Nyriah Thadathil

Middle School

Nyriah Thadathil is a middle school student at Tennessee Connections Academy. Since enrolling, Nyriah has enjoyed the personalized learning experience that our school provides. She shares her story below:

“Before enrolling at Tennessee Connections Academy, my siblings and I attended a brick-and-mortar public school, and one year, my mom traditionally homeschooled us. However, my sister and I were interested in attending an online public school, so my parents did research, and we all went to a local seminar. I liked that the schedule at Tennessee Connections Academy was flexible and that the learning could be personalized to my specific needs. In particular, we liked the choice of a gifted program.”

Nyriah has noticed several differences with online schooling. She says, “Now I have different teachers for each course I’m enrolled in and other kids in my classes. I feel like it is a lot more independent work, fewer textbooks, and a more flexible schedule. I love being able to have electives to choose from, and my favorite so far is American Sign Language. It's so exciting to be learning this awesome language, and it's fun to be able to do it with my sister, who is taking the high school ASL course! I also enjoy being able to take a more advanced math course. This is beneficial because instead of learning things that I might already know, I am challenged with new concepts.

What I like most about Tennessee Connections Academy is having great teachers who are kind, always ready to help, and care about my education!

— Nyriah

"I appreciate being able to attend LiveLesson® sessions. I can participate, ask questions, and learn from my peers. I can also communicate one-on-one with my teachers through a WebMail message or a scheduled LiveLesson®.

“My favorite subject is language arts because I love reading! If you ask my family, they would tell you that I read a lot, and if you ask my brother, he would say I read too much! I am most passionate about meeting my spiritual goals and endeavors. I also like playing sports such as basketball, baseball, kickball, and bicycle riding with my family and friends. One of my hobbies is sewing—I’m always working on a sewing project with my grandmother and sister. I do most of these things after school or on the weekends. If they coincide with my regular schedule of school, I can easily work ahead with Tennessee Connections Academy or catch up later if I get behind. My sister and I loved to go to sleepovers, but we still hang out with other kids our age over video conferences or phone calls. I usually see and talk to all my friends at least twice a week, so we stay in touch often.”



Mark and his son attending online school