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Dorrie Board

ORCA teacher Robin

Ms. Board is a high school academic advisor at Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA). She has more than 16 years of teaching experience, starting in 1998. She has been teaching with ORCA since 2007. She holds a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University.

Learn more about Ms. Board’s teaching career below:

“I’d always been kind of a teacher, even when I was in elementary school and was allowed to tutor younger students. I didn’t really stumble into the profession until I was in my mid-30s. At the time, I was working as a welfare counselor and saw an ad for teachers’ assistants needed for a new charter school. I applied and got the job, and when the administration saw my academic record and experience in tutoring, they asked me if I wanted to teach. I said yes, and the rest is history. There are so many things about ORCA that I love—the kids and their parents (I have more quality contact with parents in this virtual environment than I did in my bricks-and-mortar school); the ability to use cutting-edge technology; and especially the staff and administration, both of whom are some of the best I’ve ever worked with. My favorite part of working at Connections Academy is the ability to work from home in a relaxed environment, which allows me to be more helpful to my students and their parents.

I would tell a prospective parent to think very carefully about the decision to attend ORCA. I mean that in the most positive way. If your child is ready for challenging and jam-packed schooling, then this is the place! If you are ready to play an active part in your child’s learning, then this is the place! Also, I would like parents to make sure when enrolling a high school student that they already have a computer and access to the Internet, and to enroll their student at the start of school or at the semester change.”

My favorite part of working at Connections Academy is the ability to work from home in a relaxed environment, which allows me to be more helpful to my students and their parents.
— Ms. Board