17 episodes

Every Family Should Be Able To Answer The Question, “Do You Love Your School?” With A Resounding “YES!”When it comes to education in West Virginia, families have so many possibilities… We’re here to help families explore the many school options available and celebrate each one through creative storytelling, relevant and fun resources, and practical support so every family can love their school!

We Have Hope Love Your School West Virginia

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Every Family Should Be Able To Answer The Question, “Do You Love Your School?” With A Resounding “YES!”When it comes to education in West Virginia, families have so many possibilities… We’re here to help families explore the many school options available and celebrate each one through creative storytelling, relevant and fun resources, and practical support so every family can love their school!

    14. Dynamic Dyslexia & Speech with Jaimee Szymanski

    14. Dynamic Dyslexia & Speech with Jaimee Szymanski

    Did you know that Dyslexia affects one in five people?
    One of those people is Jaimee Szymanski’s sister. Over the years, Jaimee watched her mother help her sister learn, and  she developed a passion for helping others with dyslexia. She went on to become a speech language pathologist that specializes in dyslexia diagnosis and tutoring.
    Jaimee’s mission is to help parents and students obtain & navigate their diagnosis and move forward with the proper tutoring & services. She owns Dynamic Dyslexia & Speech in Weirton, West Virginia, where she works with families from multiple states.
    We learned a lot from our discussion with Jaimee, and we believe that you will too! 


    Episode Highlights:
    Jaimee’s backgroundHow Jaimee got into the field of Dyslexia & Speech PathologyWhat is dyslexia?What can parents expect from Dynamic Dyslexia & Speech?

    More on Jaimee: 
    Dynamic Dyslexia & Speech WebsiteDynamic Dyslexia & Speech FacebookEmail: dynamicdyslexiaandspeech@gmail.com Phone: 304-639-9104

    More on Love Your School/Links Mentioned in Episode:
    Visit Our Show Notes Page HERE!Kim@loveyourschoolwv.orgLeah@loveyourschoolwv.org www.loveyourschool.orgVisit our Facebook HERE!

    • 55 min
    13. Eyes and Brains STEM Center with Eric Eisenbrey

    13. Eyes and Brains STEM Center with Eric Eisenbrey

    Eyes and Brains STEM Center in Elkins, WV is focused on providing an independence driven, student led learning experience. Founder and Director Eric Eisenbrey had taught in the public school system for ten years, and ended each school year feeling like he was coming up short. He felt that students’ needs were not being met, and he was determined to create something to meet those needs. 
    In his research, Eric came across the concept of microschools, and it clicked. After much research, he started Eyes & Brains STEM Center. The center offers nontraditional instruction, as well as offering a Lego Robotics program. 
    Listen in as we chat with Eric about this unique learning opportunity! 


    Episode Highlights:
    Eric’s Background in EducationHow Eric got started with Eyes & Brains STEM CenterWhat is the Eyes & Brains STEM Center?What does Eyes & Brains STEM Center offer?

    More on Guest: 
    Eyes & Brains STEM Center WebsiteEyes & Brains STEM Center FacebookInstagram: @eyesandbrainsstemcenterEmail: eric@eyesandbrains.org 

    More on Love Your School/Links Mentioned in Episode:
    Visit Our Show Notes Page HERE!Kim@loveyourschoolwv.orgLeah@loveyourschoolwv.org www.loveyourschool.orgVisit our Facebook HERE!Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto

    • 35 min
    12. Post Pandemic Education - A Time for Change with Marc LeBlond from Ed Choice

    12. Post Pandemic Education - A Time for Change with Marc LeBlond from Ed Choice

    Welcome back to We Have Hope!
    Today, we are chatting with Marc LeBlond, Director of Policy for Ed Choice. Ed Choice is the intellectual legacy of Milton Friedman. Their mission is to advance educational freedom and choice for all children as a pathway to successful lives and a stronger society.
    Marc grew up in Connecticut and comes from a school choice family with three other siblings. Growing up, his grandmother paid for him to attend private school. He now has four children of his own and lives with his wife and kids in Pennsylvania. Marc’s family has explored educational options from public schools, to public charter schools, homeschooling, and his children are now in private Christian School.
    Marc and his family are passionate about school choice. We hope you enjoy this week’s episode!

    Episode Highlights:
    Why are people opposed to school choice?Post Pandemic Education - a time for change

    More on Guest: 
    Ed Choice Website

    More on Love Your School/Links Mentioned in Episode:
    Visit Our Show Notes Page HERE!Kim@loveyourschoolwv.orgLeah@loveyourschoolwv.org www.loveyourschool.orgVisit our Facebook HERE!

    • 37 min
    11. Empowering Parents to Advocate for Their Children with Christine Dougherty

    11. Empowering Parents to Advocate for Their Children with Christine Dougherty

    It’s time to empower parents to have a voice in their children’s education.
    In today’s episode, we chat with Christine Dougherty of The National Coalition for Public School Options, a nonprofit parent volunteer led school choice advocacy association. The program started in 2008, and has grown to service 36 states in the US. The goal is to provide unlimited access to schools of choice for parents.
    We hope you will take some time out of your day to listen to our discussion about school choice options and empowering parents to advocate for their children!

    Episode Highlights:
    What is The National Coalition for Public School Options?Who does the PSO help?How to get involved

    More on Guest: 
    National Coalition for Public School Options Website

    More on Love Your School/Links Mentioned in Episode:
    Visit Our Show Notes Page HERE!Kim@loveyourschoolwv.orgLeah@loveyourschoolwv.org www.loveyourschool.orgVisit our Facebook HERE!

    • 26 min
    10. Virtual Charter School Teacher Chat

    10. Virtual Charter School Teacher Chat

    In today’s episode, we sat down with some of the teachers from West Virginia Virtual Academy to discuss virtual learning with a charter school. We discussed how each of them got into virtual teaching, some of the benefits of virtual learning, their experiences and more! Virtual learning provides flexibility that cannot be afforded in a traditional classroom. Some students thrive in this flexible environment, while others do better in a brick and mortar setting.
    Every family’s needs are different, and it is our goal to explore school choice and help families find the best fit for them! We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did!


    Episode Highlights:
    Introduction to teachersDiscussion of how they got into virtual teachingBenefits of Virtual LearningWhat a typical day looks likeDiscussion about school choice

    More on our Guests: 
    West Virginia Virtual Academy Website

    More on Love Your School:
    Visit Our Show Notes Page HERE!Kim@loveyourschoolwv.orgLeah@loveyourschoolwv.org www.loveyourschool.orgVisit our Facebook HERE!

    • 47 min
    9. A Pivotal Moment for Virtual Charter Schools in WV with Doug Cipoletti

    9. A Pivotal Moment for Virtual Charter Schools in WV with Doug Cipoletti

    Did you know that you have options when it comes to virtual charter schools in WV?
    West Virginia Virtual Academy is a Virtual Charter School providing education with live instruction from Kindergarten to Tenth Grade in the entire state. The school is in its first year in existence, and currently has 377 students enrolled.

    Offering career based classes beginning in middle school, WVVA helps give students the opportunity to get a heads up on their future.
    Please join us today as we talk with Head of School, Doug Cipoletti about WVVA and how they operate!


    Episode Highlights:
    Overview of West Virginia Virtual AcademyBackground for Doug CipolettiThe future of school choice in WV

    More on WVVA: 
    West Virginia Virtual Academy Website304-807-9370 x1001

    More on Love Your School/Links Mentioned in Episode:
    Visit Our Show Notes Page HERE!Kim@loveyourschoolwv.orgLeah@loveyourschoolwv.org www.loveyourschool.orgVisit our Facebook HERE!

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

JennyRimszaClarkmom ,

Local is best! Families need to listen to this!

WOW! If you’re looking for information about education options in WV - tune in! Kim and Leah are funny and fantastic, and share the real truth as moms in WV about the Hope Scholarship, school choice, and everything in between. Grateful for their voices on these important issues that every family is thinking about!

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Amazing show

This is a podcast with an amazing mission. Leak and Kim are wonderful and passionate. I can’t wait to hear more!

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