Reading and Language Arts Teacher
Christina Luing is a reading and language arts teacher at Iowa Connections Academy. She joined the school in 2015
and has been teaching since 2013. Ms. Luing earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an endorsement in
reading and language arts from Upper Iowa University. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree. Ms. Luing shares
her story below:
“Before I was a teacher, I was in retail, climbing the corporate ladder. When a new role was presented to me, I had to
decide if I would really be happy in the role. After long consideration, the answer was no. I had thought back to
previous jobs and activities I had done through the years, and the one thing that always stuck out was teaching and
coaching children. Their excitement for learning and creativity is what sparks my day. I made the decision to go back to
college to become a teacher. You are never too old to learn or change your path!
“I love being able to work with students of all ages and all needs and help them gain a passion for learning. At our
school, families come to us for a wide variety of issues. No matter the case, confidence in learning is the biggest
achievement we can help them to find. One thing I really love about working for Iowa Connections Academy is getting to
know the families and students. We get the opportunity to work with families for several years and have more contacts
with students, parents, and siblings than most teachers at brick-and-mortar schools do. I love being able to have that
connection and seeing how little personalities grow through the years!
This school is a great way for students to take ownership of their learning. They will sharpen their skills in
independence and communication. There may be a learning curve for adjustment at first, but it gets easier with the
support of the staff and teachers.
— Ms. Luing
“The courses at Iowa Connections Academy help students learn how to be self-advocates for their learning, and online
school helps them with time management. When students move into college and career, they will already know how to best
plan for their days and how to seek out answers. All the teachers and staff truly want to help see the students be
successful and are here to help build confidence in all the students and Learning Coaches.”
Ms. Luing lives in Ankeny and has a daughter and a son, both in elementary school. They enjoy being outside as much as
possible. During the summer, her family enjoys riding bikes, swimming, and hiking through Ledges State Park.