Special Populations Teacher
Master’s Degree, Special Education, Arkansas State University; BS,
Communication Disorders, Texas State Universit
Carlinda Ferguson began teaching in 1996 and joined Arkansas Connections Academy in
2020 as a special populations teacher. She has previously taught fifth-, sixth-, and
seventh-grade math, literacy, and social studies, as well as Algebra I, geometry,
and quantitative literacy.
Why I Became a Teacher
I became a teacher because I wanted to mentor and teach young people, while creating a
positive footprint on this generation so they can succeed in life. I want to equip them with
the tools necessary to deal with issues that will come their way as they get older. Most of
my career has been spent advocating for students who have trouble advocating for themselves.
I give them the resources to help them do that.
The Online School Experience at Arkansas
There’s no other community like Arkansas Connections Academy. The people and the
relationships make it special. The student isn’t just a number—each gets
attention and will be challenged, not left alone. The teachers work hard to make sure the
child is successful. Teachers challenge students, and that’s what makes them rise to
their full potential.
The Benefits of K‒12 Online Learning
There are many ways to communicate at Arkansas Connections Academy. I also see time-saving
programs that we don’t have in a brick-and-mortar school. Each lesson is tailored to
each individual student.
Most of my career has been spent advocating for students who
have trouble advocating for themselves. I give them the resources to help them do that.
— Ms. Ferguson
I love the outdoors and enjoy camping, hiking, and biking. I spend a lot of time at my church
and hanging out with friends. I like to meet new people, serve, and help any way I can.