When Erica Hannah was a young girl at her grandmother’s house, she would write short stories and give them to friends and family members. Says Ms. Hannah, “Being an author is something I’d always wanted to do. Unfortunately, time started to pass, and life started to get in the way.”
Soon after marrying and starting a family, she went back to school for her master’s degree, taught at an online school and a college, then started teaching at Great River Connections Academy. Ms. Hannah enjoys teaching in a virtual classroom because it enables her to work on a more individual level with students in an environment where they feel safe and don’t have distractions.
“In an online classroom, we can focus on what the students are learning and meet them where they are academically,” Ms. Hannah said. “In a brick-and-mortar school, the teacher not only has to teach, they have to monitor behaviors and what else might be happening in the classroom.”