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Elementary School Teacher
Master’s degree, Educational Theory and Practice, Arkansas State University; Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, Harding University
Emily Colston is a second grade teacher who began teaching in 2017. She loves teaching at Arkansas Connections Academy and feels that there is more freedom in this type of school environment for reaching and assisting students than might be available in a brick and mortar environment. Ms. Colston shares her story below:
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 Arkansas Connections Academy because I was a virtual learner myself when I was pursuing my master’s degree. I got 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.
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.
I love the kids, I love watching them grow as they learn, and I love seeing those light bulb moments.
— Ms. Colston
I enjoy reading, cross-stitching, and taking care of all my animals. I currently have three dogs and four cats. At one point I had fish, bullfrogs, a rabbit, a Russian tortoise, guinea pigs, and a gerbil!
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