Sara Carter is an English teacher at Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA). She earned her Bachelor of Arts in rhetoric and writing from the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith and her Master of Arts in teaching from the University of Arkansas. She started her teaching career in 2016 as a substitute teacher, before joining ARCA in 2017. Here is what Ms. Carter has to say about her teaching journey at ARCA:
“I became a teacher because, having had wonderful teachers who cared not only about my education but also about me, I wanted to do the same for my students. At ARCA, I love that even though I am not in a brick-and-mortar classroom, I am still able to connect with my students and their Learning Coaches. I also love that I am surrounded by teachers who are passionate not only about what they do and but also about their students.
In an online school like ARCA, teachers are not in the classroom with their students. As a result, teachers are required to take extra steps to connect with their students and learn more about them, which often leads to a deeper connection than might otherwise be achievable in a brick-and-mortar classroom.
ARCA employs a rigorous curriculum that keeps students engaged as they learn. Also, students must be able to reach out to their Learning Coaches and teachers when they need assistance, which encourages them to take ownership of their learning and advocate for themselves. Additionally, they learn to use technology not just as a recreational tool but also as an education tool, which prepares them for college and the workplace, where technology skills are often crucial to success.”
When she isn’t working, Ms. Carter loves to read, write, exercise, listen to music, and spend time with her family.
At ARCA, I love that even though I am not in a brick-and-mortar classroom, I am still able to connect with my students and their Learning Coaches.