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.”