Jessica Hussey is a middle school math teacher at Ohio Connections Academy (OCA). She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Alabama and initially began her career raising funds for her community, before realizing that she wanted to work with children. Ms. Hussey returned to school and earned her master’s degree in middle childhood education from Ursuline College. She taught middle school in a traditional bricks-and-mortar public school before joining OCA in 2009. Ms. Hussey shares more of her story below.
"My philosophy on teaching has taken a shift over the years and I have developed a real passion for how best to teach the kids. We are so driven by data and test scores, and we often work with students who honestly believe they can't do the work because they were told they can't. So, my challenge as a teacher today is to give them just enough information and to question them on what they are doing; I let them make some mistakes and eventually they figure things out.
Every child learns differently, and I've worked with students facing serious challenges, especially in math. In a traditional setting, I loved being there in the classroom with the students. However, in an online setting, I actually get to know the students and their families much better because when there is a problem, we all work together on a solution."
In an online setting, I actually get to know the students and their families much better because when there is a problem, we all work together on a solution.