Mark Kalkbrenner is a world history teacher at Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA). Mr. Kalkbrenner started his teaching career in 1994 and joined Arkansas Connections Academy in 2019. He has a bachelor’s degree and a master of science in education from Arkansas State University. Mr. Kalkbrenner shares his teaching journey below:
“I have always loved history and working with kids, so what better way to do both than to teach,” he said. “I started in the alternative school for Pine Bluff teaching at-risk students. I then went to Pine Bluff High, teaching AP® U.S. History and Honors World History. I have been in the White Hall district for the past 15 years, at Redfield Jr. High, and later White Hall Middle School, teaching subjects for grades 6–9 as needed. I have also been an adjunct instructor for SEARK College since 2002, teaching western civilization, U.S. history, American government, and state and local government.
“I love the flexibility and the personality of ARCA. A benefit to teaching online school is the flexibility and one-on-one attention for students. It enables a student to work at his or her own pace and explore issues more in-depth than is usually possible elsewhere.
“The ARCA community is special because it is personal and caring. Everyone looks out for each other. Your child can expect to be challenged and be successful without being held back. He or she can grow and explore.”
Mr. Kalkbrenner has been married for over 29 years, has two daughters and a grandson named Henry who rules their world, and another grandchild on the way. For fun, he is an avid reenactor who does long hunter, French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, and World War II (as a Soviet sniper). He is also very involved with masonry at all levels in Arkansas.
The ARCA community is special because it is personal and caring. Everyone looks out for each other. Your child can expect to be challenged and be successful without being held back. He or she can grow and explore.
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