Elementary School Teacher
Lorie Fussner is an elementary school teacher at Arkansas Connections Academy (ARCA). She has been teaching since 1998
and joined Connections Academy in 2007. Ms. Fussner has a bachelor's degree from Drury University in Springfield,
Missouri and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Stephens College in Columba, Missouri. She shares her
teaching journey below:
“I became a teacher because of my grandmother,” said Ms. Fussner. “She was a teacher who taught in multiple small
country schools starting in the 1940s. While my parents worked second jobs every Saturday night, we stayed with her.
Saturday nights found us reading books, learning to cross-stitch, crochet, or watching Solid Gold. This led me to my
love of reading and learning,” said Ms. Fussner.
“I love teaching at ARCA because I get to know my families so well when teaching online. I love the excitement and
dedication our ARCA teachers have for teaching our families. The benefit of teaching at an online school versus a
bricks-and-mortar school is that the contacts are more rich and meaningful since I get to have conversations with both
students and parents on a regular basis. Teachers and families work together toward a common goal of getting students to
We help students succeed, and success leads to confidence, which will help students as they go through their school
career and life.
— Ms. Fussner
“We help students succeed, and success leads to confidence, which will help students as they go through their school
career and life. If there was one thing I would tell a prospective parent as they are making the decision to enroll in
our school, it would be to just do it! This is not a one-size-fits-all situation, and their child’s education can be
personalized to fit the student’s needs and to fit the family’s lifestyle.”
In Ms. Fussner’s spare time, she enjoys watching her boys play baseball and football, spending time with family, going
to church, reading, doing anything outdoors, and selling houses. She is married to the love of her life and lives in
central Missouri with their three sons. They love to travel to Creede, Colorado, every year for vacation and have two
goldendoodles, Gracie and Sugar, and a havanese named Jazzy.