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19-Year-Old Learner With Autism Launches Successful Career As Artist

One of the most important outcomes of education is yielding adults that are independent and able to thrive economically and socially. For learners with disabilities, this is often more difficult…

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Jedaiah Pierce

Learner Spotlight: Jedaiah Pierce

Jedaiah Pierce has the “first things first” habit down pat. This 6th grade iLEAD Exploration learner starts his day with a plan and makes a checklist of everything he plans…

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Adrian Staab

Learner Spotlight: Adrian Staab

After a particularly disappointing loss in a jiu jitsu tournament, someone told iLEAD Exploration learner Adrian Staab: “You never lose; you only learn.” A third grader who has earned a…

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Gianelle and Madilyn Do

Learner Spotlight: Gianelle and Madilyn Do

iLEAD Exploration learners Gianelle and Madilyn Do believe in the power of “yet,” and are always looking for new interests to explore and finding creative ways to help others. The…

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The Gomez Family

Learner Spotlight: The Gomez Family

Second-generation homeschoolers, Maximus (grade 4) and Tobias (grade 1) are two inquisitive, driven learners with a clear purpose for their education. The Gomez boys have been homeschooling with iLEAD for…

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Katelyn Bright

Learner Spotlight: Katelyn Bright

Katelyn has been homeschooled her whole life and joined iLEAD Exploration three years ago. Homeschooling allows her to pursue her life passions, including dance. Katelyn’s love of dance began while she was still…

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Akiro Niella

Learner Spotlight: Akiro Niella

Because 4th grade “just wasn’t making sense,” Akiro Niella, 12, began his homeschooling journey with iLEAD Exploration. Now, three years later, he is clearly thriving! This happy, busy 7th grader…

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Ackah Miezah Family

Learner Spotlight: Ackah-Miezah Family

The Ackah-Miezah family are longtime successful homeschoolers starting their 12th year learning from home and their fourth year with iLEAD. Lena Ruisseau (grade 12), Oliver, (grade 10), and Edward Winston,…

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DeCoursey Family

Learner Spotlight: DeCoursey Family

Meet Ruth, the newest — and eleventh — member of the DeCoursey family! This past June, baby Ruth had the good fortune to join this large, loving iLEAD Exploration family…

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Learner Spotlight: Layla Solano

iLEAD Exploration 8th grader Layla Solano is new to homeschooling this year, but you would not know it with how creative and connected she has been with so much of…

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Learner Spotlight: Ayah and Nyla Dadsi

Look out, world! The Dadsi sisters are on the move! In their second year with iLEAD Exploration, Nyla and Ayah Dadsi are enjoying the opportunity that independent study provides to…

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Learner Spotlight: Lindsay Yang

Eighth grade iLEAD Exploration learner Lindsey Yang showed a great interest and love for music from an early age when watching her older sister play piano. By the time she…

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Learner Spotlight: Mason Harris

Mason Harris is an extraordinary 1st grade iLEAD Exploration learner who shows social intelligence by being very empathetic. In fact, Mason often says “I like to help people because it’s…

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May Spotlight

Learner Spotlight: Ami Kharitonov

Ami Kharitonov is graduating from middle school this year and will be a freshman with iLEAD Exploration. He has been with iLEAD since 2016 and speaks English and some Russian….

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Learner Spotlight: Ace Maestas

Ace Maestas has been homeschooling for two years. The flexibility that is offered through iLEAD Exploration to focus on strengths, work on weaknesses, and cultivate social intelligence has been the…

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Learner Spotlight: Everett Family

The Everett family didn’t set out to homeschool but have totally embraced the lifestyle. Since both Ben, first grade, and Caroline (Caddie), kindergarten, have an immunodeficiency diagnosis, it is much…

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Learner Spotlight: Ariella Clarino

Ariella has been homeschooled for the past nine years, and this is her second year with iLEAD Exploration. She is currently in 10th grade and already has an impressive high school…

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Learner Spotlight: Lily Ochoa

iLEAD Exploration eighth grader Lily Ochoa has been homeschooling since fall of 2018. She finds that home study fosters her creativity and inspires her to dig deeply into what interests…

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Learner Spotlight: Garrett Family

The Garrett family joined iLEAD in 2019 and thus began their first ever homeschool journey, primarily animated by a thirst for knowledge. At first they were nervous about the change…

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Stephenson family

Learner Spotlight: Stephenson Family

The iLEAD Exploration learners in the Stephenson family transitioned to homeschooling only a couple of years ago but have been customizing learning and pursuing their dreams ever since! Tahani (15)…

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Learner Spotlight: Lila Inman

Optimism is the way you see and think about what is happening around and to you, looking for good in each situation. Optimism describes iLEAD Exploration learner, Lila Inman! Always…

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Learner Spotlight: Grace Gilroy

When you think of a learner who exemplifies the notion of what a homeschooled 10th grader might look like, you think of Grace. She thrives in this environment and strives…

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Learner Spotlight: Corban and Deacon Barnett

iLEAD Exploration learners Corban and Deacon Barnett are so different and yet these brothers both exude optimism, each with his own brand of it. Older brother Corban is a confident…

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Learner Spotlight: Jaidynn Watson

iLEAD Exploration learner Jaidynn Watson always sees the bright side of a situation even if the initial outcome isn’t always favorable. She is open to new experiences because she believes…

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