High School Teacher
BA, History and Secondary Education, Lyon College
Cathy Orr began her teaching career in 2003 and joined Arkansas Connections Academy in 2020. She teaches world history,
intro to sociology, Arkansas history, and world geography to grades 9‒12. Learn more about Ms. Orr below:
Why I Became a Teacher
I grew up in a house with parents who loved history and passed that on to me and my sister. My dad is a retired high
school social studies teacher, and my mom was the director of the museum in our town for more than 20 years. I decided
to follow in my father’s footsteps after taking a U.S. history class in college. I knew I wanted to show high school
students how interesting, fun, and relevant history is in our lives.
The Benefits of K‒12 Online Learning
One of the biggest benefits of an online school is the individualized instruction that I can create for my students.
We’re also able to create strong relationships with our students through one-on-one discussions, small groups, and phone
I like the flexibility that Arkansas Connections Academy offers both students and teachers. Everyone at Arkansas
Connections Academy cares about each other and our students. We know how important relationships are, and we strive to
make lasting ones with our students and families.
The teachers at Arkansas Connections Academy are focused on helping your student to be successful.
— Ms. Orr
I love to travel with my family and have been to England, Scotland, France, Spain, Greece, Italy, Costa Rica, Mexico,
and South Africa.