Karen Roth is a secondary school teacher at Kansas Connections Academy (KCA). She began her career in teaching in 1986 and joined KCA in 2010. She holds several master’s degrees, including an MS in special education and learning disabilities, an MA in English, and an MS in administration (community college emphasis) from Kansas State University and Fort Hays State University.
When asked why she became a teacher, Ms. Roth replied:
When asked why she became a teacher, Ms. Roth replied, "I have always enjoyed teaching. One of my first jobs was teaching swimming lessons to beginner swimmers. I was always so proud to see my students connect with the skills and become independent swimmers. I think this influenced my decision to become a teacher. I love working with young adults and watching them grow emotionally and academically. Talking to them on the phone and working with them in LiveLesson® sessions are the highlights of my days—they are so bright, funny, and entertaining! Every day I look forward to my contact time with students!
The benefit of teaching in an online school is the amount of flexibility I have to tailor my classes for the individual needs of each student. Because we are able to work so closely with our students and their families, we can guide students down their unique learning paths. George Evans said, ‘Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or [in] the same way.’ This quote sums up my personal teaching philosophy. We teach students, not classes. Teaching in an online school allows me to focus on each student as a person and work with him or her to grow as an individual, which is a rewarding experience for both me and the student.
My advice to parents: Online school can be a great experience for students and families, but it is important to understand the role of both entities in the educational experience. Even at the high school level, an active, involved Learning Coach is a must for student success. It takes a lot of responsibility on the part of parents and students to be successful in an online environment. Families and students must be vigilant in completing their duties, including maintaining regular contact with teachers. Online school can be a very empowering and rewarding experience for everyone involved."
"I love working with my students. Talking to them on the phone and working with them in LiveLesson sessions are the highlights of my days!"