Charles Rothman is a high school math teacher at TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA). He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Rothman began his teaching career in 1994 and joined TECCA in 2015. He shares his story below.
“I thought about being a math teacher while in middle school when I would help my friends out with their math problems. I enjoyed seeing the ‘light’ go on in their heads once they understood. I still get the same kick today and very much enjoy challenging and helping others become ‘smarter,’ better thinkers who become more successful due to mathematics.
I believe a TECCA online education is the future for students who are looking for a more flexible educational product that provides, in many ways, a superior alternative to the centuries-old bricks-and-mortar model. It allows them to learn and grow at their own pace—according to their own personal schedules—while providing them with the rigor and challenge they need.
The TECCA school community is special due to the relationships teachers can form with both the students and caretakers, whether it’s online or through our many social opportunities for families throughout the year.
— Mr. Rothman
As a teacher in an online school, I’m still able to reach out and help all my students, just as I would in a bricks-and-mortar environment. I’m able to work and collaborate much more with my teaching colleagues both here at TECCA and nation-wide in our other Connections Academy schools. I’m also able to teach while at home, which is a benefit in itself. The TECCA school community is special due to the relationships teachers can form with both the students and caretakers, whether it’s online or through our many social opportunities for families throughout the year.”
When he’s not teaching, Mr. Rothman enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and playing softball. He’s also a die-hard Miami Dolphins fan, which he says “isn’t easy considering the Patriots have been dominating the NFL and Dolphins since 2001.”