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Vicki Anderson

Secondary Science Teacher

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Conservation Management, and Secondary Education, Upper Iowa University  

Vicki Anderson started teaching in 2004 and joined Iowa Connections Academy in 2022. She teaches science to students in grades 6–9. 

Why She Became a Teacher

According to Ms. Anderson, “I wanted to use my science background in everyday life while making a difference in the world. 

“I enjoy teaching students in a way that encourages them to be independent. . . . I also enjoy our field trips, especially when students and families are able to get together and simply enjoy small talk.”

The Online School Experience at Iowa Connections Academy

Reports Ms. Anderson, “Iowa Connections Academy helps students grow to become self-starters. In this model, they’re . . . at home with a lot of flexibility, but they still need to be accountable for their own success.” 

Message for Families Considering Online School

If there’s one thing Ms. Anderson would tell parents thinking of enrolling a child in this school, it’s that “Iowa Connections Academy is a way to have the benefits of online education while having teacher and administrative support that mirrors the structure of a brick-and-mortar school.”

[At Iowa Connections Academy] . . . students can do their work from almost anywhere at any time of the day.

— Ms. Anderson

Ms. Anderson’s Personal Interests

In her free time, Ms. Anderson enjoys reading, cooking, shopping, and road trips.