Jeremy Bernier is a middle school math teacher at Maine Connections Academy (MCA). He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education and a minor in philosophy from Boston University. Mr. Bernier shares what he loves about teaching below.
“I have wanted to be a teacher since first grade! My teachers were inspirational throughout my life, so I now want to be a source of inspiration for my students, too.
Teaching at MCA allows me to individualize students’ education. I don't have to teach a ‘one-size-fits-all’ curriculum. Instead, I start with the base curriculum and then determine how to adapt it to each student's needs and interests. Also, parent interaction at a virtual school is much higher than it normally is at a bricks-and-mortar school—a definite advantage for both teachers and families.
The dedicated team of teachers and staff work diligently to provide a supportive school environment, especially as new students adapt to a virtual school environment. Not only do students attain their core academic skills at MCA, but they also have the opportunity to earn college credits through a Maine university that can prepare them for college and their future career.
On a personal note, I’ve been involved in scouting since I was a preteen. Currently, I work with an independent scouting organization. Geocaching often involves hiking as much as 10 miles on some weekends. I also enjoy watching my favorite discontinued TV shows on Netflix.”
Teaching at MCA allows me to individualize students’ education. I don't have to teach a ‘one-size-fits-all’ curriculum.