Stephen Benton

Instructional Coach

Education Specialist, Instructional Technology, Kennesaw State University; MA, Teaching, Secondary Education, Georgia College; BA, History (Major); Anthropology (Minor), Georgia College

Stephen Benton joined Connections Academy in August 2013.

Why I Became a Teacher

My interest in education was a result of my passion for history and civic education. I wanted to share my passion for social studies with students in order to promote an educated citizenry, which is crucial for the success of a democratic society.

I love working at Georgia Connections Academy because I can incorporate technology into my instructional practices. Working at an online school allows me to be a pioneer in the field of educational technology. I have even been able to support colleagues in brick-and-mortar settings with the transition to blended and online learning as a result of COVID-19 due to the experiences that I have had working in this environment.

Working at an online school allows me to be a pioneer in the field of educational technology.

— Mr. Benton

The Online School Experience at Georgia Connections Academy

Georgia Connections Academy creates a welcoming community by hosting orientation sessions, field trips, welcome, and end-of-year events as well as a variety of clubs and activities for students. We also have community groups with students and parents throughout the state that meet up to provide opportunities for social interaction and support for students and parents.

My favorite part of my job is working with teachers to help them incorporate a variety of technology tools into their instructional practice to provide students with real-world scenarios that they can relate to a personal experience, so they understand how the skills they are learning are relevant in the context of their own lives.

Message for Prospective Families Choosing Online School

An education at Georgia Connections Academy prepares students for the challenges of living and working with a diverse community in the 21st century by developing skills in digital literacy and citizenship. Students learn to work and collaborate with a diverse group of students in a remote environment by utilizing a variety of technology tools that prepare them for their chosen college or career path.

Connections Academy prepares students for a bright future by providing students the opportunity to take ownership of their learning and develop skills to prepare them for success in the 21st century workplace.