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Amanda Tilghman

Amanda Tilghman

Amanda Tilghman is a science teacher at Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA). Ms. Tilghman has been teaching since 2013 and has a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and a PhD in science education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She shares her teaching journey below:

“My favorite teacher in high school was my biology teacher,” said Ms. Tilghman. “He influenced me to become the teacher I am today. I enjoy helping others realize their unique potential. I love teaching at ARCA because I love the flexibility that ARCA offers to students and families. Education should not be a one-size-fits-all endeavor.”

What makes ARCA so special? “An ARCA education helps students prepare for a bright and successful future,” continued Ms. Tilghman. “Technology is such an important part of society, and the experience of online learning is a valuable asset to transfer to a future career. The school community is so special, even though we are spread out across the state. Everyone stays connected. If there was one thing I’d tell a prospective parent as they are making the decision to enroll in our school, it would be that the curriculum and teachers are excellent.”

For fun, Ms. Tilghman loves the outdoors and nature. She enjoys gardening and cooking. She also has a son who is a student at ARCA, so she is an ARCA parent as well!

An ARCA education helps students prepare for a bright and successful future.
—Ms. Tilghman, Science Teacher