PhD, Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago; Master of Arts, Elementary Education, New York University; Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Southern Illinois University; Advanced Certificate, Educational/Organizational Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Carol Larson joined Indiana Connections Academy in 2021 as the school leader. Dr. Larson loves being able to provide Indiana students with more options for learning, and feels honored to work with students who live throughout the state. In addition to receiving a PhD in Education Psychology, she is currently working to receive a superintendent endorsement from Ball State University. Learn more about Dr. Larson below!
Why I Became an Educator
I was raised in a working-class family—my parents did not attend college. They are hardworking people who made a lot of sacrifices to raise their family. My mother always talked about how her limited education prevented her from realizing her dreams, so she was especially committed to educating her children. Because of her dedication, I am proud to say that I am a first-generation college student. I know first-hand how a quality education can transform a person’s life. I want to pay-it-forward to our younger generations so that they, too, will have opportunities to realize their dreams and aspirations. For this reason, I have been in the field of education for 30 years and counting.
At Indiana Connections Academy, my favorite part of the job is to meet and interact with our school community. I feel great joy when we work together in ways that benefit our students. Also, my role requires me to be a life-long learner, which keeps my job fresh and interesting. I am always learning something new.
The Online School Experience at Indiana Connections Academy
Not only can our students choose a traditional or vocational pathway, but we also help to advance 21st Century skills, such as the development of self-agency and independent learning, digital literacy, collaboration, resourcefulness, and more. Also, as we continue to experience significant societal shifts such as an increase in remote work, Indiana Connections Academy students will be in a strong position to meet the demands of an evolving workplace that requires them to be proficient at completing projects and collaborating in virtual environments.
Developing an equitable and inclusive environment is very important to me. This has been a guiding principle throughout my career. I believe that the most successful schools are the ones where the families and educators work as partners to promote an effective and healthy learning environment for our youth.
I believe that the most successful schools are the ones where the families and educators work as partners to promote an effective and healthy learning environment for our youth.
— Dr. Larson
The Benefits of K-12 Online Learning
Compared to traditional brick-and-mortar settings, online schools can provide greater flexibility and personalization. They also promote equity by removing location barriers to learning. For instance, students can access Indiana Connections Academy and its programs regardless of where they live in Indiana.