Everette Keller is a high school math teacher at South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA). Mr. Keller received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education and mathematics from Clemson University. He began teaching in 2010 and joined SCCA in 2011. Mr. Keller shares his story below:
“When I first started my education at Clemson University, I was studying to become an architect. However, I quickly learned that I did not have the same desire to excel in that field compared to my peers, which left me a bit lost as to what to do. The following summer, I worked at a summer camp for boys, and it was there that I found a passion for working with children. I decided to go into teaching, where I could combine my desire to help students grow with my gift of mathematics.
Since I started at SCCA, it's been similar to a family atmosphere amongst the staff. Being able to easily communicate with one another has allowed us to put students in their best positions to excel in their education. Above all, the thing that I love most about teaching at South Carolina Connections Academy is the students. I have been blessed to be able to work with excellent students who are dedicated to enriching their mathematical knowledge, and I only hope to instill in them a piece of knowledge as they continue to grow in their lives.
I believe that an education at SCCA helps prepare students for a bright and successful future by allowing them to develop fundamental, independent methods for accomplishing their personal goals in education.
— Mr. Keller
The biggest benefit of teaching at an online school as opposed to a bricks-and-mortar school is the fact that you can easily work with students on an individual basis. At SCCA, I can meet with students throughout the school day at times that work well for them. I can determine how they learn best based on their mathematical knowledge in order to help them build upon those foundations.
I believe that an education at SCCA helps prepare students for a bright and successful future by allowing them to develop fundamental, independent methods for accomplishing their personal goals in education. Many students in a traditional school are given a daily schedule to follow. At SCCA, students are also given a daily schedule, but it is flexible and allows students to complete the work on their own time. This ability for students to create their own schedules puts students in a more independent role that will prepare them for their futures after high school.”
Aside from teaching, Mr. Keller also loves to play ultimate frisbee within the Greenville community.