Elementary School Teacher
Emily Colston started teaching in 2017, when she joined Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA) as an elementary school
teacher. Ms. Colston earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Harding University and her Master's
in Educational Theory and Practice from Arkansas State University.
“I became a teacher because my dad was a high school teacher when I was little. I would play school with my cousin
growing up and we both played teachers. In high school, I was in a club named EduCats, an organization for students who
wanted to become teachers. It was really solidified for me when I was doing my student internship that I was in fact
following the right career path. I love the kids, I love watching them grow as they learn, and I love seeing those light
bulb moments. I hope that I can instill a love of learning in my students.
I love teaching at ARCA because I am a virtual learner myself (pursuing my master’s). I get to see how things work from
a teaching perspective, and I can help my students relate to being an online learner as well. I also love that I am
reaching students across the state, and not just locally like in a brick-and-mortar school. People are able to expand
their horizons and learn more about each other and how things are in parts of the state that they have never seen.
I love the kids, I love watching them grow as they learn, and I love seeing those light bulb moments.
— Ms. Colston
The benefit of online school is that there is more freedom in this school environment for reaching and assisting
students. I feel that we have tons of resources that are more readily available and we are preparing students for a
bright and successful future through the use of technology. Students also learn at their own pace. If a student has
grasped a concept, they can move on to the next thing without having to wait for an entire class to master a topic or
standard. If students need to slow down a little bit so they can comprehend, they can.”
For fun, Ms. Colston loves to read, cross-stitch, and take care of all the animals in her home. She currently has three
dogs and four cats. At one point she had fish, bullfrogs, a rabbit, a Russian tortoise, guinea pigs, and a gerbil!