Annette Mencer is a high school teacher at Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA). Ms. Mencer started teaching in 2003 and just joined Connections Academy in 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice, plus a master's degree in counseling. She also has a rehabilitative counseling certificate and is a certified autism specialist. Her story is below:
“My parents, my sister, and many of my cousins are teachers. I got into teaching to help students reach their self-actualization in order to be happy, productive members of our society. I am certified in school counseling, ESL, family and consumer science, social studies, and PE.
I love teaching, seeing true differential teaching occurring, and working from home. The benefit of teaching at an online school versus a brick-and-mortar school is being able to offer personalized instructions as well as broader resources. Arkansas Connections Academy helps prepare students for a bright and successful future because it supports self-advocacy and also prepares students for the adult world of using technology in their daily lives. Everyone truly cares about each individual student. The amount of support is unbelievable!”
Ms. Mencer loves to travel, go camping, and spend time with her husband and two children. She has a cattle farm, a dog, and a cat. In her spare time, Ms. Mencer sits on two boards that advocate for people with disabilities and dabbles in photography.
I love teaching, seeing true differential teaching occurring, and working from home.