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The WJHS Innovation Academy

WJHS In 2011, we at Willis had a vision of a learning community where students and teachers worked together to develop the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century. With this vision, we created the first iAcademy team for the 2011-2012 school year. This team consisted of four teachers and approximately 100 students. There were many ups and downs in the first year, but in the end the students left Willis with increased skills in using technology and collaborating with others.


The iAcademy has since grown in size to three teams and approximately 350 students. Students in the iAcademy have access to netbooks and computer labs daily. Each student also has a Google account which allows them to create, share, and collaborate with their classmates on documents, presentations, spreadsheets, etc. They also use web based tools to enhance their learning including Glogster, Collaborize Classroom, Edmodo, PollEverywhere, Desmos, Prezi, Google Earth, and many more. IAcademy Teachers stay up to date with current educational tools by attending technology based conferences such as CUE and ISTE. Furthermore, iAcademy teachers have taken part in a grant from the Verizon Foundation making Willis a Verizon Innovative Learning School. This grant allows teachers to collaborate with other teachers from similar schools and attend virtual conferences from experts in educational technology.


While the iAcademy grows and changes the vision remains the same. Students will engage in the purposeful utilization of technology to enhance their learning. The staff will empower the students to take risks, embrace and learn from failure, and become the ultimate problem solvers to make them successful in future educational endeavors and beyond.

The following presentation provides more information about the iAcademy philosophy and gives a glimpse of how technology is used to enhanced the student learning experience.
The Innovation Academy has been fortunate to receive a considerable amount of positive press from local newspapers and radio stations.  The following links provide further insight into what the Willis blended learning program is all about.

If you have questions about the iAcademy, or would like more information, please feel free to contact one of our current iAcademy teachers.
B House
Mathematics - Michael Schultz
Science - Sarah Babiars
Language Arts - Susan Yonker
Social Studies -  Sarah Hoodzow
C House
Mathematics - Janine Hernandez
Science - Charlie Kidder
Language Arts - Amy McPherson
Social Studies - Debbie Limano
Strategies - Dorthey Broadbent
D House
Mathematics -   Sarah Wiese
Science - Brian Fireng
Language Arts -  Stacy Jernigan
Social Studies -Ashley Allen