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Mathew Meintsma

Special Education Teacher

Bachelor’s Degree, Elementary Education, Iowa State University; Master’s Degree, Special Education, Iowa State University

Mr. Meintsma started teaching in 2014 and joined Iowa Connections Academy in 2022. He teaches special education to students in grades 7–12.

Why He Became a Teacher

According to Mr. Meintsma, “I always loved teaching kids swimming lessons . . . then later working with children and young adults with disabilities providing respite and special care.” His favorite classroom activity is “chatting with students. Finding out more about them and being a support for them.”

Message for Families Considering Online School

If there’s one thing Mr. Meintsma would tell parents thinking of enrolling their child here, it would be this: “Iowa Connections Academy helps teach students the important skills of being self-motivated and problem solving.”

[Iowa Connections Academy] encourages students to be more independent and in charge of their learning.

— Mr. Meintsma

Mr. Meintsma’s Personal Interests

“I love watching and playing sports — including swimming, soccer, and basketball — also playing with my kids and trying new foods,” reports Mr. Meintsma.