Elementary School Teacher
Master of Education, Educational Leadership, Concordia University
Jasmine Lawson is an elementary school teacher who joined Tennessee Connections Academy in 2019. She shares her story
Why I Became a Teacher
My father, who teaches 6th grade, has been an educator for over 30 years. I was inspired by how he was able to
positively affect the lives of his students. He’s the teacher who gets invited to his students’ weddings decades later,
and whose students bring their babies to see him. I wanted to have that kind of impact on the lives of children, and
live life with the same kind of passion he has.
The Online School Experience at Tennessee Connections Academy
At Tennessee Connections Academy, we get the opportunity to communicate with families and coworkers, forming a team of
students, Learning Coaches, and staff. I love building relationships with my students; learning about them; and seeing
their families, pets, and homes. We take time to dive into topics they’re interested in—and develop those passions and a
lifelong love of learning.
I love building relationships with my students; learning about them; and seeing their families, pets, and homes. We take
time to dive into topics they’re interested in—and develop those passions and a lifelong love of learning.
— Ms. Lawson
The Benefits of K‒12 Online Learning
Online learning allows students time to explore their passions and interests. Our school offers flexibility for students
that meets them where they are and helps them succeed. We also get them used to a virtual environment, which is so
prevalent today and will be even more so in the future.
Message for Prospective Families Choosing Online School
Through this platform, we provide an alternative method of schooling, to help those succeed that might otherwise have a
difficult time. Grace and understanding are important, especially when working with families transitioning from a
brick-and-mortar setting to a virtual one. We relate to families and do what’s best for their child academically.