Lynsie Ward is a high school English teacher at Iowa Connections Academy (IACA). She earned her bachelor’s degree in English education from Lindenwood University, and her master’s degree in educational administration from William Woods University. Ms. Ward began her teaching career in 2002 and joined Connections Academy in 2014. She shares her teaching experience at ACA below.
“Both of my parents were educators, so I always joke that it was in my DNA to be a teacher. I knew very early on when I was doing peer tutoring in elementary school that teaching was what I loved. I believe so much in what the educational system can do for people, and I have always wanted to be part of that system.
I love teaching at IACA because the school community feels like a family—the staff, students and parents are all one unit that works hard for everyone to be successful. In a virtual setting, I have more opportunities to get to know the families that we work with. Because communication is the key to what we do, it is imperative for us to know our families. This is what makes us able to really personalize learning for our students.
There is such an emphasis on being an independent learner in an online learning environment that students leave the school truly prepared for the future no matter what that looks like for them. We, as teachers, help build support systems for our students so they can learn to be more independent.
The school community is so special because education is paramount in our students’ future endeavors. We have the opportunity to partner with families in this huge part of their life. The conversations and decisions that we help families make will stay with them forever.”
Aside from teaching, Ms. Ward also enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her three children.
There is such an emphasis on being an independent learner in an online environment that students leave the school truly prepared for the future no matter what that looks like for them.