5th Grade Teacher
BA, Communications, Washington State University; MA, Teaching, City University
Cherie Knudsen is a fifth-grade teacher at Colorado Connections Academy. Ms. Knudsen started teaching in 2006 joined Connections Academy in 2017. She shares her story below:
Why I Became a Teacher
“I have wanted to be a teacher since my very first day of Kindergarten. I used to love having my stuffed animals be my students and I would teach them. As I grew up and experienced different careers, I always came back to my love of teaching and inspiring others to learn.
The Online School Experience at Colorado Connections Academy
Since starting at Colorado Connections Academy, I’ve found that even though I don’t see my students face to face every day, our time together is meaningful and allows me to get to know them on both a personal and educational level. Uninterrupted 1-on-1 time is so important to really get to know my students and their families.
Even though my students may never meet me or their classmates face to face, it’s important to build relationships with them. I love sending videos so that they can see me frequently. I also encourage them to bond over shared passions or hobbies in LiveLesson® by asking questions, taking polls, and letting students have time to chat with each other.
“Since starting at Colorado Connections Academy, I’ve found that even though I don’t see my students face to face every day, our time together is meaningful and allows me to get to know them on both a personal and educational level.”
— Ms. Knudsen
Message for Prospective Families Choosing Online School
Colorado Connections Academy prepares students to advocate for themselves by encouraging them to reach out to their teachers, since they don’t see them in person every day. It also teaches students organizational skills as they plan their days and weeks to complete their lessons. Colorado Connections Academy allows parents to get involved with their childrens’ education and learn and grow together, with a certified teacher there to guide them.
More About Me:
When I am not teaching, I love camping with my family and friends, cooking, reading, and playing tennis.”