“Susan makes a positive difference in many peoples’ lives. She provides the human element that is critical to the success of our school and our students,"said Tambri McKinney,Smart Horizons Career Online Education's Director of Curriculum.
Tallahassee, FL (PRWEB) September 7, 2010
Describing herself as “the human factor” for students enrolled in Smart Horizons Career Online Education (SHCOE), Susan McLeod has hit the ground running since being hired as the company’s Lead Academic Coach in July of this year. A National Board Certified Teacher since 2005, McLeod has taken on the role of primary contact person for SHCOE’s growing population of online students.
Holding a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a B.S. in Education, McLeod has been an award-winning educator in Northwest Florida for two decades. Among her many accomplishments are the writing of a professional development manual for teachers, serving as a trainer for school curriculum development, and being a presenter at the National Board Certified Teachers Conference in 2008. She served as Curriculum Coordinator and Language Arts Instructor at Pensacola Beach Elementary School prior to joining Smart Horizons Career Online Education.
“I’m a liaison for the students in the Smart Horizons Career Online Education program—their voice if they need one,” McLeod said. “If they have problems with their online high school courses, perhaps having difficulty passing a certain section, I’m able to look over the course and give them study tips and strategies to help get them through it. Even if they have technical problems, like not being able to log on, I will connect them with the person who can resolve that.”
McLeod has reached out to each student enrolled in Smart Horizons Career Online Education since joining the company. “I’ve already contacted all of the current students, called them and sent them e-mails, to let them know that I’m here for them,” McLeod said. “Eighty-five percent of our students are maintaining a ‘B’ average or better, so I’ve also been offering praise and encouragement. Most of our students are adults who have not been in school for 15 or 20 years, so all of this can seem difficult, and I want them to be as comfortable as possible. These students are very motivated to earn high school credits online. ”
“Susan makes a positive difference in many peoples’ lives,” said Tambri McKinney, Smart Horizons Career Online Education's Director of Curriculum. “She provides the human element that is critical to the success of our school and our students. “It takes a special person like Susan to understand each student as an individual and to select the blend of assistance and motivation that ensures that person’s success.” Smart Horizons Career Online Education gives students returning to the education process an opportunity to earn a high school diploma online as well as complete course work for a career certificate in one online program. Courses are currently offered in the fields of health care, early childhood education, transportation services, homeland security, protection services, and office management.
Plans call for hiring four additional academic coaches, one each for the areas of social studies, science, English, and mathematics. “We’ll be forming an academic coaching support team to do as much as we can to assist these students,” McLeod said. “Our core competency is reaching out to adults who were not successful in their academics the first time around. We want to help them to better themselves by improving their career opportunities, and we hope many of them will want to move on to postsecondary career training institutions. An accredited online high school program is welcomed by this adult population.”
About Smart Horizons Career Online Education: Smart Horizons Career Online Education, a private adult online high school district, is a national leader in delivering affordable, career-based online education to students throughout the world. Founded in 2009 and located in Pensacola, Florida, Smart Horizons Career Online Education offers complete career-based online high school diplomas and career (credentialed) certificate in the fields of healthcare, early childhood education, transportation services, homeland security, protection services, and office management. For more information, visit our website at http://www.smarthorizonsonline.org , call our office at 800-261-6248 or email our office at hliebman(at)smarthorizonsonline(dot)org.