Ashley Eden

Secondary School Teacher

Ashley Eden is a secondary school teacher at Tennessee Connections Academy. Ms. Eden joined Tennessee Connections Academy in 2019. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a secondary certification from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Eden earned her master’s degree in 21st Century Teaching and Learning from Wilkes University. She shares her story below:

“I had a set of really amazing teachers in middle school. My mom married and divorced in seventh grade, moving me out of my school (and then back again)! It was a rough year, and I struggled with a lot of emotions. My middle school teachers were there for me when I felt like nobody else was. I wanted to be that person to a student when I grew up.”

At Tennessee Connections Academy, Ms. Eden loves spending one-on-one time with students. She says, “I think the biggest thing I have noticed is that I can make more time with students in a tutoring-type session. My whole day doesn’t revolve around a classroom, so I can spend those hours working with students in small groups or one-on-one. Students need to put in more work on their own, but they work directly with their teachers a lot more easily than in a brick-and-mortar setting. My favorite part is talking to students on the phone or in LiveLesson® sessions and getting to know and help them!

My favorite part of the job is connecting with students. I have much more time to do that here than when I was in a traditional classroom. I can focus on the students and what they need.

— Ms. Eden

Tennessee Connections Academy teaches students how to be independent thinkers and learners, while still understanding that it is okay to ask questions. This is a huge thing in the real world, and I am glad my students are beginning to understand this! The people who ask the best questions in life are the ones that go far!"

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