Susan Bailey is a secondary advisory teacher at Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA). She started at ARCA in 2016. Below, she discusses her journey as a teacher:
“I have been teaching for eight years. I graduated in 1987 with an associate degree in early childhood education. In 2009, I graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, and in 2010 I graduated with a Master of Arts in teaching. In addition, I am attending graduate school to earn my administration degree.
Since I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a teacher. My first career was working with young children from birth to five years. My first leadership role was as a teacher of two-year-olds, where I learned that positive reinforcement works better than negative comments or punishment.
When I graduated from the University of Arkansas with my teaching degree, I started working with struggling students in the elementary grades. I found that I have a true calling to help students who are struggling or in need of more guidance. I enjoy working one-on-one with students. Now I feel I have the perfect job. At ARCA, I get to work with students one-on-one over the phone, during student–teacher access time (STAT), or in LiveLesson sessions. I can continue to work with an individual student until he or she feels comfortable and able to complete the activity. In the virtual setting, I can spend as much time as I need with a given student and not worry about the behavior of other students, which would be the case in a brick-and-mortar classroom.
I feel that ARCA is a great community of professionals and a place where I can continue to grow as a teacher. We have students across our wonderful state whom I get to work with and meet during our field trips and events. In our virtual world, we are connecting students across our state with amazing teachers and facilitating their participation in an award-winning curriculum. I feel that students who complete our program will be highly successful in the 21st century. Here at ARCA, families have the opportunity to work at their own pace and schedule their day around other activities.
I am excited about the upcoming year, and I look forward to meeting all of our amazing families.”
In our virtual world, we are connecting students across our state with amazing teachers and facilitating their participation in an award-winning curriculum.