Susan Crooks is a secondary school teacher at South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA). She began teaching in 1996 and joined SCCA in 2010. Ms. Crooks holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in education from Clemson University. She shares her story below.
“I grew up as one of the eldest in a family of ten children and have always enjoyed being around children. I suppose that you could say that I began teaching at a very early age by assisting my siblings and playing ‘school’ in my basement. In high school, I was the president of a group called Teens Who Care. We preformed acts of kindness for the community, which led me to consider a career as asocial worker or a teacher. I chose teaching and have never looked back. I love learning and enjoy helping develop this in others. I am so thankful that I chose to become a teacher!
I was considered an unconventional college student because I went back to school to complete my degree at an older age after starting my family. I felt so grateful for the opportunity and sat in the front row of every class; I was a sponge, soaking up every drip of knowledge. In 2009 I received a master of education and a Writing Specialist Certificate, which enriched my teaching through a better awareness of best practices in writing. I am a member of the National Writing Project and have attended scoring conferences across the nation. I enjoy sharing my love of writing with my students.
In the bricks-and-mortar setting, I began using online writing programs that were very beneficial to my students. This was when I began seeing the usefulness of online education. I was able to use some programs to help students learn more at their own pace. The problem was that the few programs were not connected throughout the curriculum, and the labs were not readily available. So, I decided that teaching at an online school would be a great move for me. After examining many schools, I found that SCCA had the strongest curriculum, as well as a very professional and caring staff.
I love working at SCCA because the teachers have a heart for their students and I enjoy having the opportunity to teach students from all across the state. The benefits for students here at SCCA are immense. Teachers are available at the stroke of a key or through a simple phone call. Students can work at their own pace without classroom distractions. They can repeat lessons that they struggled with to help them better understand the material or move more quickly if they have a strong understanding of the concepts.”
I love working at SCCA because the teachers have a heart for their students and also because I love the opportunity to teach students from all across the state.