About Suzan Kurdak

Suzan Kurdak

Suzan Kurdak, Internal Communications Specialist, joined FLVS in 2011. Her many hats include journalism, copywriting, public relations, and single-parenting specialist. Having worked in public education and at the university level, she is aware of the ever-increasing demands on students, educators, and parents. Coupling her creativity and quick wit, she is passionate about boosting others, particularly women, to live life to their fullest potential.

Would You Rather…the Dentist or a DBA?

Blog_Public_SpeakingChances are that if you ask someone if they’d rather have dental work done or speak in front of an audience, that person will probably have to take a moment to think about it.

According to many studies, the idea of speaking in public or making a presentation ranks extremely high on the anxiety scale.

Along those lines, we’ve heard from many of our students that they are apprehensive when it comes to their discussion-based assessment, commonly known as a DBA. For those not familiar with the DBA, it is a verbal conversation between a student and teacher to discuss what he/she has learned in the modules.

If this is you, you can take some comfort in the simple fact you are not alone.

Have you ever watched someone talk in public and think, “Man, they are great—so relaxed and natural. I wish I could speak like that.” While it’s true that some have a natural gift for gab and their conversations seem effortless, it is quite possible that they had to learn to overcome their nervousness. Speaking professionally in a public setting, is a skill that must be developed and fine-tuned. And this takes time.

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FLVS Corkboard: March Highlights

corkboard-coverIt’s March, and minus the cold snap madness, spring has sprung—and FLVS continues to sow seeds of learning!

While you may be rooted in the “here and now” of schoolwork and tasks to accomplish this semester, we understand that some of you may already be thinking of life after high school. For many, that may mean college. Or, maybe you think you’d like to go to college but aren’t sure if you “have what it takes” or if you can afford it.

Great news! If you are a student in Florida, you can learn how to prepare for college without leaving your home. (But we do recognize that leaving the home is ultimately the goal of every child—and their parents.)

Virtual College Week

You can explore the notion of college all from your living room if you make plans now to participate in Virtual College Week, April 4-6. Presented by FloridaShines, students and parents can get free expert advice on all things college-related, including the admissions process and financial aid. Gather important information, ask questions, hear from others—demystify college at no cost. Continue reading


FLVS Corkboard: February Highlights

FLVS Corkboard February 2017

It’s February and we think you’re simply going to LOVE all that FLVS has to offer!

First, we want to remind you that Presidents’ Day is just around the corner. Please note that Monday, Feb. 20 and is a designated holiday break for all FLVS instructors and support staff.

After the long weekend, there are all kinds of opportunities that extend beyond the classroom or courses you select. Here are a few that FLVS is proud to sponsor:

Digital Learning Day

Celebrate Digital Learning Day (DLD) with FLVS next Thursday, Feb. 23. Digital learning can involve any instructional practice that uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. With digital advances ranging from educational apps to new online courses and programs, DLD is a day to keep up with the latest in online education. Be sure to check out our social media pages on this special day next week as we feature a DLD Elementary Takeover on the FLVS Instagram page. Viewers will be able to see “a day in the life” of our very own FLVS elementary students. Connect with us @floridavirtualschool to make sure you don’t miss it!

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FLVS Corkboard: January Highlights

FLVS January CorkboardJanuary is certainly jumping with activities and things to do!

We’re diving into spring semester full steam ahead, with exciting student events, celebrations, and course options. As always, we encourage you to stay connected with your teacher(s), visit www.flvs.net, and check out our social media pages for more information.

Spring is an important time for those planning ahead for college. If you or your student need help during this process, sit down with our advisement team for an upcoming webinar:

Financial Aid Overview 

Join FLVS on Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. for an informative webinar that will review how to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The webinar will also review how to complete the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) and how to find additional resources to assist students in paying for higher education. Click here to join on Thursday evening.   Continue reading


Thank you to Florida’s First Responders

Blog_FirstResponders_170111When my son was just three years old, he came very close to being swept away at sea. I wish this was an understatement.

My family and I were visiting our aunt and uncle who lived on Hutchinson Island during the winter. It was a comfortable December day and we strolled out to the beach to walk along the shoreline and see the ocean. There was no intent to go swimming. Maybe I didn’t make that clear enough to my toddler; he didn’t listen to mommy about not going into the water.

Taking off our shoes and putting our feet in was fine, but he quickly darted farther out—the receding tide was deceptive. I literally lunged toward him just in time to grab his tiny arm as a massive wave toppled over us both. I was knocked off my feet and completely submerged, doing my best to hoist him upward to where I believed the sky was.

Ah, I still get a shiver at the thought of what would’ve happened if I hadn’t been able to secure him in time. Continue reading


FLVS Corkboard: December Edition

FLVS Corkboard December 2016Dashing through December…in an FLVS kind of way…completing all assignments…improving all the way…ho, ho, ho!

Can you feel it? That sudden surge of excitement that loudly exclaims we are at the mid-year mark and ready to scratch off another year under our belts. Students, let me let you in on a secret…you’re not the only one excited about a break…shhh.

Whether you are a student or teacher sitting in a brick-and-mortar classroom or you plug in daily for online education, the rush from Thanksgiving to New Years can make it hard to focus. But buckle up—we are almost there!

December certainly has been bustling with activities and many of our students enjoyed immersing themselves deeper in technology during Computer Science Week with an Hour of Code (FLVS style, of course). Others recently journeyed to faraway lands, all from the comforts of home during the FLVS 2016 World Fest. No passports were needed, just the willingness to tune in and celebrate different cultures and hear travels and tales from some of our amazing teachers. Continue reading


FLVS Corkboard: November Highlights

flvs-corkboardNovember is whirling by as we travel ever-closer to saying farewell to 2016. As we celebrate things we’re thankful for at FLVS, we want to note just how thankful we are for YOU!

With the Thanksgiving holiday break upon us, sounds of “Woot, Woot!” can be heard across the nation. As a reminder, November 23-25, 2016, has been designated as the Thanksgiving holiday break for all Florida Virtual School teachers and staff.

The FLVS Customer Care Center will be closed November 24-27. Although teachers will not be available, you are welcome to continue regular progress in your course.

Whether you are traveling to loved ones or are going to be vacationing at home, we are so thankful for you and wish you a most wonderful and safe holiday!

By this point in the year, students, teachers, and families are well on their educational journey, navigating the school year waters. While some students are treading diligently at their pace, there are others setting their sights on life after high school. Continue reading


Be Thankful for Freedom this Veterans Day

Today I am thankful for FreedomMusic NotesAnd I’m proud to be an American…

…where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the ones who died who gave that right to me. And I’ll gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today. Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land, God Bless the USA.  – Lee Greenwood, Songwriter

I am proud to be an American. There is no doubt in my mind that we live in the greatest country in the world. We are very fortunate to enjoy many liberties. We are free, and I for one, am very thankful for my freedom.

On this Veterans Day, as our nation decompresses from a highly contentious race to the White House, let us celebrate this historic day by honoring the brave men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Continue reading


FLVS Corkboard: October Highlights

flvs-corkboard-newsletter-october-2016It’s October and there’s a bushel of activities we know you’ll FALL in love with!

First, we want to let you know that the deadline for Fall 2016 Virge Literary Magazine submissions has been extended. Submit your original artwork, photography, and/or writing entries by October 7, 2016 to be considered for publication.

The theme for this edition is Muse (to consider something thoughtfully; a person who is a source of artistic inspiration). Find more details and download a publication form here.

If you’re looking for other ways to connect with classmates, we have a few more suggestions! Start by viewing our upcoming events in the student resources section of our website. Our clubs page also includes a calendar of upcoming dates and opportunities for specific groups.

Looking for other ways to get involved? Check out a few of these opportunities:
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FLVS Corkboard: August Highlights

FLVS CorkboardWhether you’re a student, teacher, parent, or administrator, heading back to school and starting a new school year can cause a flood of varying emotions.

How is it possible to feel excited, nervous, happy, sad, encouraged, jazzed, and anxious all at the same time?

A new school year brings new opportunities and we have some just for you!

First, welcome to reading a new segment on our blog named FLVS Corkboard. As part of our efforts to streamline school-wide communications, we decided to fold our previous stand-alone newsletter, The Pulse, into this new monthly series!

Here, we’ll offer highlights and news bits for all our students and parents on all things FLVS. Consider subscribing to The Virtual Voice to help keep you connected. Continue reading