Shannon Siebert is the principal at Wyoming Connections Academy (WYCA). She began teaching in 2012 at Connections Academy. Ms. Siebert holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in English. She also holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction for elementary with an emphasis in literacy from Grand Canyon University. She shares more about herself below.
“I have wanted to be an elementary school teacher ever since I was in fourth or fifth grade . I used to ask my teachers for any books they could give me and would play ‘school’ instead of playing with dolls. I've always been passionate about education and helping children. I remember telling my brother that I was going to be a fourth and fifth grade teacher someday, and he said I could not do both so I would have to pick one, but here I am today, teaching both fourth and fifth grade and loving it!
My favorite part about teaching at Wyoming Connections Academy was when a student realized that they are learning for themselves and started to own their education. This is a great program designed to help students find themselves and find out how they learn best. The program is challenging, but it also allows for students to have more freedom in the learning process.
There is a lot more flexibility in teaching in an online environment and room for creativity. I also liked that I got to know each of my students on a more personal level—not just the student but also their whole family. The communication between the teacher, student, and Learning Coaches is open—we are all a team.
Outside of teaching, I have a great husband and two silly kiddos. We love to be outdoors and go to the mountains every chance we can get! My daughter and I like to plant flowers and a small garden each summer. In my spare time, I also enjoy building things, such as closet organizers, beds, furniture, etc. Reading is one of my favorite things to do to relax, and I am always open to new book ideas.”
This is a great program designed to help students find themselves and find out how they learn best. Our program is challenging, but it also allows for students to have more freedom in the learning process.