Micah Lipscomb is a resource teacher at Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA). Mr. Lipscomb received his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Central Oklahoma and his master’s degree in education administration from Southwestern Oklahoma University. He started at ARCA in 2017 but has been teaching since 2000. Here’s what he has to say about teaching at ARCA:
“I became a teacher because of the simple fact that I wanted to have the type of impact on my students that so many teachers and coaches had on me. I love teaching at ARCA because I love the access to students, being able to engage with them in their homes and getting to work with the parents directly. The benefit of teaching in an online school is the individual attention students receive. Our workday includes time where students can come and get extra help and receive additional tailored instruction, along with the opportunity to just visit, devoid of distractions, other students, noise, and meeting and class schedules. We take the time to check in with students to ensure they are getting what they need in class and what they need for where they want to go in life. The challenging curriculum at ARCA prepares them academically for whatever the future has in store for them.
Another aspect of the individualized benefit to online schooling is the communication with parents. Some parents become Learning Coaches for their students and set time aside for communicating with the teacher. This way, they become more cognizant of their student’s needs and are more involved in their student’s overall education.
ARCA’s online school community is so special because of the connections made between the student, his or her parents or guardians, and everyone involved with his or her education. These connections provide the nexus between academics and life outside school. And this way of teaching provides an environment conducive to the education of the whole child.”
When Mr. Lipscomb isn’t at work, he enjoys cooking, singing, playing golf, weight lifting, and watching whichever sport is on TV. He also enjoys spending a lot of time with his family as they embark on new adventures, including visiting and hiking through national parks.
I love teaching at ARCA because I love the access to students, being able to engage with them in their homes and getting to work with the parents directly.