Sara McGuire is a special education teacher at Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA). Ms. McGuire has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and a master’s degree in curriculum design from Adams State College. She also earned her juris doctor degree in law from the University of Colorado Boulder. Ms. McGuire shares her teaching journey story below:
“I’ve always been interested in social justice,” said Ms. McGuire. “When I was a child, my friends and I started a ‘butterfly hospital,’ where we rescued butterflies from the grills of parked cars. Later in high school, my friends and I organized a boycott against a multinational corporation due to the company’s promotion of a harmful infant formula in developing countries. After trying out a number of jobs, I’ve realized that the best way to impact positive change is through teaching. It’s such a privilege to work with and to teach young people, and to witness the growth and development that happens in each student, almost magically, through this process.
“The benefit of an online school is that home is a place where most of us feel safe, relaxed, and happy. When we feel safe, relaxed, and happy, most of us are able to work and learn at an optimal level. This is a tremendous advantage. Each student is able to work at his or her own pace and to access a rich array of courses and curriculum in the comfort of his or her own home, and with the oversight of caring teachers and parents. I can’t imagine a more ideal setting to prepare students for future success.
“Relationships, teamwork, and positive social connections with others are essential keys to success. I’m deeply impressed by the fact that our school administration embraces this world view wholeheartedly, and that teachers are encouraged to develop meaningful relationships not only with our students and their families, but also with each other.”
When Ms. McGuire isn’t working, she loves spending time with her family. They enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, and worshipping together. She recently visited Iceland and the Faeroe Islands, where she got to meet extended family and worshipped in one of the oldest churches in Reykjavík. She is also interested in social and educational issues affecting children and youth; organic gardening; and plant-based alternative medicines.
The benefit of an online school is that home is a place where most of us feel safe, relaxed, and happy. When we feel safe, relaxed, and happy, most of us are able to work and learn at an optimal level.