Christina Moore is an elementary school teacher at TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA). She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and fine arts from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of South Florida. Ms. Moore began her teaching career in 2012 and joined TECCA in 2014. She shares her story below.
“Having started my career in finance, I decided to take a step back after the events on September 11, 2001 and think about what I really wanted to do with my life. I transitioned into teaching in Sarasota, Florida in 2012. At first, I worked in the public sector. Then, I transitioned into the private sector and helped create a successful Learning Strategies department at a private school. Once my family relocated to Massachusetts, I entered the public sector again. Not thrilled with the traditional public school experience, I started a small business to help families understand their educational rights, identify their learning needs, and find appropriate learning resources. The virtual learning environment for children has greatly interested me for some time! As soon as I saw there was a public virtual school starting from the ground, I jumped at the chance to be a part of the experience.
I love working with students at TECCA and helping them accomplish new things. The ‘ah-ha’ moment is what drives me. I believe that all children can learn. The benefit of teaching online is the flexibility of time. For the most part of the week, students and families are empowered to engage in learning when they are ready and prepared.
An education at TECCA helps to prepare students for their future because I believe students will be better able to ‘juggle’ their life. Not only are our students working with a curriculum that is aligned to state and Common Core standards, but TECCA students also learn how to manage their personal priorities along with school priorities. I believe our students are better prepared to communicate effectively and appropriately in our global and virtual world. Additionally, TECCA students learn at an early age that they must self-advocate and ask for help when necessary via the one-on-one frequent teacher contact.
When I am not teaching, I like to spend time outside. In the warmer months, I enjoy trimming my roses and reading. In the colder months, I like to ski and watch sports. Since I’m not from this area, I greatly enjoy weekend adventures!”
TECCA students learn how to manage their personal priorities along with school priorities. I believe our students are better prepared to communicate effectively and appropriately in our global and virtual world.