August 18, 2016

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August 18, 2016 Meeting 


New Mexico Connections Academy: A Look into Virtual Education


Jodie Dean


New Mexico Connections Academy

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How many years has it been since you were in elementary, middle school, or high school? Ten years, twenty-five, fifty or more?


Education and education options have multiplied since the "old school" school experience most of us had. One of the more cutting-edge options is the virtual, or online school.


On August 18, Jodie Dean, Principal of New Mexico Connections Academy, a free, online public school, will share the story of her school, the needs of her students, and how an online public school is a good fit for many kids. The Academy has 1,100 to 1,400 students enrolled in a typical year.


Jodie Dean is a ten-year Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. She has over twelve years of administrative experience in both New Mexico and Arizona and is an experienced teacher at the elementary, secondary levels and in special education.


The mission of New Mexico Connections Academy (NMCA) is to help each 4–12th grade student, throughout the state of New Mexico who needs an alternative to the traditional classroom for a particular time period, maximize his or her potential and meet the highest performance standards through a uniquely individualized learning programs, access to high quality NM-certified teachers, and high parental involvement. This mission also includes a school-with-in-a-school model with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).



  • Caesar Salad
  • Grilled Chicken Alfredo 
  • Roasted Red Peppers & Squash
  • Dessert
  • Rolls & Butter
  • Coffee, Iced Tea & Water