BA, Elementary Education, Central College
Emily Edleman is an elementary school teacher who began her teaching career in 2015. At Iowa Connections Academy, she
teaches kindergarten and first grade language arts, math, science, and social studies.
Why I Became a Teacher
I became a teacher because I didn’t like school growing up. Because of my experience, I decided to become a teacher who
would show students that learning can be fun and help students fall in love with learning. I have a passion for working
with kids and love helping them learn new things.
The Online School Experience at Iowa Connections Academy
The school community is special. It starts from the top—our school leader, Dr. Brauer, is kind and caring and takes an
interest in staff. This allows teachers to feel important, and they can then turn around and try to make their students
feel that way too.
Our school prepares students for bright and successful futures because teachers take the time to get to know students
and encourage them in ways that appeal to them. The curriculum is rigorous, and teachers are dedicated to being the best
they can be for their students.
I love working with Iowa Connections Academy because technology fascinates me. The world is always changing, and
technology is becoming a huge part of that. I love getting to be a part of a program that is a step above in regard to
its online teaching program.
— Ms. Edleman
The Benefits of K–12 Online Learning
The benefit of online schooling is the ability to meet every student where they’re at. The online environment allows
teachers to create relationships that allow them to pinpoint areas of strength and areas to work on in each student.