Special Education Teacher
Master’s Degree, Education, University of Oklahoma
Mary McGuire began teaching in 1984 and joined Oklahoma Connections Academy in 2014. She teaches special education to
students in kindergarten‒ 8th grade. Learn more about Ms. McGuire below:
Why I Became a Teacher
I decided to become a teacher after having a bad school experience myself. When I was in third grade, I had a teacher
who was very critical of my handwriting, which left me feeling insecure. Thankfully, I had some great teachers by the
time I reached middle school. I found myself more likely to try harder and do better when the teacher was supportive and
believed in me.
The Online School Experience at Oklahoma Connections Academy
Oklahoma Connections Academy is a terrific place to be a teacher. Teachers share ideas and materials in a way that I
never saw in brick-and-mortar schools. There isn’t competition; it’s more like we’re all on the same ship headed for the
same destination. We want to support students with the best education possible, from kindergarten to high school
graduation. We strive to create supportive relationships among students, teachers, and parents.
Message for Prospective Families Choosing Online School
An education at Oklahoma Connections Academy will give your student the skills and tools they’ll need to be successful
in both college and career. As a Learning Coach, you’ll better understand how your student learns. Having an engaged
Learning Coach is a vital part of student success.
As a student, I found myself more likely to try harder and do better when the teacher was supportive and believed in me.
— Ms. McGuire
Whenever possible, I travel to visit with my children and family. There’s nothing like being face-to-face with those you
love. My husband and I have two dogs. Tigger, our Yorkie, is 13 years old, and Preston is a Siberian Husky. During my
free time, I enjoy reading and being outside in nature.