Michael Everett is an elementary school teacher at North Carolina Connections Academy (NCCA). She earned a BS in elementary education with a minor in mathematics from Chowan College and an MA in math education from Western Governor’s University. Ms. Everett began teaching in 1998 and joined NCCA in 2015 as a fifth grade and Gifted and Talented math teacher. She shares her story below.
“I have always wanted to be a teacher. When I was young, the neighborhood kids and I would play school in the backyard. When I married and had children of my own, I took great joy in introducing them to new experiences and giving them an expanded world view.
NCCA is special because of the people in the school community who make a difference—students, parents, teachers, staff, and anyone that has a part here. At NCCA, I love the one-on-one time I get with my students and parents. I really get to know my students in a deeper way than I ever have before. My interaction with my coworkers is on a whole different level because we are all in this together.
The biggest benefit of teaching in an online environment is that I really have the time to examine the data and develop lessons centered on that data. I can also pull students aside individually without interruption and help them be successful. Students in our school are given courses that are appropriate and suitable, and we work to give them the best education possible based on their interests. As a teacher, I have the freedom to modify an assessment or assignment to fit a student’s interest and needs because the online format makes this a streamlined process—we are a 21st century school. Bricks-and-mortar schools are behind when it comes to innovation and streamlining learning plans.
If you are willing to invest the time to be with your child and walk with him or her as they explore the world, then a Connections Academy is right for you.
Aside from being a teacher, I am a mom of six and a grandmother of eight. I don’t have much time for myself, but I do love to read and play video games.”
As a teacher, I have the freedom to modify an assessment or assignment to fit a student’s interest and needs because the online format makes this a streamlined process.