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To My Dear TEA Families,

Normally when we share the joyous greeting, Happy Spring, it’s while watching children playing outdoors, attending art days, visiting museums, rehearsing for their spring production, sharing their accounts of ‘accepted student day’ campus visits, or a myriad other events in the busy lives of our very engaged students and their families. Unfortunately, in this historic public health crisis, all of these kinds of normal activities have been cancelled, and most of our students and parents are making the best of their education within their home in an act of social distancing. 

Of utmost importance is the health of all of our students and their families. Please take all precautions, and be especially cautious for those who have immune-deficiencies and underlying health conditions. My heart also goes out to you who are caring for your elderly parents and other older relatives. Your health comes first - far ahead of school. And your emotional health is a close second to your physical health, if not the flip side of the same coin. So, after I adjusted my expectations of what would be accomplished the rest of this semester (... Who knows what? ‘Whatever’ will be plenty!) and realized that government and education entities understand how difficult this situation is for us as learners, teachers, and administrators, it helped me calm down and not be as worried.

I know that doesn’t change the wonderful things that have been cancelled this semester or early summer that you’ll miss; or the difficulties presented by not taking the SAT/ACT as planned; or not being able to visit campuses to make final college decisions. And, for seniors, possibly missing some senior year events - proms, parties, even graduations. I hope most or all of these special events can go on, but most importantly, I hope that you and no one you love gets sick with this virus.

Interestingly, now our entire nation of K-12 students is being referred to as homeschoolers. Welcome aboard, Everyone! In this regard, our community is extremely well prepared for this public health crisis! So, as we continue our studies at home, even if we had been meeting outside our home for some or most of our classes, we know how to learn in this manner - which is more in line with college-style learning, and we know that we are responsible for our education. So, at least having to stay home AND ‘do school’ is only a partial shock to our systems. And being with one or both of our parents all the time? No problem! We trained them well a long time ago, right, kids? LOL! (Just joking, Moms and Dads!)

Please let me know if you need my guidance on completing your academic year or any kind of assistance, especially my high schoolers. If you find you need added tech assistance, let me know and we’ll dig into our depth of IT experts who will find your solution. And if you aren’t paid while you can’t work, and don’t know where to find resources, definitely contact me. Also, TEA enrollment renewals will be live soon, and no one in this kind of situation will be left out.

Look for regular email notices on typical matters as well as updates effected by the Coronavirus. And definitely please let me know if anyone in your family becomes infected so we may keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

Always with my love, and best wishes for peace, hope and joy,

Wendy




NO NEW FAMILIES BEING ENROLLED NOW OR IN FUTURE YEARS

TEA no longer is enrolling any new families. This applies to future years as well. Neither is TEA maintaining a ‘waiting list’. After nearly 25 years of directing oversight programs and nearing retirement age, I am scaling back to allow more family time in my life. Thank you to all who have inquired or made referrals — please understand that I will not have time to respond to the many families who contact my office about new enrollment. 

Warm wishes!

Wendy



The Excelsior Academy

The Excelsior Academy (TEA) is a highly respected home education oversight program registered with the Maryland State Department of Education to provide legal oversight to Maryland homeschool students. It is directed by a home education professional with over 30 years experience in the field. TEA knows that each child deserves a truly individualized learning experience and gives families the freedom to create a learning program that best meets their child's needs while fully complying with all State regulations. TEA is supportive of all homeschool methods, from traditional to whole child-centered, and has no religious affiliation requirements.


What people are saying about TEA ….

  • Thank you so much for all that you do!!! I feel so blessed to have found The Excelsior Academy, and just in case you ever forget, you are making life and homeschooling infinitely better for all the families who have come after you!
  • Again, I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful experience TEA has been. You have been so wonderful in providing information and any and all help we have needed both academically and emotionally. Your knowledge extends to all aspects of education. You have been truly invaluable!
  • One of the best things about you is your ability to make us feel that the world is open to us and all we have to do is reach for it. :) My daughter was smiling from ear to ear when we finished and I felt very relieved also.
  • Thank you so much for a wonderful graduation.  You put so much work into it from the decorations, senior party, gifts to seniors and moms, goody bags, personal photos of every student, etc.  But what is the most impressive is how you know and address each senior on stage, ask them personal questions, ad lib some more, and make them feel so special.  I've never seen anything like it - it makes it so unique.  I can't imagine a more special or memorable graduation.  
  • Thank you for everything you have done this year to help our son graduate, pick a major, get scholarships, and get into college. Forever grateful! 
  • Thank you for all you do. You always make things special and fun for the kids.  We love your attitude and enthusiasm.
  •  You are ever so thoughtful and making people feel so welcome. And as always, it was so great to see your smiling face and feel the exuberant presence you bring to a room.  We as TEA families are blessed to have you as our "fearless leader".  
  • Thank you so much for a wonderful graduation celebration today!  My family and I were so impressed with how warm and intimate the commencement ceremony was.  My mother in law even commented that this was the "best" graduation she has ever attended (and she has been to quite a few for her grandchildren. I am extremely honored to be a part of The Excelsior Academy family.
  • Thank you Wendy. It's been so wonderful to have had you as our advisor these past many years. You made homeschool doable for us. I never thought when we started this adventure, that we'd be able to do it through highschool. But each year shed light a little farther ahead, so little by little we realized it was possible. You have been our guiding light, Wendy. Thanks to you we were able to successfully follow our dream of educating our children outside the norm of school in a building.  Although we've had our challenges, I feel that our girls have a stronger sense of self, a closer bond with each other, they've had more time to spend on creative endeavors, we've had more time together as a family, and we now have the satisfaction of knowing that we provided the kind of education that we wanted for our girls - and it likely helped ... gain access to a great local college with a scholarship. I couldn't be any happier. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your wonderful guidance and support. You're the greatest.
  • Thanks for all you did for us. Homeschooling was the best decision we could have made.
  • You words of encouragement kept me going many a day.
  • Our homeschool community is so blessed to have you as a leader.  The love and dedication you give to each and every kid is just amazing!
  • I remember last summer when I was thinking about doing this and full of fear - you said "if you do this, I guarantee when we talk next year you'll tell me your son is happier, is making friends and things are working much better." Well, you were completely right. Your words stuck with me and it has all come true. I'm taking it a year at a time - but I must say I can't really see myself ever sending him back to traditional school. We'll see, but for now, this is working!! Thanks a bunch