Scott Shackelford is a teacher at Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA). He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and journalism from the University of Arkansas. Later, he earned two Master of Arts degrees from the University of Arkansas, in political science and teaching. He started his career at ARCA in 2017. Mr. Shackelford’s story is below:
“I became a teacher because I like the idea of serving my community while trying to improve the citizenry. That is, the young people we educate will be voters someday, which means that we are teaching tomorrow’s voters, the people who will shape the world.
An education at Connections Academy helps prepare students for the world because it aims to instill time management skills, a quest for knowledge, and pride in a job well done in our students. One benefit to online schooling over brick-and-mortar schooling is that you get to see students successfully work at different paces in online school. Students are not over-penalized for being ‘too slow’ while their peers are not penalized for being ‘too fast.’
The best part about teaching at Connections Academy thus far is the people. My fellow teachers could not be more service-driven, more down-to-earth, or more willing to help in any way possible. This is a great staff. Serving with them is humbling.”
In his spare time, Mr. Shackelford enjoys being with friends and family, especially his wife, dog, and parents. He also enjoys discussing politics, reading, watching movies, and cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks in any sport.
One benefit to online schooling over brick-and-mortar schooling is that you get to see students successfully work at different paces in online school.