I love the flexibility that our school structure allows for students and families alike. Our students work extremely hard to balance school along with the other awesome individual experiences that each of them is exploring along their educational journeys. Colorado Connections Academy allows for that school-life balance, and it is so incredible to see and hear all of the individual stories and experiences that are taking place within our Colorado Connections Academy family! For me, personally, teaching online allows me the opportunity to reach and build a positive relationship with many different members of our community. I am not restricted to just speaking with students who are in my classroom or staff who teach in my specific grade level or wing of the building. It’s a family mentality here at Colorado Connections Academy.
I think it is important to take the time on phone calls or in LiveLessons® to get to know the students for who they are as people and to build that sense of community in each respective virtual classroom. Allowing students to share their experiences with others helps build those connections and commonalities. We are all in this together at Colorado Connections Academy, so making sure each of our students knows that and feels that is very important to me.
Embarking on an educational journey in the virtual world is an incredibly rewarding process, but one that also presents challenges along the way. These challenges teach life lessons and create necessary skills that will help students as they venture into society to achieve their own dreams. Colorado Connections Academy teaches students the art of self-discipline, advocacy, and collaboration. While students are responsible for their own learning at Colorado Connections Academy and need to maintain a level of self-discipline to stay on track, they are never alone. Teachers are a phone call or an email away. Learning Coaches are there for support. We are all working toward the same goal and with a level of collaboration that is unmatched.”
My free time is all about family, the outdoors, and sports. I spend as much time as possible with my wife, Kaylyn, and our two dogs, Regis and Ruby. We really enjoy doing anything that involves being outside—hiking, golfing, or enjoying some yard games. In addition, I am a HUGE sports fan. Whether it’s basketball, football, or baseball season, you can bet that one of these sports is what’s on the TV in our household each and every night.”