Guidance Counselor and Military Mom Uses to Help Students Excel Overseas

photo2Audrey M. is a high school guidance counselor currently living in Japan with her family. Audrey’s husband is a Commander in the U.S. Navy and has been in the service for more than 25 years. They have one daughter, Chelsea, who is 13 years old. This military family has been stationed overseas for the past nine years because of her husband’s career. As a parent and a guidance counselor, Audrey has seen firsthand how has positively impacted military-connected children. How did you find out about

Audrey: We were introduced to in 2015, while stationed in Alice Springs, Australia, through the U.S. School Liaison Representative’s newsletter. Chelsea started using it for math support and currently uses it for help with multiple subjects. What are some of the challenges of living outside of the U.S. with a school aged daughter?

Audrey: Some of the challenges include a lack of resources and continuity. Our daughter has always attended school overseas in a transient community, where peer relationships are short-term, and academic and extracurricular resources are limited. It was particularly challenging when Chelsea had to attend a private school when we moved to Australia. The mathematics and language arts curriculum and standards were unfamiliar, the way the classroom was run was not what she was accustomed to, and trying to find her way and place within the school community was daunting. How does help with this?

Audrey: is a significant help in mitigating the resource gap. Having 24-hour access is important due to the time zone difference of living in Japan. While attending an Australian school, Chelsea was not exposed to a U.S.-based education. Therefore, we supplemented it with after-school lessons and used as a primary resource. From your unique perspective of both parent and education professional, what do you like best about

Audrey: As both a parent and professional, I’m a strong advocate of The tutors are always available, regardless of the time zone. Also, the tutors point students in the right direction without doing the work for them and provide positive feedback on the student’s progress. I have seen an increase in both my daughter’s and my students’ self-confidence and academic performance since they began using Because of the anonymity, the program allows students to be candid about their level of understanding and ask questions they wouldn’t otherwise ask in the classroom setting. What would you tell other military personnel and their families about

Audrey: I would encourage every military parent with a child to make this program a part of your child’s educational support plan. It does not matter how advanced or gifted a child is: everyone has a question at some point in their academic quest. is a benefit that aids in relieving stress that comes along with temporary single parenting and helps our daughter maintain academic stability in the midst of social and emotional adversity. What would you say to those who make funding decisions about the program?

Audrey: This is a vital program that supports our military families and is a profound investment in our nation. This program helps kids function at their full potential by building confident, educated, and ultimately productive members of society. for U.S. Military Families is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) MWR Library Program, the DoD Navy General Library Program, the DoD Voluntary Education Program and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA). To learn more and see if you are eligible for free online tutoring, visit

4 Responses to Guidance Counselor and Military Mom Uses to Help Students Excel Overseas

  1. Jessie April 14, 2017 at 9:03 AM #

    What a wonderful program to have for the Military kids. Okay, Miss Chelsea go for it. 🙂

    Love yall,


  2. Lillie April 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM #

    Awesome DIL, very proud of you and the family! Love you

  3. Irarichardson April 11, 2017 at 1:57 PM #

    Sounds like a awesome program for kids that live abroad due to the Military.

    Congrats to you and Darryl!

    Chelsea seems to have excelled in the program.

    Blessings to you all.

    Sister, Ira

    • essie April 21, 2017 at 4:40 PM #

      How nice sound like a nice program for Miss Chelsea all grown up, congrats to you and hubby
      Blessing to all!

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