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Meet Our Arkansas Connections Academy School Leader

Darla Gardner


Darla Gardner

Principal Darla Gardner began her career in education 16 years ago as an elementary school teacher. Over the years, she has taught various grade levels. Most recently, she was the assistant principal at Oklahoma Connections Academy. She is now thrilled to be a part of Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA). She says, “Education is the key to our students’ success, and ARCA’s virtual learning environment offers them personalized learning and flexibility so they can achieve that success.” Her vision for ARCA is to work with families in a supportive, nurturing environment as a team to help them have a rewarding academic experience.


  • BS, elementary education, Northeastern State University
  • MEd, school administration, Northeastern State University