Secondary School Teacher
April Neudenberger is a secondary school teacher at Tennessee Connections Academy.
She has been teaching since 2002 and joined Tennessee Connections Academy in 2019.
She has a PhD from Northcentral University, two
master’s degrees in wildlife biology and teaching for math and science from
California University of Pennsylvania, and bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Penn State University. She shares her story below:
“It was clear from an early age that I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. Every
time my friends and I would play house, I would always be the teacher. I enjoy teaching what
I know. I love lifelong learning and filling students with a love of learning.
I knew I wanted to be a chemistry teacher when my peers always came to me for tutoring help.
The subject came naturally to me, and I love every aspect of science. I have taught
chemistry for many years, and I find our curriculum at Tennessee Connections Academy to be
rigorous. Students are getting a good foundation in chemistry.”
Tennessee Connections Academy is a warm and wonderful group
of educators, and I feel honored to work with them each day. I especially love getting
to know all the students. We are all finding a groove, and the learning has been
meaningful for both myself and the students.
— Dr. Neudenberger
Having previously taught in a traditional brick-and-motar setting, Dr. Neudenberger
recognizes the differences in virtual schooling. She says, “Online school gives
students the ability to work at their own pace. I also get a chance to have more one-on-one
discussions with students online as opposed to being in the classroom. Interacting with
students during LiveLesson® sessions is a way to feel connected in an online
environment. Today’s employers are using technology more and more, and Connections
Academy® students will have an advantage because they use technology every day to
complete their lessons.
This semester has been a process for all of us, learning the ropes, but now it is time to
have fun with online learning. As a new school, we get the chance to create a culture that
is warm and inviting. We are incorporating clubs into our school. This will allow students
to be part of our culture and make new friends. I make sure that I respond to emails and
phone calls right away. This helps to diminish student and parent stress when they know
somebody has their back.”