Stacey Powell is a high school math teacher at Kansas Connections Academy (KCA). Ms. Powell has been a teacher since 1994, and came to KCA in 2010. She holds a bachelor of math education from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and is working toward a master of science in curriculum and instruction. Ms. Powell explains why she wanted to be a teacher below.
“I became a teacher because I knew that every day would be different, and I would have challenges and be able to use my brain to solve my problems. I like that I can focus on students more one on one than I could in a brick-and-mortar school. As an online teacher, all of my interactions with students are purposeful. I do not have to waste my time or my students’ time with classroom distractions while teaching. KCA stretches students to become lifelong learners by requiring them to be self-motivated. We teach them to take advantage of all available resources and to reach out when they need help. These are all lifelong skills that will produce success in their education and in their careers.
I would tell a prospective family that in order for their child to be successful in the online learning environment, contact is essential to that success. Parents must be very involved and that is the great thing about KCA!"
KCA stretches students to become lifelong learners by requiring them to be self-motivated.