Where Are They Now? From Online Student to Online Teacher
Despite the growth of online education, virtual school is still unfamiliar to many families, so when parents consider making the switch, they sometimes wonder if learning in an online environment will prepare their child to achieve real-life goals. At Connections Academy schools, the feedback we receive from graduates is overwhelmingly positive!
Ohio Connections Academy alumna Anna Ridenour is one great example of a successful online student. She started with the school in eighth grade and was inspired by her online education to become a teacher herself. After completing her degree at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, she came full circle by returning to Connections Academy as a math teacher.
During a recent national counseling session, Anna spoke to Connections Academy students about her educational and career journey. While telling her story, she urged students to choose their careers by “finding what you are passionate about and doing the things that excite you.” For Anna, that passion was math, and she happily told the students that to her, “Math is cool!”
Anna also discussed some of the benefits of learning online, echoing what we hear regularly from many graduates and their parents:
- Academic content and quality
When starting out in college, Anna felt well prepared and knew the things she needed to know to succeed. “I was already used to having rigorous academics and teachers who really challenged me,” she said.
- Time management
Anna stressed how virtual school helped her learn how to manage her time, which was a significant advantage in college. This skill helped her juggle her courses, her job as a math tutor, and participation in math club and Habitat for Humanity, all while getting grades that earned her the distinction as the valedictorian of her college class.
- Responsibility and relationships
Attending Connections Academy helped Anna learn to take responsibility for her own education. “I learned how to build good relationships with my instructors, and how to reach out for help when I needed it, which was important in college courses,” she explained.
Hear more about Anna’s story by watching the video.
Now a young adult focused on her career as a ninth grade math teacher, Anna says she finds teaching very rewarding. “I feel like I am part of something special. And I remind my students at […] that they can be anything they want to be!”
What career advice would you offer for virtual school students? Share your wisdom in the comments.