"I have a passion for young people and for government and civics. I want to empower young people to be active citizens and build an understanding of how our government functions. At Tennessee Connections Academy, we get to know students in a way that builds relationships, often more so than in the traditional school setting. I enjoy helping the students meet their educational goals and prepare for life outside of school.
Tennessee Connections Academy students are not only getting a rigorous, first-class education but also are learning the skills needed after school, whether they pursue postsecondary education or go straight into the workforce. Students learn important soft skills, such as appropriate and professional communication, how to set schedules and follow them, how to take initiative and ownership for their learning, and a host of technical skills that aren’t innate in the brick-and-mortar setting. Students will be prepared for the high levels of technology that most professions will require."
Ms. Austin believes that Tennessee Connections Academy creates a welcoming community with the first phone call. She says, “The first week a family is with us we call to invite them into this wonderful partnership of working toward educational goals and helping the student achieve what they need before graduating and entering the real world. The tone is set from the beginning that we are a team, and we continue that with phone calls, texts, one-on-one sessions, and consistent communication.