Ruth Penland is a middle and high school teacher at Oklahoma Connections Academy (OKCA). She teaches a variety of science subjects, such as chemistry, physics, and more. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas and joined OKCA in 2013. Ms. Penland shares why she became a teacher below.
“I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, and worked as a volunteer teacher for two years in small communities around my city. It was then that I learned that I love teaching. Teachers have the unique opportunity to foster the person a kid will become. I like to know that I can have a part in helping kids develop their potential and become good citizens. In a bricks-and-mortar school, once the bell rings, school is over whether students have learned or not. Here in our program, each student can learn at his or her own pace without being rushed or slowed down by their peers.
At OKCA, students are in charge of their own education; they can’t just get lost in the crowd or move along without learning the material. Online education is the ultimate student-centered education. It requires a great deal of self-discipline and accountability.”
At OKCA, students are in charge of their own education; they can’t just get lost in the crowd.