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Proud Alaska Home School Legacy

Distance Learning Center is Committed to Academic Excellence

About Our School

Distance Learning Center is a Leading Alaska Home School Provider

We are an Alaska home school committed to creating a dynamic educational environment dedicated to fostering academic excellence. This includes personal, intellectual, and emotional growth, as well as technological skills, responsibilities of self, and citizenship. Our home school program is available for students in grades K-12. We are here to support parents and give them the options they are looking for as they improve, enhance, and develop an educational program for their children.

Our philosophy is to create a safe, nurturing environment in which each individual is valued. We are educational innovators, who provide diverse learning styles and teaching methods while maintaining high academic standards. Our home school program meets state and district standards, meeting students’ educational needs through a flexible academic schedule. Parents are involved in their children’s education, as partners with teachers, and are responsible for delivering the curriculum.

Excellence in Education Can be Accomplished at Home

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The Distance Learning Center Program is proof of this, because our home school program has been ranked the highest among all Alaska home school programs in math and second-highest for language arts. Compare us to other Alaska correspondence programs today.

Community Forum

Talk to Teachers, Stay Informed, and Connect with Other Parents

We are more than just a voice on the other end of the phone. We are an Alaska home school family. Find the support you need from the wonderful community utilizing our program.

Proud Alaska
Home School Legacy

We have many incredible success stories from all over Alaska.

The Iditarod Area School District has been offering distance education opportunities since 1976. We have educated students living all over rural Alaska, and we launched a state-wide program in 1998. Our mission is to create a dynamic educational environment that fosters excellence.

  • Intellectual Growth
  • Personal Growth
  • Technological Skills
  • Emotional Growth
  • Citizenship
  • Responsibility of Self

Meet Our Team

Our Passionate Educators Will Support Your Alaska Home School Journey

Michael Willyerd, Principal

Michael Willyerd

PRINICIPAL

mwillyerd@iditarodsd.org
Desk | (907) 694-6125
Cell | (907) 230-7152

Michael is a passionate home school educator. He’s been a teacher for 22 years and an administrator for 9 years, the last 6 years working as principal at the Distance Learning Center. He holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from U.A.A. Michael was also a home school parent, so he’s experienced in managing the challenges that families face throughout their distance education journeys. He enjoys facilitating exciting educational experiences and creating amazing learning environments for students.

Ronna Lopzich

Ronna Lopizich

TEACHER

rlopzich@iditarodsd.org
Desk | (907) 694-6100

Ronna has been a teacher for 34 years. In addition to her wealth of experience, she brings a passion for learning and a sense of adventure to the role. She also loves teaching art to students at every level to ensure they have the fullest educational experience possible. Ronna loves working at Distance Learning Center because she has the chance to encourage children and families towards life-long learning. She has helped create lots incredible success stories, and is looking to many more in the future.

Jennifer Willyerd

Jennifer Willyerd

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

dlcsecretary@iditarodsd.org
Desk | (907) 694-6100

Jennifer is an efficient administrator who brings a servant’s heart to the role. Her biggest motivation is helping home school families provide the best possible education for the leaders of tomorrow. She was a home school parent herself for 13 years. Jennifer loves the help that Distance Learning Center provides parents and students. She enjoys the fact that school staff and families are working toward the same goal, and plays a key role in ensuring the atmosphere is always inviting and professional.

Iditarod Area School District has been offering distance education since 1976. We established a state-wide program in 1998 and have a legacy of incredible academic success stories.

How We Support Parents

Our Teachers Help Parents Meet the Needs of Each Home School Student

A key feature of our program is that parents are the primary instructors. Our teachers work with parents to develop an Individual Education Plan that meets the needs to each student. There are a number of ways we will support your child’s educational journey

  • Partnering with parents and students to develop Individual Learning Plans
  • Assigning a contact teacher to provide academic and educational support to each family
  • Guiding parents in implementing state and district educational standards, and assisting them in fulfilling the Standards Based Assessment and High School Graduation Qualifying Exams
  • Educational accounts for each family for the purchase of instructional materials
  • Educational technology program using internet services
  • Educational training workshops
  • Innovative curriculum materials
  • Student field trips and activities
  • Online classes
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Community Forum

Talk to Teachers, Stay Informed, and Connect with Other Parents

We are more than just a voice on the other end of the phone. We are an Alaska home school family. Find the support you need from our wonderful community.

Parent Responsibilities

Each Student Has Great Potential, So We Expect High Achievement

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Our Alaska home school program is designed to meet all state and district requirements. A key part of this is evidence of student learning. Parents need to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Keep a record of all student work, including tests, projects, reading, and logs, to show evidence of student work in progress. This should be presented in a binder or file.
  • Contact your assigned teacher on a monthly basis to discuss student progress by phone, email, or written correspondence, and attend all parent-teacher conferences.
  • Review ongoing assessments and ensure District Quarterly Assessments are completed.

Resources & Services

Our Friendly Team is Always Available to Talk About Questions and Concerns

We are committed to partnering with families and delivering the best educational experiences possible. We welcome your calls and invite you to stop by our office, but we do recommend you make an appointment to ensure we have enough time to discuss your child’s needs.

Our teachers provide guidance, ideas, and recommendations, but they are not your child’s primary instructor. We are here to support you, the parent, and work together to ensure student success. Our philosophy is to create a safe, nurturing environment in which each individual is valued. We are educational innovators, who provide diverse learning styles and teaching methods while maintaining high academic standards.

Our home school program meets state and district standards, meeting the educational needs of our students through a flexible academic schedule. Parents are involved in their children’s education, as partners with teachers, and are responsible for delivering the curriculum.