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Paula Leifer

ORCA teacher Ms Leifer

Ms. Leifer is a secondary school teacher at Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA). She started her teaching career in 2002 and has been teaching with ORCA since 2008. She holds a master of arts degree in applied linguistics from the University of London at Birkbeck College in the United Kingdom.

Learn more about Ms. Leifer’s teaching experience at ORCA below:

“I decided to become a teacher when I was 11 years old. I realized the joy that I felt when my younger sisters would finally understand some of their homework because of my help. This was the birth of my teaching desire. At ORCA, I am able to help my students reach that ‘aha!’ moment. I get to know the students and their families on a much more intimate level than I was ever able to reach in a bricks-and-mortar setting. Phone calls and daily WebMail messages, as well as our fantastic face-to-face meetings, allow me to get to know more about each of my students, their families, and their backgrounds. After all, where else can a student feel comfortable calling a teacher just to chat about spring break plans?

My favorite thing about working at Connections Academy is getting to see my students during field trips, when everyone is excited and socializing, and putting a name with a face. I also enjoy my great colleagues and being on the ‘cutting edge’ of technology in education.

I would tell a prospective family that this is an awesome school, but that it takes serious commitment all around to make it work. Teacher, parent, and student—it’s a team effort.”

My favorite thing about working at Connections Academy is getting to see my students at field trips, when everyone is excited and socializing, and putting a name with a face.
— Ms. Leifer