Adrienne Harvie is a high school English teacher at Utah Connections Academy (UCA). She began teaching in 2001 and joined UCA in 2015. Mrs. Harvie holds a BA in English teaching from Brigham Young University, and a MEd in curriculum and instruction: reading from Grand Canyon University. She shares more about her teaching career below.
"I became a teacher because I really love helping others discover hidden talents, new knowledge, and a deeper understanding of different concepts. The process of learning can be messy and challenging, but helping students push through and actually “get” it is very rewarding.
Teaching at UCA is a wonderful experience because it allows me to help students one-on-one or in small groups. I feel that I get to know students better than when they are just another face in a crowded classroom.
Online school has so many benefits for students! For example, in an online school, they don’t have to do busy work or wait for their classmates to catch up like they do in a bricks-and-mortar school. Students just do the work that helps them learn and practice concepts—and when they are done, they are actually done! Those who need extra time can take the time they need, and similarly, students who want to move ahead can do so.
Receiving an education from UCA prepares students for the future by teaching them how to take ownership of their learning. Students here have the freedom to choose how to spend their time to a great extent, while learning how to tackle challenges along the way. UCA is a microcosm of adult life.
One thing I would tell a prospective parent is that this format can meet the needs of many types of students, and requires a different type of parental involvement. As a parent, you have more influence than you realize in helping your student be successful. Once you begin, give yourself some time to adjust to this style of learning and engagement. The beginning feels overwhelming, but eventually things will click and everything will be alright!"
I became a teacher because I really love helping others discover hidden talents, new knowledge, and a deeper understanding of different concepts.