Shakira Matherly is a secondary school social studies teacher at Arizona Connections Academy (ACA). Ms. Matherly started teaching in 2002 and joined ACA in 2007. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social science from Chapman University.
When asked about her experiences with ACA, Ms. Matherly said:
“I love teaching at ACA for several reasons. First, I like having so many resources at my fingertips. From Discovery Education™ videos to flashcards within each lesson, I am confident there is something to help each student learn in a way that is most beneficial to him or her. Second, I love the curriculum. It is high quality, yet it is also easy for students to follow and understand. My favorite part of each lesson is the note-taking guide that is provided at the beginning of the reading section. At the middle school level, it is an invaluable tool. Most importantly, I am lucky to be able to interact with each of my students through LiveLesson® sessions, field trips, and phone calls. I feel like I can more effectively shape each student’s program when I am able to communicate with him or her one-on-one.
There are countless benefits to teaching in this environment. My top reason is that I am able to reach out to families more often and more effectively than I would in a bricks-and-mortar school. When the parent, student, and teacher work together to create a plan for success, the student’s positive growth and learning is substantial. I also think that the resources are top-notch and integrate into the curriculum well. I can collaborate with teachers across the nation to find ways to help make the tools that we use most beneficial to students.”
At ACA, I am able to reach out to families more often and more effectively than I would in a bricks-and-mortar school. When the parent, student, and teacher work together to create a plan for success, the student’s positive growth and learning is substantial.