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Darla Gardner

Executive Director

BS, elementary education, Northeastern State University; MEd, school administration, Northeastern State University

Executive Director Darla Gardner began her career in education over 20 years ago as an elementary school teacher in Oklahoma. Over the years, she has taught various grade levels. She was the assistant principal at Oklahoma Connections Academy and the first School Leader at Arkansas Connections Academy. She was also the executive director of Colorado Connections Academy, Virginia Connections Academy, and is thrilled to now be a part of Texas Connections Academy.

"Education is the key to our students’ success, and Texas Connections Academy's virtual learning environment offers them personalized learning and flexibility so they can achieve that success."

— Ms. Gardner

Her vision for Texas Connections Academy is to work with families in a supportive, nurturing environment as a team to help them have a rewarding academic experience.