Secondary Social Studies Teacher
Bachelor of Arts, Loras College
Natalie Helzer began teaching in 2012 and joined Iowa Connections Academy in 2014 as a secondary social studies teacher. Learn more about
Ms. Helzer below:
Why I Became a Teacher
I wanted to be a high school teacher when I was in high school. I was inspired by good teachers, particularly history
teachers. I felt like a forgotten kid in high school. Because of my experience, I had a desire to help and support other
teens who felt overlooked or who were at risk of falling between the cracks of the educational system.
The Online School Experience at Iowa Connections Academy
What I find most unique about our school community is that we’re a true microcosm of Iowa. Our staff and students live
across the state and are from all walks of life. We serve unique and interesting students. We acknowledge and embrace
every student’s individual strengths and experiences as we help design their personalized learning strategies. Through
that process, we’re able to get to know students and families on a deep level.
The most successful students have developed many executive skills, such as delayed gratification, time management,
self-advocacy, and intrinsic motivation. In addition to professional communication skills, these are all fostered at our
school and are things that students will continue to use well after high school.
Message for Prospective Families Choosing Online School
Personal relationships make the difference at Iowa Connections Academy. The teachers want to know and support your
family and student. The more you communicate with us, the more we can develop that support in addition to instruction.
We acknowledge and embrace every student’s individual strengths and experiences as we help design their personalized
— Ms. Helzer