Nekeesha Carter is a high school social studies teacher at South Carolina Connections Academy. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of Charleston and a master’s degree in teaching from Charleston Southern University. Ms. Carter began her teaching career in 2001 and joined Connections Academy in 2013. She shares her story below.
“I knew early in my childhood that I wanted to become a teacher because I turned every experience into a learning opportunity. I enjoy working with students, imparting knowledge, and facilitating student learning. I have been both a middle school and high school teacher in a variety of school environments throughout my career, and in between, I have worked in the corporate world. Eventually, I returned to my passion of being an educator. I am thankful for my third grade teacher for recognizing my potential, and for helping me to realize that being an educator is what I truly desired to be.
In an online school, I have the ability to take the time to work with students individually, which I couldn’t do in a bricks-and-mortar school. Students can also be invited to targeted LiveLesson® sessions for additional help and support, or I can get on the phone with a student to discuss an assignment. I can focus on the individual without distraction.
The curriculum is challenging and engaging with the help of many innovative features. Students are challenged to utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare them for school and work in the 21st century. I enjoy meeting the families at SCCA and developing personal relationships with them—I did not necessarily have the opportunity to develop relationships fully in a bricks-and-mortar setting. Now I can spend more time working directly with students to address their needs. In addition, I enjoy the sense of community, as we all work together for student success.
Parents instinctively know their children the best. My advice for prospective parents is to select the option they believe would be the best to address the unique needs of their child. Parents can feel comfortable knowing that teachers are here to support them and their child.”
Aside from teaching, Ms. Carter loves going on vacations with her family, reading, and watching old television shows.
I enjoy meeting the families at SCCA and developing personal relationships with them–I did not necessarily have the opportunity to develop relationships fully in a bricks-and-mortar setting. Now I can spend more time working directly with students to address their needs.