Tara Madsen

Special Education Teacher

BA, Elementary Education, Northwestern College; Special Education and English Language Learners (ELL) Endorsement, Morningside College

“I became a teacher because of the influence of my second grade teacher. It just felt natural to follow in her footsteps because I have always had a passion for kids. My background includes 22 years in education, 21 years in special education, and 4 years with ELL. In the last 5 years, I have worked with special education students as well as EL students. One thing I love about teaching at Iowa Connections Academy is that we all have the same passion and focus, which is centered on the student.

The benefit of teaching online is giving students an opportunity to use their talents and abilities that may not have been seen in a brick-and-mortar school. Receiving an education at Iowa Connections Academy gives students a lead in the possibility of further education through the online setting and teaches them discipline and self-motivation.“

Ms. Madsen has three children - a senior, a sophomore, and a 6th grader. In her spare time, she is out and about following her kids and their activities.

The ability to complete an education online allows flexibility for students and gives them ways to be successful that students may not have experienced in their former schools.

— Ms. Madsen