. I am part of a local theater group called Young At Arts (YAA). The group meets three times a week to practice everything from pure improvisation to stage plays and singing. I have been in a local television show that has yet to air and have starred in a short film premiering locally this month. I also love playing volleyball. I practice twice a week and am going to be on our national girls’ volleyball team the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013.
In my free time, I am a voracious reader and am writing my very own fantasy novel. I love to sing and listen to music as much as possible. I enjoy going out on our family boat, visiting the beach, and swimming in Cayman's beautiful waters.
I love being a Liberty University Online Academy student because of the flexibility. Being able to take a day off for conching ( conch, pronounced "conk," is a local seafood that is in season once a year) and boating during vacations while other kids are in school is great.
My plans for the future are to attend college – hopefully at Liberty University – where I plan to have two majors, drama and nursing.
Originally from Atlanta, GA, Sarah Spillar graduated from Liberty University Online Academy in 2008. She went on to attend Liberty University and graduated with a B.S. in Western Legal Traditions and Government. She is currently continuing her education by obtaining a Master of Public Policy degree.
During college, Sarah worked as the Office and Legal Assistant at Liberty Counsel, an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization providing pro bono legal assistance. After graduation, Sarah served as the Regional Field Coordinator in the Campus Leadership Program at the Leadership Institute. She was responsible for starting and supporting conservative student groups and publications on campuses in the Midwest and the District of Columbia.
Sarah presently serves as the campus engagement director at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, D.C. She works to identify, engage, and mobilize key pro-Israel political activists from more than 3,000 college campuses, in order to deliver tangible assets to the wider pro-Israel political movement.
Along with her job and other commitments, Sarah currently serves as the President of the Liberty University Online Academy Alumni Association.
While attending Liberty University, Sarah was a member of the Debate Team and Moot Court Team. She also served in various capacities for Liberty’s Stand with Israel Club (SWI), the Pre-Law Society, Liberty Student Government Association, and served as a Justice on the Student Supreme Court. Sarah was an inaugural member of the Dean’s Council, an advisory board to the Dean of the Helms School of Government, a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (American Political Science Association), and was awarded the Helms School of Government’s Ronald S. Godwin Award in 2012 for her activism on campus.
Sarah has been a featured speaker at various conferences and on television, including appearances at Christians United for Israel Washington, D.C. Summit (2011), Tidewater Jewish Community Center’s Sababa Sunday (2011), AIPAC Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit (2011), FOX News, On The Record with Greta Van Susteren, and AIPAC Policy Conference 2012 — The Hashemite Kingdom Panel.