Ms. Imig is a secondary school teacher at Oregon Connections Academy (ORCA). She started her teaching career in 2004 and has been teaching with ORCA since 2007. She holds a master of arts degree in literature from Mills College in Oakland, California. She received her teaching credential from Portland State University.
In 2012, Ms. Imig was chosen as the Oregon State winner of the American Pioneer of Teaching Award. Learn more about her career below:
“There are so many reasons I became a teacher. I have always been a teacher in some form: coaching gymnastics and soccer, or tutoring writing. I love the opportunity to share my knowledge with others, and everything I learn from my students along the way is equally amazing! By teaching, I never stop learning. I love the challenge and the reward. A random tidbit about me: I was lucky enough to become a part of the first division soccer team for the University of Arizona, and a few years later, as a coach, I got to help start the first women’s soccer team at California State University.
Being a teacher at Connections Academy is a dream come true. I love all of the different ways we get to interact with students—over the phone, in chat pods, through WebMail, during field trips, and in LiveLesson® sessions—and most of it can be done while I’m still in my pajamas. There are two things I especially love about teaching at ORCA: (1) getting to work individually with my students through a variety of forums. I feel like I have so much more time for each of my students’ needs; (2) group LiveLesson sessions! I have so much fun with the virtual format. Students are so comfortable in the virtual setting, so our conversations are relaxed and full of wit and humor, and they provide windows into all of our lives!
I would tell a prospective family that ORCA is a great option to consider! It is by no means a magic fix, but it can be a perfect option for many different kinds of students.”
Being a teacher at Connections Academy is a dream come true. I love all of the different ways we get to interact with students—over the phone, in chat pods, through WebMail, during field trips, and in LiveLesson sessions—and most of it can be done while I’m still in my pajamas.