Bachelor’s Degree, Interdisciplinary Studies, Austin Peay State University; Bachelor of Business Management, Purdue
University Global; Master’s Degree, Postsecondary Education, Troy University
Marissa Torbett joined Tennessee Connections Academy in 2019 as a secondary school teacher. She shares her story
Why I Became a Teacher
After working in a day care center, a close friend discussed the possibility of changing my major from medicine to
education. I’ve been teaching for 20 years now and can’t imagine doing anything else.
The Online School Experience at Tennessee Connections Academy
We create a welcoming community for parents, teachers, and students through constant and specific communication. My
favorite part of teaching here is meeting with my students one-on-one or in small groups. I get a real idea of their
senses of humor and likes and dislikes in those settings.
We create a welcoming community for parents, teachers, and students through constant and specific communication.
— Ms. Torbett
The Benefits of K‒12 Online Learning
The biggest difference between online school and brick-and-mortar settings is the level of responsibility that’s
expected of students. There is an expectation that our students are self-starters and can keep up with their lessons
largely on their own. If they don’t understand a concept, they’re to reach out to their teachers. Our curriculum is
rigorous, and the expectations of responsibility mirror what students will face in the real world.