Andrea Wiggins has five children — three adopted and two biological. Some have gone to public schools, while others attended K-12 private schools using scholarships. Over the last 10 years, she has made more decisions about how and where her children will learn than most parents do in a lifetime.
Each decision has been driven by Andrea’s desire to give each child the learning experience best suited to their individual needs. Her adopted daughter, Elizabeth, for example, has special needs. Andrea knew Elizabeth “had some significant attachment issues and a lot of learning delays.”
“I had gone through college and had my special education teaching perspective,” Andrea said in an interview, “but living with it every single day at home,