U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos learned about Wasilla's Mat-Su Central School Monday.

The school has the district's largest enrollment and is known for how it helps home-schooled students learn.

DeVos is a big supporter of school choice. She wants to learn more about the options given students in the school district.

"My goal is to visit as many different types of approaches to meeting the needs of students educationally as possible and to try to highlight those and to continue to encourage states and communities to think differently about how they meet the needs of students today and tomorrow," said DeVos during a news conference with Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

 
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Principal John Brown joined students and parents to tell DeVos how the school helps children learn.

"They owned their own education and to watch them through that transition was a real honor as a parent to just see them really own that education for themselves this year," said Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink.

"I used to like struggle socially, making new friends, and talking to new people and stuff like that," said student Konnor Kolberg. "But, because the teachers here are so good at talking to the students, they're so passionate about what they're teaching and stuff, they really engage the students socially and challenge them and stuff like that."

The comments impressed DeVos.

"This is a good example of beginning to think differently and creatively about what meeting the needs of individual students can look like," said DeVos.

DeVos found time to enjoy a cup of coffee from the school's coffee stand — a reward for a busy day in the classroom.

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