Elementary School Teacher
Ihilani Biondine is a third-grade teacher at Willamette Connections Academy. She earned her bachelor’s in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Linfield College and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. Ms. Biondine started teaching in 2016 and joined Connections Academy in 2020.
Why I love teaching
“I decided to become a teacher when I was in 4th grade. I had the most amazing teacher, Ms. Lambert, who made school fun and cared about me as a person. I wanted to be the same for future children.
I love teaching at Willamette Connections Academy because of the support and community of the staff. There is nothing like it that I have experienced in the past. Willamette Connections Academy truly looks out for their teachers and families. Teaching online allows me to connect with students all over the state. It also gives me the flexibility to be more present for my own family.
The benefits of an online school
At Willamette Connections Academy, student engagement with their courses begins with the relationship you foster between a child and their learning. Creating an environment where students can be themselves, feel safe, and just learn encourages them to want to be better and interact with their peers..
Education at Willamette Connections Academy allows students to truly learn at their pace and level. It challenges them to be better in every area and take control of their education. Responsibility and perseverance are two skills that all people need to learn to be successful in life, and Willamette Connections Academy fosters that through this type of learning.
“Education at Willamette Connections Academy allows students to truly learn at their pace and level. It challenges them to be better in every area and take control of their education.”
— Ms. Biondine
Message for prospective families
I would tell any parent that if you’re hoping to find a system that looks out for your family’s best interests, you have found it here at Willamette Connections Academy.
I love spending time with my husband, my 9-month-old son, and our dog. We love exercising, being out and socializing, and eating lots of yummy food. We also love traveling home to Hawaii when we can to see all of our amazing extended family members.”