Vic Van Horn
Vic Van Horn is a teacher at Nevada Connections Academy (NCA). He brings more than three decades of teaching experience to NCA. Mr. Van Horn holds a master of education degree from Montana State University and a bachelor of science degree in math education from the University of Alaska Southeast. He shares his story below.
'At NCA, I teach Algebra I to students in grades 7–11. I decided to become a teacher because I had a very good teacher, who was also my basketball coach, when I was in middle school. He inspired me to become a teacher. Another reason is that my brother had a very hard time in school and never finished, so I want to help those students who struggle and need extra help to finish school.
I love teaching at NCA because I think it is a great place to work and learn technology. Studies have shown that in an online learning environment students do better, are better able to learn important concepts, tend to stay in school, and have a higher chance of graduating. I have always been a person who wants to be on that cutting edge of education.
I would say one of the biggest benefits to NCA is the contact we teachers have with students when they need help. Students have much more time to understand the concepts, and they’re provided with more resources. Students can exceed the average pace or slow down in order to thoroughly understand the material. For me as a teacher, I can work with a student with very few distractions.
I would tell prospective families that students will be able to progress at their own rate at NCA. They will also have fewer distractions and can therefore really focus on and learn the material and concepts, especially when they use all of the available online resources. Students can feel safe in their homes—without any bullying, which can cause students to take their focus off of learning.'
I love teaching at NCA because I think it is a great place to work and learn technology. Studies have shown that in an online learning environment students do better, are better able to learn important concepts, tend to stay in school, and have a higher chance of graduating.