Special Education Teacher
Master’s Degree, Special Education, Arkansas State University; BS, Communication Disorders, Texas State Universit
Carlinda Pacheco began teaching in 1996 and joined Arkansas Connections Academy in 2020 as a special education 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 Connections Academy
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. Pacheco
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.