Meet Matt Arkin, Head of School at Georgia Cyber Academy
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Matt Arkin certainly made a nice living as a business consultant before deciding to work in public education. But he didn’t have the opportunity to change lives the way he does today.
Matt (Mr. Arkin to his students) became the founding Head of School for Georgia Cyber Academy, Georgia's first virtual charter school, five years ago. He recently talked about what he’s achieved since then and why he’s never missed his former life for a K12 video feature about his role at GCA.
“The money’s a lot better (working as a business consultant) than working in public education,” he said. “But I really was looking for something more. I really wanted to have an impact on students’ lives.”
To do that, he supports teachers and staff in taking on responsibility for the success of their students. He draws on his own strong educational background, including two degrees from Stanford, to lead a growing school and drive awareness of online learning.
“We’re working hard to transform the public education system for our students,” Arkin said.
Watch the video to see Matt’s passion for online education in his own words.