Secondary School Teacher; Department Head–Electives
Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Mississippi
Gina Merritt began her teaching career in 2012 and joined Arkansas Connections Academy in 2016. She teaches health and
physical education to grades 6‒12. Learn more about Ms. Merritt below:
Why I Became a Teacher
When I began working, I still wanted to be available to my own children and have the same schedule. Becoming a teacher
made perfect sense, and it had always been a career I was interested in. I was valedictorian of my high school class and
graduated summa cum laude from college. I believed teaching would be a fulfilling career that would provide the
opportunity to help others find a love of learning. Becoming a teacher was a great decision that I haven’t regretted.
The Benefits of K‒12 Online Learning
I believe online education is the direction of the future. I’m able to build better relationships with my students in
the virtual setting at Arkansas Connections Academy than I was in a brick-and-mortar school. When I talk to my students
now, we have in-depth conversations.
The Online School Experience at Arkansas Connections Academy
Teaching at Arkansas Connections Academy also allows for more flexibility. Since there are no Live Lesson® sessions for
physical education, I encourage students to attend the many field trips Arkansas Connections Academy offers. These are
great fun and the perfect place to meet classmates.
We want all of our students to be successful, and we try in every way to make that happen.
— Ms. Merritt
Message for Prospective Families Choosing Online School
Take the leap! If online school is something that you’re interested in, you won’t be disappointed. At Arkansas
Connections Academy, students have an incredible opportunity to have a personalized educational experience and the
support of excellent teachers. And we support the parents too.
Students are prepared to enter the workforce or attend college once they graduate. The curriculum is top notch and
rigorous, and our teachers are the best. We hold our students accountable for learning the required material and provide
support along the way.
I live near a lake and enjoy fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. I also enjoy hiking and sightseeing all around the
state of Arkansas. When it’s cold outside, my favorite thing to do is curl up with a good book.