Lori Kinter is a secondary school teacher at Tennessee Connections Academy. She began her teaching career in 2001 and joined Tennessee Connections Academy in 2017. Ms. Kinter holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Saint Martin’s University and a secondary education certification from Washington State University. She shares her story below:
“Teaching runs in my family; I have so many extended family members who worked in education and positively influenced my decision to become a teacher. I enjoyed school and learning and felt inspired to work in schools. My degree in history also led to my decision to teach. I like that every day is different in teaching. We have routines and expectations, but our historical topics and activities are always changing.
I love the mission of virtual education; it provides an alternative public school setting for those looking for something other than a brick-and-mortar school. At Tennessee Connections Academy, students have opportunities to grow independently and learn to advocate for themselves. They can schedule time with teachers for help, navigate their classes on their own time, and learn at their own pace.
I also love collaborating with an amazing team of educators and talented professionals. My favorite parts of this job are having the flexibility to teach the whole class in LiveLesson® sessions, teaching small groups that need additional focused time, and taking advantage of opportunities to meet with students and families.
Our school strives to provide information and communication from the first week of enrollment. We try to make the transition to the online learning environment smooth and seamless for new students. The online virtual setting allows for flexibility and for students to find success in a different learning environment. Online school can be self-paced for those who want to work ahead or who need to take more time on their curriculum. Our social setting is different, but we find time to socialize through clubs and other online activities.
Tennessee Connections Academy students are prepared for bright futures by learning technology, time management, communication skills, and personal advocacy. Students learn these vital 21st-century skills as they navigate their courses. These skills will prepare them for their next life endeavor, whether it be college, trade school, or the workforce.”
Tennessee Connections Academy students are prepared for bright futures by learning technology, time management, communication skills, and personal advocacy.