March 2013 Newsletter - Liberty University Online Academy

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Meet the Faculty

Staci Bell

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If you happen to run into Stacie Bell, one of our middle school teachers, check her feet to see if her shoes match. Once, when she was teaching her fourth grade class, a student raised her hand to ask her teacher why she was wearing two totally different shoes.  Stacie looked down and realized that when she had dressed in a hurry that morning, she didn't look closely at her shoes — at least her student had been paying attention!


Stacie began teaching 15 years ago, and has worked with Liberty University Online Academy for the past four years. She currently teaches middle school science and math. She previously taught fourth grade in Chesapeake, Virginia, and a variety of subjects for Liberty Christian Academy here in Lynchburg. She enjoys helping out as a coach for both the varsity cheerleading and competition squads at the high school.


This July, Stacie and her husband, Brad, will have been married for 15 years. They have two children: a 6-year-old son, Braydon, and a 19-month-old daughter named Kylie. Brad is a physical therapist and leads the “Power Source: Feats of Strength” Power Team. They have traveled all over the world sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through this unique program that presents the power of God through amazing feats of strength like breaking cinder blocks and tearing phone books. Though their travels often take them far away, they claim Virginia as their home state and love being surrounded by the mountains!


Her favorite verse is Acts 1:8.  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.



Meet the Staff

Jay Spencer 

Liberty University Online Academy Academic Dean

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Jay Spencer has been involved in online education for over thirty years. He previously served as dean of the Distance Learning Program and vice president of Enrollment Management at Liberty University. He has been with Liberty Online Academy since its inception in 2007.


Spencer received his B.A. from Tennessee Temple University, his M.A. from Liberty University, and he is currently completing his doctorate through Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. As dean, he also is responsible for Liberty’s non-degree programs offered in the university’s online program, and is an adjunct professor in the School of Religion and department of Psychology.


Although much of his time is spent in the office, attending meetings, or teaching, Spencer's greatest priorities are his Lord and his family. He and his wife of over thirty years, Freda, have four children and four grandsons. In his office, Spencer's favorite photos include his grandsons and his golf heroes. When he is not traveling the world on business or training with his son (a competitive triathlete who recently competed in New Zealand), you can find him on the golf course or with his family.  We are glad to have him at the helm of Liberty Online Academy!



Spiritual Refreshment

Keeping Your Perspective


As the end of the school year looms, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Many times, we allow stress to rule our thoughts and actions instead of taking a step back and prioritizing what is most important.

Maybe that’s how you feel. Take heart — you are not alone in feeling overwhelmed, and you will get through this. Here are a few tips on how to keep perspective during these next few months:


Make A List


Prioritizing the responsibilities in your life helps maintain peace and structure. Have you ever heard the phrase, “major on the majors and minor on the minors?” Try applying that principle as you decide what you need to accomplish first. Then, make your way down your list, checking things off as you go. You may be surprised by how marking tasks off your list can help your perspective.


Take Breaks


While the temptation exists to plow through everything you have to do, you will often be more productive working in short bursts. Try working for 30 minutes at a time and then taking a five minute break. Sometimes, all the brain needs is a few moments of non-academic activity to feel recharged for the next round. If it helps, you can even do jumping jacks or push-ups to get your blood flowing!


Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing


Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we still end up overwhelmed. If you find yourself in a place of exhaustion or defeat, remember to keep your eyes on the prize. Each assignment you work on brings you one step closer to finishing out the year. An assignment may feel like the end of the world, but it is merely a stepping stone to the ultimate goal: graduation. Remember the encouragement of Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.


You can do this with His help and through His grace. Rest still in the promise of Philippians 1:6 that “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.


Press on — you’re almost there!



One of Our Own

Greta Herbert, Sixth Grade


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Greta Herbert and her family are originally from New Orleans, La. They moved to Nashville, Tenn. in 2007 so that Greta’s mom — a singer/songwriter — could be closer to recording studios and performing venues. Her dad is a manager for a Whole Foods Market store. She has a younger brother in the fourth grade, Henry, who also takes classes through Liberty University Online Academy.


When not working on her courses, Greta enjoys working out at the YMCA and cooking healthy food. She likes drawing, painting, and listening to music. She also began taking Kung Fu lessons about six months ago because she says it helps her to be more flexible!


Greta's dad discovered Liberty University Online Academy while researching various educational options, and she and Henry enrolled soon after. She really enjoys her classes and especially likes the freedom she has to plan her day. In the future, Greta would like to pursue broadcast journalism and learn how to play the piano — we hope Liberty Online Academy is a big part of her future, too!



Alumni Spotlight

Andrea Agemy

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Andrea Agemy graduated from Liberty University Online Academy in the spring of 2011. On her way to attend Pensacola Christian College after graduation, she took a detour by way of Taiwan.  Andrea's father had encouraged her to teach English to eager students there.  Andrea said, “Moving to a different country was quite an experience. I loved it! It was fun to experience life outside of America — life that isn't all about going as fast as you can and getting money. I really loved seeing this other culture and how important family was to them. I'm so happy that's what God had in store for my life.”


According to Andrea, the transition wasn't as difficult as it was scary. However, concerns about unfamiliar living conditions and water sanitation were soon dismissed. She learned that the people of Taiwan love America and want to be like Americans in many ways. It also helped that she had many others around her offering encouragement. When asked about her fondest memories, Andrea said, “There are so many good memories, it's hard to choose. It's probably just all the days that I taught. Almost every day there was something special about the kids that made me love them even more.” Now that she is back in the States, Andrea is pursuing her degree in elementary education. She hopes to eventually teach at an orphanage.