Kiah Penfield

Kiah Penfield

12th Grade English Teacher

Bachelor of Science, Deaf Education/Special Education, Ball State University; Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, Western Governors University; Working on Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Educational Neuroscience, Butler University Kiah joined Washington Connections Academy in 2020, where she teaches 12th-grade English.

Why I Became a Teacher

I became a teacher because I wanted to be the teacher who I needed when I was younger. My goal is to teach students valuable lessons both within the English curriculum and about life, and to create a supportive learning environment for everyone.

The Online Experience at Washington Connections Academy

Washington Connections Academy creates a welcoming community for parents and students through its diversity initiatives, clubs, and advocacy groups, and by offering many opportunities to connect with teachers.

My favorite thing about working with students at Connections Academy® is that I get to work with a diverse population of students with unique experiences and perspectives. I also love that I am able to help them grow in their ability to be self-motivated and act as stakeholders in their education.

I love watching a student understand something that they have been working on for a while, learning that they have talents in a particular area, and finding themselves through activities. I love building relationships with students and getting to be a part of their lives and educational journeys.

Message for Prospective Families Choosing Online School

Online school allows students to have flexibility. At the high school level, students engaged in extracurricular activities, students who have busy work schedules, students who are pregnant or parenting small children, and students with physical or mental health needs are able to participate just as much as their peers and engage in their learning at a time that works best for them.

"I love building relationships with students and getting to be a part of their lives and educational journeys."

— Ms. Penfield