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PA Cyber alum graduates from college, looks to the future as a teacher

Jul 6, 2018

A PA Cyber graduate is on her way to becoming the professional she's always wanted to be—a teacher.

"It's something I've always wanted to do, even when I was little," said Gina Anitori of Bethel Park, Pa. "I always said I wanted to be a teacher. As I got older, I still wanted to be a teacher."

Anitori, 22, graduated from La Roche College in May with a bachelor's degree in special education and elementary certification. She is currently looking for a teaching job. She said there was something about teaching that always intrigued her and from as far back as she can remember, it has always been her plan.

Gina began attending PA Cyber in 2012 when she was halfway through her sophomore year. She contracted mononucleosis and was out of school for months. She tried to do homebound instruction through her school district but she would only receive one hour per subject each week, which wasn't enough.

"They even said 'You're not going to be able to pass to the next grade,' because I was just so behind," she said.

Anitori didn't want to fall a year behind, so she began looking at her options. She had seen commercials for PA Cyber and thought "it looked like a cool school."

"We switched. I was able to work into the summer with the self-paced," she said, "and I didn't have to get behind at all. I graduated exactly on time."

Anitori was able to finish all her 10th-grade requirements, working into July. She began taking live classes in 11th grade.

After Anitori transferred, her younger sister, Lisa, then a seventh-grader, wanted to switch to PA Cyber too. They both enrolled in January 2012.

"I just really loved all of the classes and the teachers, who were so kind. You could tell they genuinely cared about teaching, which I loved. That really made a big impact on me," Anitori said.

Anitori said she believes PA Cyber prepared her for college. She didn't much enjoy or appreciate reading before, but said she became interested thanks to a dedicated teacher. In 11th grade, her first year in virtual classes, she had a teacher "who cared," she said. Those classes were enjoyable and Anitori said she began to enjoy reading.

"I started to like to read and I started appreciating and seeing the value in books and that really changed my mind about literature. That helped me enjoy my 12th grade year even more. I was just happy to gain that different view of something I'd never really cared that much for before."

This article is part of our ongoing series on PA Cyber alumni.

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Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.