Middle School Teacher
Janie Schatz is a middle school science teacher at Oklahoma Connections Academy (OKCA). She started her teaching career
in 2009 and joined OKCA in 2016. She has her master’s degree in teaching, learning, and leadership in science education
from Oklahoma State University–Tulsa. She shares her teaching journey below:
“I changed careers to teaching in 2009,” said Ms. Schatz. “I began teaching in a private school and later went back to
school for my master’s degree. I love helping students learn about science. It’s rewarding when they grasp a challenging
concept or solve a problem using creativity.
“I enjoy working at OKCA because I like the online environment. It is rewarding working with the students, and I like
the field trip choices that are available for them to attend. Online school provides students with an excellent
curriculum. The program helps students prepare for the future.
The faculty and staff are great to work with. One benefit of teaching online is that it’s flexible and there’s a strong
team approach. Online school provides students with an excellent curriculum.”
Oklahoma Connections Academy is special because the community is very caring and works as a team.
— Ms. Schatz
In her spare time, Ms. Schatz enjoys being with her family. She has two daughters and an Australian shepherd.