Middle School Science Teacher
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Oakland University
Pegi currently teaches 7th grade science and a small section of high school anatomy and physiology at Lighthouse Connections Academy starting in 2020. Mrs. Kalaja shares more below.
Why I Became a Teacher
My family immigrated to the US when I was only 4 years old. Learning English and trying to keep up was incredibly challenging. My own teachers supported me and worked diligently to shape who I am as a person today. To be able to make such a significant impact on someone's life is incredible. Who wouldn't want to do the same for others?
I love teaching at Lighthouse Connections Academy mainly because of the staff and students. Everyone has become like family.
The Online School Experience at Lighthouse Connections Academy
An education at Lighthouse Connections Academy is special! Students are prepared for a bright and successful future because they are taught accountability. Our students work on their own time and self-pace their daily schedules to meet their individual needs. To be able to set aside time for schoolwork takes patience and discipline. If a student can learn to do that at an early age, they will excel in higher education and the workforce!
Lighthouse Connections Academy allows me to connect with students at a more personal level and get to know their diverse and individual needs.
— Ms. Kalaja
Message for Prospective Families Choosing Online School
Our school community is special because each and every one of our students is noticed. Teachers work hard to meet student needs and fill in the gaps when needed. Each student is given the love and care they require to succeed.
Hobbies and Interests
Outside of being a teacher, I am a full-time mom to an amazing little boy. I enjoy spending time with my family, nature, walks, beaches, and a good book. Whenever I do get a minute to myself, you will most likely find me glued to a book.