“In 2000, our military family moved to Kansas and I started substitute teaching. I loved working in the schools and really wanted to have my own classroom with students who I could work with for the entire year. I enrolled at Wichita State University to get a degree in education and do a job that I really enjoyed.
At Connections Academy, teachers work hard to maintain frequent contact with our students and parents. We work together with the families closely and often even get to know siblings—and sometimes even the names of our students' pets. Our students also get to know each other in LiveLesson® sessions, and many students make friends, who they can get together with at our fieldtrips that we have throughout the state. I feel like I learn so much more about the students because I am not only working closely with them, but also with their parents. I get to know the entire family, which creates a great working relationship with the students and Learning Coaches.