Bachelor of Arts, Early Childhood Education, University of Northern Iowa
Shenay Damirgi joined Iowa Connections Academy as a first-grade elementary school teacher in 2020. She shares her story
Why I Became a Teacher
I didn’t always know I wanted to be a teacher. I studied health promotion for my first degree, but ended up not finding
a position in that area. Then life led me to a job as a preschool teacher associate, working with an amazing lead
teacher. Being there three and a half years and enjoying it immensely led me to go back to school and get a degree in
The Online School Experience at Iowa Connections Academy
The school’s staff is dedicated and caring. They want everyone to succeed, and are willing to do whatever it takes to
help support students and families. They’re also supportive and appreciative of each other. It’s an open environment in
which I feel comfortable sharing my ideas and opinions positively and respectfully. My elementary team has fun together,
even without meeting each other in person.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to teachers; they’re there to help and get feedback from you.
— Ms. Damirgi
The Benefits of K‒12 Online Learning
I enjoy teaching in an online setting because it allows me to support students and families at a more individual level.
A huge benefit is being able to teach LiveLesson® sessions without a scripted curriculum and personalizing lessons the
way I feel would benefit the students.
Message for Prospective Families Choosing Online School
If you’d like your child to have more personalized school experience at their own pace, this would be the school for
them. The staff really cares about students.