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Natalie Kristiansen

SCCA student Natalie playing guitar

Natalie Kristiansen is a middle school student at South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA). She lives with her family in Liberty, South Carolina. With a more flexible school schedule, Natalie is thriving at SCCA, because she can balance her studies, personal interests, and maintaining her health. Natalie’s mom shares more of her story below.

“After being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of eight, then undergoing two and a half years of chemotherapy, Natalie is now cancer free. Natalie was facing numerous health issues and being bullied at the local bricks-and-mortar school when her doctor recommended SCCA. After researching the program, we decided that it was an excellent option for Natalie. Her favorite subject is South Carolina History because many of the battles were fought in the area where she lives, and many of the people that are studied were from this area.”

Natalie says, “I love SCCA because I really like doing school from home. In my old school, there were always distractions. It helps to be able to review the lessons more than once and to be able to learn at my own pace. I really enjoy the LiveLesson® sessions and being able to get to know some of the other students. One of the best things is being able to contact and get help from the teachers anytime I need it. They are always available and willing to help.”

Outside of school, Natalie’s interests include singing and playing the guitar. The flexible schedule at SCCA allows for practice time during breaks or after finishing assignments. She was recently accepted into the Connections Academy Visual and Performing Arts Talent Network, and she is an active member at her church. Natalie also enjoys hanging out and shopping with friends. She keeps in touch with friends by talking on the phone, texting, and visiting.

I really enjoy the LiveLesson sessions and being able to get to know some of the other students. One of the best things is being able to contact and get help from the teachers anytime I need it.
— Natalie