Great Lakes Learning Academy News

July 14, 2019

GLLA graduate Crystal James balanced a busy performance art schedule with the flexibility of online school! Crystal and Superintendent Heather Ballien discuss the online school program on Lansing City Pulse (segment starts at 20:00)

July 12, 2019

GLLA Superintendent Heather Ballien joins WGVUto discuss National Summer Learning Week and ways families can continue learning throughout the summer break

July 11, 2019

GLLA alumna Madison Massara and student Luca Massara chat with WGVUabout balancing schoolwork and aspiring ballet careers! The siblings are headed to an international master class this summer

May 30, 2019

GLLA senior Matthias Feldpausch has been busy his last semester of high school, developing his own video game! Learn more about his independent elective in the Ionia Sentinel-Standard

April 17, 2019

GLLA student Faith Clark shares her experience with online school and her success with the Midland Flames basketball team in this Record & Clarionprofile

March 14, 2019

GLLA student Vindhya Raman uses the flexibility of online school to balance schoolwork and a competitive tennis schedule! Hear more from Vindhya and her father on WDIV

January 14, 2019

GLLA alum Jeffrey Crouch isn’t letting life’s obstacles stop him from pursuing a career helping others! Jeff discusses his journey as a blind man and his goals for the future in this ABC12 interview

November 24, 2018

GLLA student Christina Feldpausch is using the flexibility of virtual school to volunteer in her community! The teen discusses her involvement in the ‘giving thanks’ service project and her experience with virtual school in this Sentinel-Standard article

October 26, 2018

GLLA Superintendent Heather Ballien discusses the benefits of virtual school, reasons why students may enroll, and how graduates are prepared for opportunities in a digital world. Learn more in the Michigan Business Beat

August 31, 2018

GLLA student Rosalee Jacobus is able to travel extensively, thanks to the flexibility of online school! Hear from mom Denell and Superintendent Heather Ballien. Learn more on WWTV

August 16, 2018

GLLA student Angel Chapman and mom Shannon share her daughter’s experience with bullying and how the online school is now helping her thrive. Learn more in the Oxford Leader

June 21, 2018

GLLA graduates over 100 students, with over $10 million in scholarships among them. Learn more in the Grand Blanc View

May 2, 2018

GLLA former student Nic Azarovitz wins Apex Learning Virtual School Academic Achievement Award. Learn more in the Tribune-Democrat

March 8, 2018

MICA and GLLA now enrolling students for the upcoming 2018-19 academic year. Learn more in the Michigan Chronicle

December 14, 2017

GLLA Principal Heather Ballien discusses online school flexibility and the no need for ‘snow days’ from schoolwork on WILS

November 30, 2017

GLLA teacher Michelle Finton expresses her thanks for online school in the Grand Blanc View

October 29, 2017

GLLA Principal Heather Ballien discusses proper online etiquette and tips for parents to address this issue with their children. Learn more on WZZM

October 16, 2017

GLLA Principal Heather Ballien discusses good online etiquette and tips for students as they head online. Learn more on WXMI

September 1, 2017

GLLA student Naomi Cain and teacher Leigha Faith discuss benefits of online school and the personalized learning environment on WILX

August 23, 2017

Michigan parents give online school GLLA high marks. Hear more from GLLA parents in the PR Newswire

August 3, 2017

GLLA Principal Heather Ballien and students enjoy a legoland adventure field trip. Learn more in the WILX

June 7, 2017

GLLA Principal Heather Ballien discusses the many reasons why families may switch to online school in The Detroit News

May 23, 2017

GLLA celebrates the Class of 2017. Learn more in PR Web

April 12, 2017

MICA Principal Bryan Klochack and GLLA Principal Heather Ballien comment on a recent virtual schools’ market report. Learn more in WZZM

February 24, 2017

GLLA Principal Heather Ballien comments on Governor Snyder’s proposed cyber school cuts. Learn more in the Capitol News Service

February 15, 2017

GLLA Principal Heather Ballien discusses schooling options in this Detroit News op-ed: “A new approach to school absenteeism”

February 8, 2017

GLLA Learning Coach Sandy Smith discusses her family’s experience with online school and how is has helped her daughter thrive. Learn more in the MI Capitol Confidential

December 12, 2016

GLLA student Tucker Mashue and his father Dennis share an update in The Midland Daily News from their cross-country road trip

December 8, 2016

GLLA student Jana Stiffler heads to the Junior Olympics to compete in track. Learn more about Jana on WOOD TV

August 25, 2016

GLLA Principal Heather Ballien sits down with CW Detroit to explain the online school model, benefits of attending middle school online, and flexible pacing options available to students

August 17, 2016

GLLA Principal Heather Ballien discusses frequent opportunities for parent engagement on WZZM13

August 16, 2016

GLLA Principal Heather Ballien speaks with Fox 17 on the growing number of students enrolling in online school

August 4, 2016

GLLA Principal Heather Ballien discusses how the online school can individualize education during an interview with Fox 17

July 14, 2016

GLLA Learning Coach Sandy Smith shares her family’s virtual school success story during a trip to visit lawmakers in Washington DC, reports org

June 28, 2016

GLLA graduate Jeffrey Crouch featured in piece, “Online school: Taking the road less traveled to academic success”

June 9, 2016

GLLA recent graduate Hanuman Durina has great ambitions for life after high school! The civil air patrol member discusses his positive experience with online school and his plans for a future in politics on Hometown Life

May 23, 2016

In this WGVU interview, GLLA Principal Heather Ballien discusses how the online school is individualizing education for students and announces the school’s expansion to serve grades 6-8

April 25, 2016

GLLA student Tucker Mashue and his father Dennis are off on a trip of a lifetime, crossing the country to visit National Parks and discuss their business with potential partners! Dennis discusses the trip and the importance of work training opportunities for people with disabilities in the Midland Daily News

January 13, 2016

GLLA student Tucker Mashue is thriving in the online high school environment! In this Midland Daily News feature piece, Principal Heather Ballien discusses the benefits of online education for autistic students, and Tucker and his father Dennis describe their growing microbusiness, “Tuck’s Tooques”

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