Jesse MacDonald is a middle school math teacher at Wisconsin Connections Academy (WCA). He earned a degree in elementary education with a minor in math from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Mr. MacDonald began his teaching career in 2006 and joined WCA in 2012. He shares more below about his background in teaching.
“I really enjoy helping others and teaching is a profession that allows me to do that. I first started helping people with computers as a high school student and through college, so I decided that teaching would be a great fit for me.
I love working with the families at WCA because they are very excited about learning and are wonderful to work with, which makes this job awesome. I enjoy using new technology and trying out things that can help students learn. The benefit of teaching at an online school is that I get to work with students on a more individual basis. I get to know what the goals are for students and their families. I also don’t have to worry about trying to manage the behavior of 30 kids at once.
An education at WCA really challenges students. The content can be very difficult at times, but we have the flexibility to allow students to take more time on some lessons. I also think it is more like the real world in that once you are done with a task you can move on—you aren’t stuck with the rest of the class.
If you are thinking of enrolling your student in an online school, my advice is to try it. It might be a struggle at first, but if you can learn the system, it might be the best decision you’ve ever made. My daughter is a student at WCA and it has really helped my kids stay close, and allowed her to share her learning with my wife and the entire family.”
When he is not teaching, Mr. MacDonald enjoys watching baseball and spending time with his family.
I love working with the families at WCA because they are very excited about learning and are wonderful to work with, which makes this job awesome.