• Building Strong Networks of Support

    Military Family Life — When navigating and building support networks for military life, personal connections make all the difference. For all the moving pieces—transitions, mental health, school changes, deployment, and more—many avenues of support are available, and a few helping hands can bring those pieces together. Seasons of My Military Student…

  • Back to School Advice: Look for the New Kid

    Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for Scary Mommy — “Look for the new kid.” A common saying I tell my children as I help zip up their backpacks, arrange their clothes and tie their shoes preparing for the first day of school. It’s a simple saying, but one that can change the trajectory…

  • Kindergarten: Ready or Not?

    Stacy Allsbook-Huisman for Military Spouse magazine — Kindergarten is a magical year, when eager little ones head to school for the first time. Ready to learn, ready to be independent, ready to grow. But not all children are ready to take the leap of freedom or pace of learning. Not all…

  • New high school: Preparation is key

    Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for Military Spouse magazine — For military-connected students, the transition from middle school to high school can be compounded by a PCS move. Moving to a new community, loss of social support networks and unfamiliar academic expectations will be a heavy burden for budding teens. Planning for the…

  • Seasons wins Gold Award from IBPA

    Elva Resa Publishing — Seasons of My Military Student: Practical Ideas for Parents and Teachers by Amanda Trimillos, EdD, and Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman won Gold in the education category at the 2019 IBPA Benjamin Franklin AwardsTM, announced during a gala ceremony April 5, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Given by the Independent…

  • Questions for MIC3 Commissioners

    Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman for Millie Journal — I can’t see the future. I don’t know what I need to prepare for when I’m withdrawing from one school, planning for the next. Even though we are an active duty military family of twenty-five years, it’s the first time I’ll have a middle…

  • Don’t Get Burned by the Summer Slide

    Lizann Lightfoot for Military Families magazine – Every summer, students lose some of the skills and information gained over the school year. In some cases, this can mean up to two months of lost learning. Teachers refer to this regression as the summer slide. This can be particularly problematic for…

  • Parent, Educator Join Forces for Military Kids

    Rebecca Alwine for Military Families magazine – Every good military spouse friendship has a story. The story of Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman and Amanda Trimillos began with their passion for helping other military families. They consulted on education stories, interviewed each other for various projects, and both contributed to Stories Around the Table:…

  • Switching Schools May Cause Poor Placement

    Sarah Harris for NPR affiliate WUNC –  More than 1 million school-age kids have parents on active duty in the US military, and the vast majority of those military kids go to public schools. Tamara Boyett is a senior at Indian River Central School in northern New York. Her dad…

  • Seasons of Change

    Lisa Smith Molinari in Stars and Stripes – According to the authors of Seasons of My Military Student: Practical Ideas for Parents and Teachers, parents and educators should use a team approach to help military kids through transitions. Authors Amanda Trimillos, Air Force spouse, teacher, and mother of four, and Stacy…