High School Teacher
Master’s Degree, Curriculum and Instruction, Doane University; Bachelor’s Degree, English, Spanish, and International Studies, Northwest Missouri State University
Carrie Christensen is a high school social studies teacher at Iowa Connections Academy®. She teaches U.S. History,
Cultural Geography, and Freshman Success. Learn more about Ms. Christensen below:
Why I Became a Teacher
My path to education began as a substitute teacher. I started substituting as a part-time job out of college and quickly
realized that’s where my passion and talents lie. After three years of full-time substitute teaching, I decided to go
back to school and get a teaching degree. My decision to teach social studies comes from a passion for history. Social
studies classes are fun because you get to teach students how to think critically.
The Online School Experience at Iowa Connections Academy
I love the flexibility and personalization the school offers students. There’s a strong sense of familial ties at Iowa
Connections Academy. Veteran teachers look out for new teachers; returning families help beginning families; and
students know their teachers care about them. Online settings require everyone to be more intentional about
communication and as a result, no one feels as if they’re being left behind.
I love that teachers are able to get to know not just the individual student but also their entire family. As a result,
teachers, students, and families can cultivate relationships and work together on accomplishing goals. It eliminates the
disconnect that can sometimes exist between the instructor and the pupil.
I’ve heard many stories from families about what brought them to Iowa Connections Academy. Their gratefulness and
appreciation that this program exists is inspiring. I want to serve students to the best of my ability.
— Ms. Christensen
The Benefits of K–12 Online Learning
Our high school students learn efficacy. They demonstrate intrinsic motivation, high levels of productivity, and a
strong work ethic. Students also learn to advocate for themselves. They learn how to ask questions; when to ask
questions; and, most importantly, who they can go to for help. Students from Iowa Connections Academy can use these
skills in whatever career they choose after graduation.
Message for Prospective Families Choosing Online School
Online learning can be new and daunting for parents, but Iowa Connections Academy has been in the business for years. We
are the experts, and we’re going to make the experience a positive one for you and your family.
Hobbies and Interests
In my free time, I like to play with my newly adopted Yorkie, Maggie. I also spend time traveling, biking, gardening,
keeping up with world news, and free reading. I make it a goal to read 100 books every year!