Linda Fajardo is the middle and high school social studies teacher at North Carolina Connections Academy. Ms. Fajardo holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Florida Atlantic University. She started her teaching career in 1999 and came to Connections Academy in 2018.
Being from Florida and then spending time in the Peace Corps allowed Ms. Fajardo to experience a wide variety of cultures. It’s this passion for learning about others that made her want to become a teacher. She says, “I became a teacher because of my passion for teaching about the cultures of people and places and the impact that culture has on our communications with others. I love that at North Carolina Connections Academy, I have the ability to provide personal, individualized, one-on-one attention to students.
The benefit of teaching at an online school versus a bricks-and-mortar school is that teachers and students are able to focus on academic success without the distractions normally found in traditional classrooms, like announcements or fire drills. There is also regular, consistent communication between teachers and students, teachers and parents, and teachers and teachers that makes the school community very special. We do whatever it takes to ensure that each student can negotiate their path toward academic success.
In my personal life, I am the proud mom of a college student and of an adorable puppy named Louie. I like to go kayaking and on nature walks, and I watch Jeopardy every night. When I travel, I set my GPS to find ‘Foodie Favorites’ wherever I go.”
The benefit of teaching at an online school versus a bricks-and-mortar school is that teachers and students are able to focus on academic success without the distractions normally found in traditional classrooms.