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Marsha Harp

Elementary School Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, Oceanography, University of West Florida

Marsha Harp started teaching in 2012 and joined Coastal Connections Academy in 2021. She currently teaches all subject areas to students in fifth grade. Mrs. Harp was previously a STEM teacher and taught first grade.

Why I Became a Teacher

I have always loved sharing knowledge. Although I earned a degree in the science field, my passion was collaborating and teaching others to explore ideas. So, I combined the two and began teaching in 2012. I discovered how powerful teaching is.

I fell in love with teaching as I watched students light up when discovering new information or achieving success when they thought they couldn’t. I later developed a passion for STEM and teaching 21st-century skills. I believe our job as educators is to develop lifelong learners and to coach students to think critically and collaborate with others.

The Online School Experience at Coastal Connections Academy

I love teaching at Coastal Connections Academy! My goal is to bridge the gap between the bricks-and-mortar school and the online environment. Teaching virtually can be challenging, but Coastal provides me with the flexibility to implement engaging activities with my students and build close relationships with them. This makes learning online easier for my students and families.

My LiveLesson® sessions are an ever-changing experience for students. The platform allows me to integrate all sorts of extra resources. Students can interact and build relationships with one another and with me! 

“I fell in love with teaching as I watched students light up when discovering new information or achieving success when they thought they couldn’t.”

— Mrs. Harp

Message for Families Considering Online School

Coastal Connections Academy uses the most up-to-date technology and standards-driven assessments and lessons to ensure students are successful. We have very caring and engaging teachers that build relationships with their students. It is a blessing to be able to spend time with your child and accompany them on their learning journey! I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to be hands-on and more involved with your child’s education!

My Interests

I am a married mother of four. My oldest attends the University of Florida—GO GATORS! Two of my sons are in high school and I have a daughter in middle school. I love to travel and be outdoors! Camping, scuba diving, DIY projects, and gardening are some of my most favorite things.