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Dyana Schroeder

2nd Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Missouri Baptist University

Dyana Schroeder has been a teacher for 20 years. She likes to learn, loves to teach, and is thankful that as an educator she can make such a difference in the lives of so many people. Ms. Schroeder joined the faculty at Missouri Connections Academy in 2020.

Closer Relationships with Students

As soon as she began at the school, Ms. Schroeder was struck by how closely the staff works together to support the students and their families. “We all genuinely care about each other,” she says, “and the families we serve.”

During a typical day, she spends much of her time working one-on-one with her students. Although she’s not with her students in person, Ms. Schroeder believes she can really get to know her students well – perhaps even better than she could in a traditional environment. “I feel that we forge closer relationships as a virtual school than we would in brick-and-mortar school.”

An important part of cultivating those relationships is getting to know each individual in her class “as a person and as a student.” In addition to the structured lessons, “I do a lot of ‘getting to know you’ activities,” Ms. Schroeder explains, constantly “encouraging students to share” something about themselves with their classmates.

A “Passionate” Baker

Outside of work Ms. Schroeder loves spending time with her family, whether staying in for movie night or heading outdoors to go fishing or camping, especially during the fall. She enjoys reading and watching high school sports. Her passion, however, is baking. Ms. Schroeder loves to “create sweets,” she says, “for the sweet people in my life.”

We are not your average virtual school. We take the time needed to really help our students.

—  Ms. Schroeder