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What kinds of students decide to participate in virtual education? There are many possible answers to that question. Students whose families travel often, students who must work from hospitals due to illnesses or disease, students who prefer to work in their home environment, and even professional athletes and actors! Ethan Daniel, a 5th grader in Susan Rudd’s homeroom at Georgia Cyber Academy, falls into the last category. He is an actor who performs in theater, television, and movies.

Ethan’s mom says he has been performing his whole life, but he became a working actor two years ago. He started with musical theater and progressed to television and movies.

“GCA gives me the day to day flexibility I need while I’m working on set. I can hop on a Class Connect from anywhere. I’ve even done OLS assignments and Class Connects from airports, hotels, and movie set trailers. Some days I work ahead for the week, and some days I have to catch up on the week. My teachers have all been so helpful and understanding. If I miss a Class Connect, the recording is always available when my work day is done,” Ethan explains.

So, what are this young actor’s plans for the immediate future? Right now, he is busy with auditions. He continues to work with an acting coach to polish his skills. Ethan explains, “Being an actor is a marathon, not a sprint, so I will keep working hard every single day.” And Georgia Cyber Academy is happy to help him on his journey.

About The Author

Wendy Oleksinski

Wendy Oleksinski is a high school advisor at Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA). Prior to joining GCA in July 2013, Wendy worked as a classroom teacher, private tutor, and staff development instructor for more than 13 years. Wendy graduated from Piedmont College in 2003 with a Master of Arts degree in early childhood education. She has earned numerous awards and accolades in the field of education, including Teacher of the Year for Gwinnett County Public Schools and Teacher Ambassador for K12 Inc.  Wendy currently lives in Suwanee, Georgia, and enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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