About Irene Paine
Biology, Chemistry & Anatomy

I wasn’t sure that an online biology class would be the best fit for my son given experiences we’ve had with other online classes. I’m very happy I got past that hesitation though, because it’s been an engaging, rigorous course. Mrs. Irene is extremely organized and provides excellent feedback on assignments. She maintains high expectations for her students, but she does it in a way that's fair. Not only has she taught my son biology, she's helped him learn to manage his time and to pay attention to detail. It's been a great choice for our family

FE - Honors Bio

Homeschooling Mom

I just wanted to say thank you for teaching me so much biology last year! I took the SAT subject test in biology after taking your class, and I just got my score back--I got an 800! I can't wait to start anatomy!

CC - Honors Bio

Homeschooled Student

Highest Praise for Mrs. Paine’s Honors Biology and Honors Chemistry classes and BTO.

 

My daughter completed Honors Biology with Mrs. Paine last year and enjoyed it so much that we didn’t hesitate to continue with Mrs. Paine in her Honors Chemistry class this year. After over a year and a half with Mrs. Paine, I can honestly say that we couldn’t have made a better choice for high school science classes.

 

Mrs. Paine has chosen rigorous and thorough curricula for both classes and delivers it all in a clear, organized, and comprehensive manner. Live classes, an excellent textbook, videos, labs, and interactive study tools help her students integrate and master the material in a variety of ways. The assignments are challenging but not overwhelming, and the format of the class is easy to follow and keep up with. My daughter always knows what her assignments are, when they are completed, and what is left to do. In addition to learning biology and chemistry, by participating in Mrs. Paine’s (and other BTO) classes, my daughter has learned to become an independent and organized student capable of creating and keeping up with her own schedule. If my daughter (or I) have any questions, Mrs. Paine is just an email away. She responds quickly and is extremely generous with her time via email or an additional online session on the occasions when my daughter has needed some clarification on a difficult topic.

 

Admittedly, I had some concerns about online science classes including having to do at-home labs and my daughter feeling isolated, however, neither has been an issue with Mrs. Paine’s classes. Virtual labs augment the real thing and having the opportunity to purchase a kit has made the at-home labs simple and fun. Also, rather than feeling isolated, my daughter has found a community where students encourage, challenge and support each other in forums and meet online in weekly or bi-weekly classes. My daughter regularly tells me how much she enjoys Mrs. Paine’s live classes, how much she learns from them, and how connected she feels to the other students.

 

Mrs. Paine has high standards and expectations for her students and helps them achieve their goals with professionalism and compassion. Completing weekly assignments, labs and tests thoroughly and on time are skills I wanted my daughter to learn and practice. While I’m pleased that Mrs. Paine’s students are held to these standards, I also appreciate the grace and flexibility that Mrs. Paine has shown my daughter when her very full schedule overflows and she needs a little extra time for a particular assignment. This kind of rigor, tempered with kindness and flexibility is one of the reasons we homeschool, and it’s nice to have the support of likeminded educators like Mrs. Paine and BTO.If you are looking for a challenging, comprehensive, high- quality science class with a knowledgeable and caring teacher, don’t hesitate to try Mrs. Paine’s classes.

LJ - Honors Bio & Honors Chem

Homeschooling parent

My daughter is currently taking Mrs. Paine’s Honors Biology class. I was hesitant about an online science course but I’m very glad we did it. Mrs. Paine gives clear, step by step, instructions, and my daughter has had a successful online classroom experience.

 

Mrs Paine has high, clearly-stated, standards that she helps the students achieve. Near the beginning of the course she requested a phone conference with us regarding my daughter’s scores. She had identified specific areas where my daughter could improve her grade, and she encouraged her to do so. 

 

She models kindness and respect towards my daughter and our family while insisting on integrity and respect in return. For example, last semester Mrs. Paine extended a deadline for my daughter when she had the flu, then she followed up with an email asking about her health. She has also made accommodations for family events.

 

Mrs. Paine has earned our respect with her professionalism, her well organized class, her high standards, and her commitment to bringing out the best in her students. I highly recommend her class.

SF - Honors Bio

Homeschooling Parent

Blue Tent’s Honors Biology class by Mrs. Paine has been an amazing class to participate in. The format of the class has been very easy to follow, yet I am constantly challenged each week from the curriculum. The curriculum balances the difficulty of each assignment to create a tough yet achievable goal at the end of the week and is able to supply and help maintain all the knowledge you need to know for an honors biology class.

 

With this set-up, I always feel prepared for the weekly tests. The weekly discussion forum is a lot of fun to take part in, as a lot of ethical, curious, and investigative discussions arise. It’s very easy to communicate with fellow classmates as well as Mrs. Paine in this course. Mrs. Paine sets up a very organized class with lots of chances to make up work with extra credit, and to top it all off, is very helpful and warm to any questions you may have.

 

Though this is certainly a very rigorous course, it has been a great fit for me and I’m sure for many others as well.

HH - Honors Bio

Homeschooled Student

Our 8th grade science-loving son is currently completing Mrs. Irene’s biology honor’s class. Both class and teacher were a perfect fit for him. Mrs. Irene’s rigorous curriculum has not only increased his knowledge in biology by leaps and bounds but her high, yet fair, expectations have also made of him a much more detail-oriented student. We couldn’t have been happier with the quality of Mrs. Irene’s class as well as with the encouragement and support she has provided to our son over the past year. He is planning and looking forward to taking Mrs. Irene’s other classes in the coming years.

LG - Honors Bio

Homeschooing Mom

I have been in Mrs. Irene's Honor’s Biology class for the past year and I really enjoy her guidance. In this past year, I have learned how to write well-written lab reports using MLA formatting, how to properly cite works for papers, and how to lead a discussion. While this course has been demanding, I love that Mrs. Irene is always willing to help with any problems I encounter throughout the course. She gives us outside resources such as videos on YouTube and TED Talks instead of just following the material in the textbook. I feel like she wants to help us learn more and have good grades. This course has made me ten times more interested in biology and I would definitely recommend her as an amazing teacher.

EK - Honors Bio

Homeschooled Student

It was a wonderful experience for my son to be in the Honors Biology class. Irene Paine is a great science teacher who is patient, organized, detailed, and responsive! My son has learned so much. His time management has improved tremendously throughout this course due to the training of turning in the assignments on time each week. He has fallen in love with biology now and wishes to have one more year of biology class under Irene’s instruction.

JK - Honors Bio

Homeschooling Mom

Honors Biology with Mrs. Irene was awesome! I learned how to write a lab report, how to manage the weekly assignments, and how to dissect specimens. And, of course, I learned all about biology. Mrs. Irene was always prompt with replies to questions, and her answers were helpful. I loved this course so much that I’m planning to take Anatomy and Physiology with Mrs. Irene next year.

CC - Honors Bio

Homeschooling Student

I am an 8th grader about to complete Mrs. Irene’s biology class. I honestly believe that there is no other biology class out there that is as rigorous as Mrs. Irene’s. For anyone interested in this class, you will need to carefully plan your work out because you won’t make it if you leave it sit on your desk until the last minute. However, for anyone seriously interested in building a strong foundation in this subject, this is without a doubt the class to take. Mrs. Irene’s high expectations and encouragement along the way will only make you better prepared for more advanced biology classes. I am planning to take Mrs. Irene’s other classes, and am looking forward already.

NG - Honors Bio

Homeschooled Student

Mrs. Irene’s Honors Chemistry class is very well-organized. She is a knowledgeable teacher, and her dedication to her students is remarkable. Mrs. Irene is always available to help and responds quickly. 

 

This course covers a lot of material with labs. Both lab types are detailed and exciting. I have always been interested in science. This course increases my interest, and it shows me how chemistry can be related to other areas, such as physics. The discussion board is a great resource to communicate with my classmates. The different teaching methods help me understands the chapters in the textbook. I think this course prepares me well for SAT Chemistry. I would definitely recommend this class.

KL - Honors Chem

Homeschooled Student

My daughter took Honors Chemistry with Irene Paine over the 2018-19 academic year, and we would heartily recommend it to other families seeking a rigorous high-school level course.

 

While my daughter is accustomed to taking challenging math and science classes, she is not inclined to them by natural interest. The asynchronous schedule worked well for us, as my daughter has strong opinions about being in charge of her own weekly schedule, but thrives with regular contact and accountability. After years of classes that have not challenged her fully, she found the Blue Tent course content to be challenging, and she learned to put in real effort to fully complete assignments and prepare for the tests.

 

My daughter does not feel that any of the assignments were “busy work,” but were of value in mastering the content. Ms. Paine reached out to my daughter to provide caring guidance and support, as well as several opportunities to earn additional points to raise her grade. She developed a positive relationship with Ms. Paine, found it easy to communicate with her and schedule additional tutoring sessions when needed, and strived to meet the Ms. Paine’s expectations.  My daughter feels that she was appropriately challenged and learned the chemistry content thoroughly and developed a relationship of friendly mutual respect with Ms. Paine.

LF - Honors Chem

Homeschooling Parent

Irene has taught high school Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, and Anatomy & Physiology to two of my children. While her honors classes are demanding, both my kids love her firm, but encouraging style. She is very organized, giving clear and concise instructions. She has spent time outside of class helping them understand particularly difficult concepts. I highly recommend Irene on every front!

Honors Bio | Honors Chem | Anatomy

Homeschooling Mom

We have used Irene Paine as our science instructor for the past 2 1/2 years. Her help has been an invaluable asset to our home schooling journey. Her instructions for Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, and Anatomy & Physiology have been superb! She teaches her students to successfully write lab reports, conducts thorough labs and provides guidance for test prep. I think she has exceeded most parents’ expectations as she also takes care of the exams, grading, and student evaluations. I am grateful for her professional and caring service to my family. My kids will be well prepared for college level science and beyond!

​ Honors Bio | Honors Chem | Anatomy

Homeschooling Mom

My daughter has taken science classes with Irene for three years, and we could not have been more pleased! Irene is very organized and efficient, and has high expectations for her students. My daughter has been challenged and has learned so much. Irene has been available to answer questions and she truly wants her students to do well. Irene has been an answer to prayer for our family. 

Honors Bio | Honors Chem | Anatomy

Homeschooling Mom

After taking the Honors Biology and the Anatomy & Physiology classes, I have learned so much about both subjects. The dissections have helped me understand the different parts of the digestive system, the brain, the eye, etc. because the hands-on learning helped me understand the concepts much better. When we did the cow eye dissection I was definitely not looking forward to it because the thought of cutting open an eye freaked me out, but I actually really enjoyed it and its probably my favorite dissection I've done because I feel like I know how the eye works now. Mrs. Paine has always been ready and happy to answer questions and give me resources to understand concepts we are working on. I feel much more prepared for future science. classes because I am confident that I have been taught a solid foundation in these subjects because of Mrs. Paine's classes.

CH - Anatomy | Honors Bio

Homeschooled Student

I am so grateful and appreciative of Mrs. Irene's teaching and sharing her skills. Her attention to detail and preparing these students is amazing! Finding a high level science class online that my Senior Son has LOVED is a great way to finish his high school years! The knowledge he acquired in Anatomy & Physiology will support his Biochem major in college!

California - Anatomy

Homeschooling Mom

I've been a student in Mrs. Irene's classes for a year and a half now, and I've loved every week of it! Studying anatomy with her has been incredibly interesting--learning how the body's systems connect through labs, coloring, and some very interesting dissections (who knew a cow's eye could be so cool? Mrs. Irene, of course!). We're encouraged to discuss fascinating topics with classmates and go beyond the information she provides to dive deeper into topics that interest us. I wake up every Monday excited about what we'll explore next!

CC - Anatomy

Homeschooled Student

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About Christine Proctor
AP & Honors English Lit & Comp
and Creative Writing

I've been so pleased with the content and quality of the class. I love the detailed feedback you give . . . and I know that [my daughter’s] learned and grown so much through this class. The course has certainly been a challenge for her, but I've been pleased with the effort she has put into her work. We really like the format of the class and the interaction with the other students. Thank you for being a dedicated and effective teacher!

DT

Homeschooling Mom

We are exceptionally pleased with your excellent class. The reading material has been challenging, varied, and interesting. You have consistently provided well organized assignments, and timely feedback on the many assignments. You have fostered energetic and positive class participation through the message boards and through the online chat sessions. [Our daughter] has improved in all areas of her English skills through this class. We are impressed how supportive and constructive you are as a teacher to the whole class, and even more so because this is a distance-learning online experience.

J & M

Homeschooling Parents​

This is the best and most challenging English class I have ever taken and I am enjoying it immensely!! You have the best writing prompts, books, and you are the best editor I have EVER had!! I mean, come on—who else would give back an essay with something like 116 comments on it. :) I love it!! I have never had a teacher tear apart my writing the way that you do, and I am simply adoring the challenge. I have seen my writing improve already this year, and I have a feeling that it will continue on that path. I really hope that you realize how much I adore your class!

Honors English Student

We are extremely glad that the format used by your Honors English class fits [our son’s] learning style very well. The asynchronous nature, coupled with the highly interactive requirements of the class, keeps him accountable, yet provides him with a flexible schedule. And the class seems to challenge him at the right level and makes him learn the English language in a more fun and comprehensive manner. Truly, we could not have asked for more! Thank you for challenging him and allowing him to grow at the same time.

J & S

Homeschooling Parents​

As this semester is coming to a close, I would like to thank you for an excellent class.  My daughters say it is their favorite class! I truly feel you have taken their writing to the next level. This has been my biggest struggle as a home schooling parent. I have known they are good writers but didn’t know how to keep them progressing. Thank you for pushing them to become even better.

SM

Homeschooling Mom​

Thank you for sending such a thorough and encouraging assessment of [our daughter’s] work and participation in your Honors English class. I appreciate the time you put into planning assignments and giving feedback and evaluations throughout the semester.  I can't imagine reading and evaluating papers for an entire class with the attention to detail and thoughtful feedback that you provide. I think I can honestly say my daughter has never put more time into a class and has never been more challenged to push herself to do well. I feel she is getting an experience that many kids don't experience until their first semester of college and I appreciate that it is happening now when we are here to encourage her and you are a teacher who is helpful and accessible.

MSF

Homeschooling Mom

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About Brigid
AP English and
Advanced Senior English

I highly recommend Brigid Thompson's English and literature classes. The content is both meaty and diverse. As a result, my son's writing ability vastly improved under her instruction and enthusiastic encouragement.

LH

Homeschooling Mom

My daughter took the online AP English Lit and Comp taught by Brigid Thompson, and I cannot say enough good things about it!  Mrs. Thompson was an excellent teacher, and my daughter felt very well prepared to take the AP exam a few weeks ago.  The book selection was great, the work load reasonable, and the comments and corrections made on her papers by Mrs. Thompson were very helpful and insightful.  My daughter thoroughly enjoyed this class, and we recommend it highly.

JS

Homeschooling Mom

I would encourage anyone to enroll in Brigid Thompson’s English classes, with the assurance they will receive top-notch instruction from a highly qualified teacher who genuinely cares about her students' progress. Her feedback in invaluable, timely and prepares students for even top universities. Having 3 of my students in her AP Eng Lit, AP Lang and Comp, and Advanced English, I can attest to the high degree of instruction your student will receive. Expect their analytical writing and thinking skills to greatly improve. Brigid goes over and beyond. You will not find a teacher whose feedback on papers is more detailed and helpful. Her feedback alone is worth the cost of these courses, which are highly organized and structured. At the same time, she is willing to work with your student when life happens, encouraging them along the way and answering questions and critiquing college essays with “lightning speed.”  I highly recommend Brigid Thompson and Blue Tent Online. 

DB

Homeschooling Mom

Mrs. Thompson is by far my favorite teacher!  Class discussions were typically deep and meaningful and designed to foster the ability to think critically. I learned to love books (such as War and Peace) that I thought I would hate, and probably wouldn't have read if they hadn't been assigned.

KR

Homeschooled Student

I got a 5, Mrs. Thompson! I honestly wasn't sure what to expect, and my college is very strict and only acknowledges fives, but it looks like I did it! Anyway, thank you for the amazing English class that helped me get there. I've had lots of tough English classes before, but yours was especially intensive, challenging, and stimulating.

DS

Homeschooled Student

My son participated in Ms. Thompson's Honors English class this past year. We found this class to be very well organized and simply an outstanding experience for him. His reading, writing, and literary analysis skills increased tremendously. Ms. Thompson always provided appropriate, timely and very helpful feedback for the work he submitted. I would highly recommend this class to anyone wishing to challenge their child and increase their knowledge and understanding of English literature.

LM

Homeschooling Mom

As a high school senior (following her two years as Brigid's student), my daughter took English 111 from the community college, where her professor requested to use one of her essays as a sample for others to follow (most of whom were already high school graduates).  Brigid expects excellence from her students, and inspires and enables them to achieve it.

JR

Homeschooling Mom

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About Shin Yen
AP Calculus AB and BC

Ms. Yen is an outstanding teacher. In the Calculus BC class she went above and beyond of what would be expected of an instructor: the lectures were extremely well prepared, the problem solving meetings were thought out based on the current needs of the students, and handouts were regularly provided. Throughout the year, Ms. Yen was always willing to hold office hours to work with students individually; with the changes to the AP exam this year she readjusted our preparation and adopted the practice to the new format. One of my favorite teachers in high school, Ms. Yen set the standards for teaching and learning very high.

PR

Student

This class was very enjoyable. Ms Yen is an excellent teacher who is passionate about teaching and helping her students. She teaches the material in logical ways and simplifies and provides extra assistance with more complicated concepts. She truly wants every student to succeed and I absolutely loved taking this class!

MB

Student

Mrs. Yen's class has been amazing in preparing me for the AP exam. The AP exams were changed this year due to the pandemic and Mrs. Yen was able to adapt to this and help us study for these changes. I do not think I would be as prepared for the exam if it was not due to her class.

JE

Student

I just want to thank you for an amazing experience. [My son] was so hesitant to sign up with Blue Tent and it has been hands down the best course this year! Both of us wish we had started sooner. I wish you were teaching higher level math as well. He is going to miss your clarity going forward. Thank you again for everything!

MR

Parent

Shin Yen worked with me on AP Calculus AB, AP Physics, and the SAT Math Level 2 subject test. My calculus class was challenging, but she helped me succeed with her clear explanations of the concepts and helpful example problems. She always had multiple ways of teaching each problem to make sure I understood the concepts, and she explained their interesting applications in engineering and science.

 

I got a 5 on the AP exam! To prepare for the Math Level 2 subject test, she gave me great test-taking tips and provided me with excellent resources to practice. I am very thankful for her help and would highly recommend her to anyone.

DG

Student (Tutored for 1-1/2 years)

Ms. Yen is a teacher who is not only passionate about the topic she is teaching, but also about her students. This class is an excellent and engaging experience that thoroughly prepares students for the AP exam while making calculus fun and interesting.

GC

Student

I really appreciated Ms. Yen. You could really tell that she really wanted you to succeed and improve. She's the type of teacher who's into it hook, line, and sinker. She'd be willing to me with you personally and help you out with any of your questions. If you're willing to work you will get results. Math isn't something that you can just get; you really need to put your back into it and practice. Ms. Yen, thank you for all your help!

AD

Student

Mrs. Yen is always quick to develop a good rapport with her students and employs a very engaging approach to all math subjects. She makes sure that I understand the concepts and will communicate with me if she feels that I need extra support. Mrs. Yen will also work with me to review, review, review! In the two years that I have known Mrs. Yen, she has shown me nothing but support and kindness. Through her adaptive teaching methods, I have become confident that I will perform well on tests because I have understood the concepts. For me, working with Mrs. Yen has been nothing short of extraordinary and it is with great pleasure to recommend her math courses. 

EJ

Student (Tutored for 2 years)

Shin has tutored my son since 7th grade. She is a great math teacher with lots of qualities that distinguish her from other tutors that I used.  She is well organized and always ready to support when my son doesn’t understand the concepts. She not only covers all materials from the class, but also gives my son extra curriculum so he can exceed. She communicates with me to make sure everything is going smoothly. She has great knowledge in geometry, statistics, algebra, and calculus.  I am so glad that she is my son's tutor and would highly recommend her to other parents.  

MY

Parent

I wanted to share with you that my son is thoroughly enjoying his Algebra 1 classes with Mrs. Shin Yen. He never really liked math until he joined Blue Tent’s math class and is always looking forward to it. I’m actually seeing him working hard and improving a lot. He really likes Mrs. Yen’s teaching method and was asking me to find out if she would be teaching him again next year 😁. Thank you so much for providing quality education!

JA

Parent

I have been exceptionally pleased with the content and information that Ms. Yen has given me throughout the year. She is very easy to talk to and converse with and was more than happy to answer any questions I had on the course material. Her teaching was extremely helpful in helping me understand the many different aspects of physics and has helped me to understand and apply the concepts in class.

JS

Student (Tutored in AP Physics 1)

Mrs. Yen is a very caring and dedicated math tutor who always tries to make math easy to understand. She helps me build a solid foundation in math which makes it easy for me in the higher-level math. Whenever I have trouble understanding the concept, she patiently uses different methods to make sure I get it. She is calm and friendly. She gives encouragement and motivation, which I think are the most important to high school students. With her help, I am always well prepared and have lots of confidence when taking weekly tests. 

AY

Student (Tutored for 3 years)

Shin Yen tutored our son for Math II, Math III, and AP Calc AB, over the course of three years of high school. She was by far the best math teacher our son had, and I credit her for his excellent math SAT scores.


Our son was enrolled in a public high school and Shin's tutoring was a tremendous help in both enforcing and enriching what was taught in the classroom; she not only knew the material in and out, but she also understood the various methods currently in use for teaching math. She helped our son acquire solid math thinking skills and work methods that allowed him to navigate the sometimes differing approaches to math education he encountered in high school.

She was rigorous, and she was kind. She struck a good balance between reviewing and securing fundamental concepts and introducing more challenging problems. She was able to teach in such a way that our son felt confident about his skills but was also pushed to grow into more advanced material. My son always went eagerly to his lessons, and always came back having understood the material. I can say without hesitation that she transformed our son's high school experience by allowing him to acquire, through math, intellectual maturity and confidence.

JM

Parent

As I reflect on my high school career, it is clear that no person has helped more along the way than Shin Yen. I began working with Shin in 2016 to get extra help with Integrated Math 2 Honors. Math classes at my high school were often packed with over 35 students with little individual attention from the instructor and I often found myself leaving class without understanding the concepts and having the learn the entire content by myself before an assessment. My work with Shin helped immediately. During our two lessons a week, Shin helped me understand difficult concepts in a more timely fashion and it was Shin’s help before assessments that made the difference in my grade. She used her vast teaching resources to help me find practice problems and made herself available at all hours during the day and evening to answer my questions. I always had the feeling that she truly cared if I succeeded. She always asked how I did on the many tests and quizzes she helped me study for and seemed genuinely invested in my success. In this way, Shin helped me through Integrated Math 2 Honors, Integrated Math 3 Honors, and College Prep Chemistry during my freshman and sophomore years. 

 

It was however her help with AP Calculus AB during my junior year that made the biggest difference in my education. Perhaps the hardest class in my school, AP Calculus AB came with an almost insurmountable mountain of homework and tests. Shin  was familiar with the entire curriculum and had a vast array of resources for me to better prepare. Shin spent hours with me on AP Calc, helping me grasp the concepts through her personal yet professional approach, and allowed me to navigate a stressful and difficult course with a certain degree of confidence. 

 

Shin is smart, caring, resourceful, and always professional. l always knew that she could always help me on any difficult concept or problem. She is a truly unique, caring, and instructive teacher. It was Shin, above any other teacher, who helped me succeed in an academically rigorous high school and launch me into what I hope will be a similarly successful 4 years of college.

AB

Student (Tutored for 3 years)

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About Ashley Porter
Geometry, Precalculus
AP Statistics and Tutoring

This past school year I was in AP Statistics with Miss Ashley Porter. She is the best math teacher I have ever had and is so understanding. Everyday we did a Stats Medic activity which really made the hard topics easier to understand. If there was ever a part of the class I was stuck on, she made sure to take extra time so we could understand it better. Towards the end of the year, we did a lot of review so we were extra prepared for the exam. We took the Stats Medic review course, and what I personally liked the best was the mock exams we took. They helped me understand what the exam would look like so it was not a total surprise. At the beginning of the year I was extremely nervous because I knew this was a difficult math class, but she made it easy and was always available to answer questions. She is awesome and an amazing teacher!

LA

Student

Mrs. Ashley was such a wonderful Precalculus teacher this year. I've really enjoyed being a part of her class. She has a very clear and concise way of teaching and helped me get my head around those difficult equations that I was finding impossible one year ago. I don't know where I'd be standing right now with regards to my math skills if not for her course. She greatly helped me appreciate mathematics and was a brilliant teacher! 

DEG

Homeschooler

Ashley Porter gives 200% of herself to her students. I wish I had had her in highschool when I was struggling in math. Words can’t describe her passion, her devotion and her heart for her students. Every student matters and my son is only succeeding in Geometry because of her. All it takes is one teacher to make a difference in a student's life and Ashley is that teacher. I will tell everyone I know to use Blue Tent Online courses.

MS

Parent

The guided notes were extremely helpful and I found them to be a great resource. I think the way we went through them in class and the way we used them througout the week was very helpful; much better than anything I've ever found in another math class.

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I think the way you presented the guided notes and systematically filled them in whilst explaining the concepts was excellent. I've actually never learned mathematics in that method before, and I found the new approach really practical.

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The guided notes provided me with a clear and structured basis for my Precalculus study. I could refer back to them whenever I needed to, as well as use them when reviewing for exams. You always answered any questions we had and thoroughly explained them as you went through the notes.

On "guided notes"

Three students

Ashley Porter is currently teaching my son Pre-Calculus (school year 2019-2020). Ashley has been extremely helpful and accommodating. She goes above and beyond in making sure her students have what they need to be successful in her class. Ashley is patient, kind, and caring and has always been available to offer assistance when needed. Ashley is very knowledgeable about what she teaches and has helped my son understand and excel in a subject that has always been challenging for him. He enjoys being in her class and the conversations he has with her. We are very thankful for Ashley and highly recommend her.

MM

Parent

From the very start of school, Mrs. Ashley was always very prepared for every class and every question we students had. Stats medic was a very helpful resource towards the end of our year. The videos were beyond helpful and went over everything we needed, while also Mrs Ashley was always available for any extra questions. Mrs. Ashley made it very clear that she was always willing to explain deeper and give examples. Although this was a difficult course, Mrs. Ashley did a great job of maintaining a professional and patient attitude at all times. I highly recommend Mrs. Ashley Porter!

DP

Statistics student

Mrs. Ashley has been my Pre-Calculus teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. I have never met a teacher who is so understanding of everyone’s passions and talents as much as she is. She always makes sure that everyone is comfortable and has comprehended new material that she teaches.

 

Her sense of humor makes her so enjoyable and genuinely fun to be around. I have had very few teachers who seem like friends to me, and she is one of them. I feel like I can talk to her about anything, and she truly listens and takes to heart anything that I tell her.

 

She is extremely caring and has a loving heart that can be shown simply by her acts of kindness. For example, she got every student in the Pre- Calculus class a gift for Christmas that she felt they would enjoy or that they talked about at some point during the school year. This is just one example of the many that I could share of her loving heart. She would be the best addition to any staff, and any student would be lucky to have her as a teacher.

LA

Student

Ashley Porter was my assistant for a number of semesters for my online Calculus III course here at NCSU. She was instrumental in setting up and perfecting the method I now use each semester to handle the entire process of grading tests for an online mathematics course. 

LN

NC State University Professor

Mrs. Ashley is an amazing teacher in every aspect. Not only does she know the material being taught, she explains it in a way for everyone to understand. She encourages her students to always have a positive mindset. When one student is in need of help, she will take time to assist them so they do not fall behind. Mrs. Ashley genuinely cares for the well-being of her students and wants to see them succeed. I have enjoyed having Mrs. Ashley as my teacher!

HD

Student

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About Lindsey Thompson
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
and Tutoring

Lindsey Thompson is a fantastic high school math tutor. She has been tutoring my son in Algebra 1. His confidence, understanding and attitude towards algebra has greatly improved.

 

What I love best is she looks and listens to his mathematical processing and if there is a foundational issue, or a gap in his learning, she “fixes his thinking” so he can move forward. She has also taught him that math is manageable and to not be intimidated by tough problems. I am so thankful for her support, enthusiasm and sweet personality. My son really likes working with Lindsey. I would highly recommend Lindsey for math instruction at the high school level.  

 

If anyone would like to contact me for a personal reference, I am happy to talk with them about our experience. Lindsey has been a huge blessing and I am so thankful for her help. 

KF

Homeschooling Mom

Mrs. Lindsey has high expectations for her class and helps all students accomplish their goals. As a student, I feel that she explains everything very thoroughly and is very open to any questions we might have. Her assignments have been efficient, quick and impacting. Mrs. Lindsey has a very organized class and even offers extra credit. She makes sure that we learn and deeply understand before we move on to a new assignment. I have enjoyed learning new skills and she has been very gracious to the students with discipline and making assignments fun.

KM

Algebra student

We are honored to write a review for Ms. Lindsey Thompson. She is the first tutor my daughter has connected with in 2 years and 2 different companies.

 

Lindsey is patient, accommodating, and engaging. She asks about my daughter beyond math and that created a connection. She also listened to me when I wanted to push more, and she calmed my anxiety when it was not necessary. She assesses my daughter's math skills and advises on what is needed to improve.

 

I especially love the convenience of being able to see her online. We actually live an hour apart, likely more with traffic. Lindsey was able to arrange online meetings and the internet connection is never a problem. I can speak for my daughter when I say we look forward to continuing our relationship for the long haul. She is a delight and worth every penny! 

SD

Homeschooling Mom

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About Bekah Hilton
Biology

I really enjoyed learning this year! it is super cool to be independent but with a group of people and also still be interactive.

NC

Homeschooler

This class gave me a great understanding of biology!  I particularly think the labs were helpful because they made me think deeper and make connections about the material in the textbook.  I also really enjoyed creating threads and responding to others in the forum each week.  I learned so much from my classmates there; I think it's a great aspect of the class.  Finally, the dissections were AWESOME!!  My sister took honors bio last year, and she would let me watch and occasionally help with her dissection.  It was just as enjoyable the second time around.  Later in high school I am considering taking an AP bio class because I love this topic, and I feel like this gives me a solid base to expand from. Thank you for a great year Ms. Bekah!

ES

Homeschooler

I just wanted to say I loved the live dissections!

HI

Homeschooler

Hi Mrs. Hilton, I want to thank you for such a great school year. I love learning about new things, especially about the human body, but learning about all these extinct animals was really cool, and something that really fascinated me was that jelly fish have been living in this world longer than most organisms. But without this course, I would not have the knowledge that I have now, and I want to thank you for everything that you have done!

AV

Homeschooler

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About Anna Harvey
Intro to Literature

All of my peers had interesting ideas to add to (forum) threads. A lot of them were conflicting, but I think that made everyone consider more viewpoints and think broader about whatever we were discussing. I also enjoyed getting to read all the essays throughout the year. Thank you for a great year, Mrs. Harvey; you are an amazing teacher!! I'm excited to take English with Mrs. Proctor next year, but I hope I can have you as a teacher again before I graduate.

ES

Student

At the beginning of the year, my knowledge and capacity for building essays was minimal. Now, at the end of the year, I'd like to say I've learned, not only how to write a proper essay, but how to format it. MLA 8 is a really professional-looking way of writing essays. so I'm able to look professional in essays outside of this class! I'm sure it surprised my other teachers 😉. My essays are now more functional, well-structured, and also easy-to-read whilst containing the proper information. Thank you for this amazing year, Mrs. Harvey!

HE

Student

This class refined my basic knowledge of citations, and introduced me to dropped quotations, which I definitely had a lot of trouble with. Unlike my brother, my favorite part of the class was actually forums. Out of the 9 years I've been homeschooled, this is the first online class I've taken where the students actually "interact" with each other, so that was a new and amazing experience for me. This class has helped me so much. I believe (and hope) I will be walking into Mrs. Procter's class well prepared.

HI

Student

This was my first online class and I really enjoyed having this experience! I've learned about taking notes for essays, creating citations, reaching out if you have questions, how to create a well-written essay, and so much more. Thank you for everything!

JM

Student

One of the best parts of this class (my personal favorite), are the forums. There will be many discussions on the books you are reading and analyzing, poems, and essays.  There’s just something awesome about a conversation with 35 replies and even more replies to those replies, all created by a class.  The forums will allow you to consider ideas that never would have crossed your mind, and conflicting ones that make you reconsider your own viewpoints.  If you’re lucky like me, you’ll find yourself in a class with some phenomenal thinkers.

 

It will push you to observe, analyze, and think deeper than you think you can.  The grammar rules you will learn set a foundation for creative thinking and writing that will happen in this class.  Your papers will force you to take solid facts and weave them into your arguments and opinions, supporting them.  I know I’ve gotten better at organizing a paper and sources; Mrs. Harvey will guide you through, so don’t be intimidated.  They will build on each other as you write them throughout the year.  You’ll be able to use feedback from your first essay to improve your second, and so on.  In fact, that’s what’s great about this class.  Everything builds on previous knowledge, sort of like a Jenga tower getting higher and higher as you play.  Nothing feels like useless knowledge.

ES

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