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Rick Ferrell

Rick Ferrell

Mr. Ferrell is a counselor at International Connections Academy (iNaCA). He started his teaching career in 2004 and joined iNaCA in 2012. Mr. Ferrell holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Florida State University and a master’s degree in counselor education from the University of Central Florida.

When asked about his experiences with iNaCA, he said the following:

“Prior to college, I took advantage of any opportunities that allowed me to work with students. I have always had a passion to work with adolescents, and I believe that my previous educational/employment experiences led me to the field of education. After I graduated from college, I first began working as a school-based behavior specialist, a job that allowed me to track students’ behavior and come up with various ways to make them successful. Next, I worked as a foster care counselor and was amazed at how many students were not graduating on time due to their family dynamics. As a result, I decided that I wanted to serve students in a greater capacity. The perfect way to meet their academic, social, and emotional needs was to work within a school setting.

Online students are exposed to a more nontraditional way of learning, which will place them above the learning curve once they enter college. An education at iNaCA helps prepare students for a bright and successful future by constantly making them aware that they are a part of a college-readiness community. iNaCA students are also able to gain valuable experiences by engaging with their peers from across the globe. That interaction alone is quite a success.”

When Mr. Ferrell isn’t helping iNaCA students, he enjoys traveling with his family and being outdoors.

I love the ability to work with such a diverse group of staff and families who all share the common goal of student success. Our school meets the needs of the atypical student who is pursuing a lifelong dream, or simply feels a need for a more flexible form of education. The relationships that are formed through iNaCA allow all parties to participate in a global exchange of knowledge, which results in a reciprocal learning environment.
— Mr. Ferrell