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Eduardo Valenzuela

Secondary Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Johns Hopkins University; Master of Arts, Criminal Justice, Florida Atlantic University

Mr. Valenzuela teaches middle school English Language Arts and high school chemistry. He has over seven years of teaching experience and joined Coastal Connections Academy this year. Mr. Valenzuela shares more below!

Why I Became an Educator

I originally started my career as a social worker for children in Baltimore, Maryland. Eventually, I moved back to Florida, and I wanted to pursue a similar career where I could help children. A friend of mine encouraged me to start teaching. I immediately fell in love with it!

The Online School Experience at Coastal Connections Academy

The best part of teaching at Coastal Connections Academy is working with such a phenomenal team. All the teachers and staff are super dedicated and friendly. You would think that in a virtual setting, things would become impersonal, but it’s the complete opposite! I see and talk with my peers and students now more than I ever I did in a brick-and-mortar setting.

Student engagement is my main priority most days, and I encourage this by bringing lessons to a personal level. Talking one-on-one with students and getting to know them goes a long way. That rapport helps build a bond that encourages students to complete lessons on time, and even enjoy doing so!

"Education here at Coastal Connections Academy helps students for a bright future by really catering to individual needs and schedules. Our flexibility and massive support network make learning fun and comfortable for students."

— Mr. Valenzuela

My Interests

I am a huge movie buff and an avid gamer. My favorite director is Wes Anderson, and my favorite game is Super Smash Brothers. In fact, I've been part of the semi-pro circuit, winning several local tournaments! I also really enjoy animation, especially Japanese anime. I'm just a big kid at heart.