Casey Wigginton is a high school biology and earth science teacher at Alabama Connections Academy. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in chemical engineering and then became a systems engineer at a nuclear plant. Soon after, Mr. Wigginton decided to go back to school to follow his passion to become a teacher. After earning his master’s degree in secondary science education from the University of North Alabama, he began teaching in 2017 and joined Connections Academy in 2017. Read below to learn what Mr. Wigginton loves about teaching at Alabama Connections Academy.
“The biggest advantage of being an online teacher is the individual approach we are able to give every student. Almost all interactions with students are one-on-one and personal. I love the personal relationships we [teachers] get to have with every student. I know the students and their needs individually. I also know how the family and I can work together for the benefit of the student.
Connections Academy helps foster independent growth. While we are here to help, many of our students’ daily tasks require them to be self-motivated and able to work independently. Colleges and workplaces are now looking for students who have proven these skills prior to attending.”
Aside from teaching, Mr. Wigginton also loves to spend time with his wife and children, working in the garden, playing tennis, and doing photography.
I love the personal relationships we get to have with every student. I know the students and their needs individually. I also know how the family and I can work together for the benefit of the student.