The Georgia Cyber Academy Family of the Month program recognizes and shows appreciation to one family each month who demonstrates enthusiasm, commitment to learning, positivity, and active school involvement.
We are honored to GCAs family of the month. Our family is my husband, Marc, myself, Nancy, our daughter, Cheyenne and our son Mason. My husband is a Planner Scheduler for Advanced Technology Services; working at EZ-GO Textron. I am a Nationally Certified Medical Assistant, Surgical First Assist by trade. I left my job to be a stay-at-home mom; 15 years ago. I now have my own business. Cheyenne loves swimming & painting. Mason likes to mimic his dad in every way. You will find Mason working with Marc every chance he gets. He even dressed like him, when possible. Mason loves anything with a motor or electronic: 4 wheelers, 4x4, tractor, yard work to coding things. GCA is the only school our kids have ever known. Each started at first grade. Cheyenne is now 9th grade and Mason 7th grade. We have had our ups, downs and challenges with Georgia Cyber Academy. Our FSL, Jessica Davis, has been there for us for anything and everything! Don't get me wrong; almost everyone you encounter with GCA will help guide you... Mrs. Davis has been with us every step of the way. Our reasons for choosing GCA have changed through the years. GCA has made many changes too.. All in all, it has been the right decision for us.
We feel so honored to be the family of the month. Our family is my husband, Rob, myself, Tiffany, our daughter, Brenna and our son, Killian. Rob is an aircraft mechanic for the Airforce and I'm a stay-at-home mom. Brenna is a bright, bubbly, beautiful little girl who loves to do anything creative. She constantly wants to dance and sing which pairs well when she learns any new curriculum with music. Killian is almost two and really loves to do anything he can with his big sister including dancing to her learning songs during class. We chose to do online school because I was pregnant with our son and the idea of sending Brenna to a brick-and-mortar school gave us pause with the ongoing health risk. Our fears about how she would adjust to these new learning styles were quickly doused when classes started. Miss Jamie Bennett and Miss Mock are amazing teachers. They are both very helpful. They are always willing to answer all of our questions. My husband and I really enjoy being Brenna's Learning Coaches because we feel like it keeps us actively involved in what Brenna learns every day. We do flash cards, random reviews, and play fun games to help her retain the information she learns. We are so proud of her. One of our main goals is to help her succeed in any way. We feel like that is her teachers' and Georgia Cyber Academy's goal too. We no longer have any doubts about online school. We think GCA is the best place for our daughter and someday also our son.
The girls were born prematurely at 29 weeks, Alysia (weighing 2 pounds, 9 ounces) and then Aria (weighing 1 pound 7 ounces). It was the hardest, most important time of our lives. So, mom became a stay-at-home parent; and after 3 months they were both able to come home. As you can imagine, we’ve always been a little more protective of them and were not comfortable sending them to brick and mortar school. Mom homeschooled the girls traditionally for their preschool education. In the beginning she felt lost… We turned to GCA for some guidance. The teachers and staff have been wonderful! They’ve been great at keeping the girls engaged and challenged.
On our journey we’ve learned that it’s normal to feel stressed, and to feel overwhelmed. Each day is unpredictable. By developing a routine, being organized, and not putting too much pressure on ourselves or the girls we could give our family the best chance at success. So, we keep things light and fun! Getting creative; Pulling out the clay, markers, scissors, and our imagination to make the lessons come to life. This is the way we make repetition fun! Introducing the same information taught in class just presenting it in a new and fun way! We play to their interest, identify the shortcomings, and look for new ways to help overcome their challenges. We let them be independent and only intervene if they ask for help. This helps to build their confidence. Even still sometimes we have meltdowns. In those moments I teach coping methods like taking a step back, and deep breathing all while reassuring that they are capable. Of course, mommy hands out as many hugs and kisses as they need!
Outside of class their father and I even integrated learning into everyday tasks; during mealtime, on walks, and even while we’re in the car. If it’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s to keep them busy or they’ll keep us busy! Thus far this year has been great; the girls are enjoying making new friends and their amazing teachers. Thank you GCA for your dedication to your students!
- The Vazquez Family, February GCA Family of the Month
Hello! This is the Fuller family. Kyle, Sarah, Skyleigh, and Hannah.
Kyle loves the outdoors; hunting and fishing are his favorites. He also loves riding ATV’s and motorcycles. Sarah loves being indoors and doing stuff with her Cricut machine. Skyleigh is a huge fan of arts and crafts. She loves painting and making jewelry. Hannah loves dinosaurs and baby shark. She also loves following Skyleigh around and doing things like her big sister. As a family, we do stuff like going out on the boat and absolutely love to go camping. We try to always have fun and spend time with each other as much as we can. We are so honored and very excited to be chosen for Family of the month!
- The Fuller Family, January GCA Family of the Month
We have been a part of the GCA family since Evan started Kindergarten, and he’s now in Grade 7! Evan loves it because he doesn’t have to leave the house to attend school. Evan’s first year of Milestones testing, I helped as a parent volunteer. It was eye opening to see how much of a well-oiled machine the testing site is. It also gave me the opportunity to get to know some of the local teachers.
Every year for Christmas we send each of Evan’s teachers a Christmas card with a hand knit ornament. This year’s Milestones testing, I also knit keychains for all the on-site teachers, to hopefully lift spirits after a tough year with Covid.
Evan works so hard! He attends all live classes, where he participates a lot, and works to get all his assignments completed on time. I think that’s the secret to being successful in any school setting, but particularly an online setting. He enjoys the interaction with both his teachers and his fellow students.
We are the Pearl family. Family is paramount and very special to us, so we are especially excited and honored to have been chosen to highlight the month of November as the First Family of the Month for the 2021-2022 school year. Since November is a very special month that symbolizes and represents "Family and Thankfulness" across the globe, to have this notable month to honor and represent us as a "Family" is so awesome and quite special to us! We are humbled and grateful! Thank YOU!
Our journey began at Georgia Cyber Academy about twelve years ago; our very first encounter made an everlasting impression with the kindest and warmest welcome from the Awesome and Wonderful Ms. Veronica Okpani. We would soon come to know that Ms. Okpani exemplified a culture that was expressly felt throughout Georgia Cyber Academy. GCA resonated a sense of family and cohesiveness, and fostered a willingness and readiness to assist, partnership and collaboration, engagement and involvement, an inclusive learning approach and an individualized learning methodology, and an overflow of Awesomeness. Qualities highly desirable for any institution or organization, and certainly attributes that are generally not found collectively in most school environments or within most organizations. A distinction to be touted by GCA-- a close knit community in a vast virtual environment; notwithstanding its large student population of around 4,500 students at that time, GCA managed to aptly and wonderfully maneuver to "see" people through its ever-increasing numbers in growth.
With mixed emotions, as our time to fly the nest grows near --2023, we are fully prepared for a Champions' flight as we spread our wings wide and high to endeavor new and greater heights...We Rise Up! Aim High! Soar! We came as Champions! We SOAR as Champions! GCA Champions Forevermore!❤ WE APPRECIATE YOU!
- The Pearl Family, November GCA Family of the Month