Middle School Science Teacher
Christina Andresen is a science teacher at Iowa Connections Academy. She joined the school in 2019 but has been
teaching since 2012. Ms. Andresen earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa in elementary/middle
level education and earned her masters of education in adolescent literacy and technology from Walden University. She
shares her teaching journey below:
“I had a few teachers who made a great impact on my life by being considerate and caring. I wanted to be that
rock/bright spot for someone else. I love teaching at Iowa Connections Academy because from the minute I walked through
the door, I felt like I entered into a new family. The other teachers and the support you are surrounded by makes a
teacher feel welcomed. It’s a great place to try new ideas and take risks, all to bring students the best personalized
educational experience possible.
“I love the personal feel of education through Connections Academy®. In a typical school setting, students may get ‘lost
in the cracks.’ There are a lot of distractions in a brick-and-mortar school. When it comes to Connections Academy,
families have the flexibility to manage coursework and fit in breaks without having to worry about when lunch is or when
the bell will ring. At Connections Academy, we take great pride in getting to know the students and making sure each and
every one feels successful in an online environment. We also have a great opportunity to host in-person school events
across the state.
Our community is special because it has people from all around the state. Everyone is different, yet they all CHOSE to
be at Connections Academy. This allows students and families to connect with each other and form bonds as they move
through their education. The families are so excited to help one another out and are supportive of each other throughout
— Ms. Andresen
“Students are not just a number at Connections Academy. Teachers build relationships with students and make sure that
they have all the tools to be successful no matter where life leads them outside of school.”
Ms. Andresen lives on a ranch with her husband Matt, their son Miles, a dog, some cats, cows, and a chicken named
Queenie. In her spare time, she loves spending time outdoors and taking care of all their family’s little creatures.