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Kory Goumas

Alternative Special Education Teacher

Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology and Special Education, Bridgewater State University; Master’s Degree, Special Education, Bridgewater State University

Kory Goumas began teaching in 2015. She joined Lighthouse Connections Academy in 2021, where she teaches alternative special education to students in high school.

Why I Became a Teacher

When I was in high school, I worked as a personal care assistant for a little boy with Down syndrome. After working with him for almost five years, I knew I was meant to become a special education teacher. 

My first job was at a residential school for medically fragile students with severe needs. The job was extremely challenging but helped solidify my career choice. I needed those students just as much as they needed me. I still keep in touch with some of those students and families and will never forget my time there. Working with that population helped prepare me for all the jobs that followed.

I’m lucky to be a teacher at Lighthouse Connections Academy. Just the other day, one of my students said to me, “Mrs. G. you always cheer me up on the bad days,” and that feeling is so mutual. I often have the same students for a few years in a row, which allows me to see all the growth they’ve made each year. I truly look forward to my job every day!

The Online School Experience at Lighthouse Connections Academy

Since I teach high school alternative special education students, a lot of our curriculum is focused on life skills and transition skills. Every other Thursday my students and I do cooking lessons together. We work on budgeting, menu planning, measuring, how to read and execute a recipe, and kitchen safety. I love being able to work on all of these important skills even though we’re online.

One of my students has cerebral palsy but shows up every day to our on-camera LiveLesson® session with a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She sent me an email about how Lighthouse Connections Academy and I have helped her become the amazing student she is today. It moved me to tears and was another reminder why I chose this job — the students. 

Message for Prospective Families Choosing Online School

I’ve never met a parent or student that regretted their decision to come to Lighthouse Connections Academy. If you want your child to have a successful and memorable school experience, this is the place. This school prepares all our students for a bright and successful future by providing them with a safe and nurturing learning environment.

"I love all of our life skills activities and helping students prepare for life after high school.”

— Ms. Goumas