Anne O’Conner is a math teacher at TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA). She earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics with a minor in psychology from Framingham State University. Ms. O’Conner began teaching at TECCA in 2015. She shares more below.
“My inspiration to become a teacher stemmed from my fifth grade teacher, Mr. Mitchell. The impact he had on me, and hundreds of student alike, has shaped the person I am today. Our principal at the time reflected about Mr. Mitchell saying, “He’d have 25 kids going in 25 different directions. But he knew each direction the children were heading in and exactly where he wanted each of them to end up.” I thought if I could change the life of just one child, the way Mr. Mitchell changed many, I would be making a difference.
One of the reasons I love teaching at TECCA is because of the connections I am able to form with my student and their families. I find that I am able to get to know my students and Learning Coaches much better than I did in a bricks-and-mortar setting. From LiveLesson® sessions, to exchanging phone calls, to field trips, there are many ways for teachers and families to stay connected!
I firmly believe that TECCA prepares our students for a bright and successful future. Learning in a virtual environment fosters skills such as independence, time management, and discipline. Whatever future endeavors our TECCA graduates may pursue, they will be able to apply and carry over the skills they learned here.
One piece of advice I would give prospective students to be successful in an online environment would be to keep the line of communication open with your teachers. Attend LiveLesson sessions, ask questions, and don’t be afraid to reach out for extra help. As a former student in many math classes, I found the key to success in math is to stay organized and practice, practice, practice!
I look forward to many great days to come with the students and families of TECCA!”
I firmly believe that TECCA prepares our students for a bright and successful future. Learning in a virtual environment fosters skills such as independence, time management, and discipline.