The FAST department at GCA; Photo Courtesy of Georgia Cyber Academy
Wendy Oleksinski is a high school advisor at Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA)
As families become familiar with the virtual education model, the benefits are immediately apparent. Flexibility in the learning environment, individualized instruction, curriculum resources, and highly-qualified, certified teachers are just a few of these aids. But what supports are in place for students and learning coaches who may need additional assistance with organization, workload, time management, and modifications? At Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA), a high-quality public school program that offers the innovative use of technology and a rigorous curriculum from K12, the administration offers an additional layer of support for their families. The Family Academic Support Team (FAST) serves all grade levels (K-12), in a variety of support structures.
Ashley Cline, who serves as a high school advisor lead within the FAST department, explains, “Our team prepares for the school year by planning and implementing our Strong Start program, which is how we ensure that our new families are welcomed, have the tools they need to succeed, attend orientations to familiarize themselves with our platforms, answer any questions they have, and ensure that they feel comfortable logging into our systems before moving on to their homeroom teacher for the year. We pride ourselves in being that “smiling face” behind every call we make to welcome our new families.”