On July 1, 2012, Dr. Michael J. Conti became chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, succeeding PA Cyber founder Dr. Nick Trombetta. Dr. Conti resides in Midland, Pa., with his wife, the former Loretta Fudurich, and daughter Lisa Marie.
Dr. Conti is a son of Walter and Mary Conti of Aliquippa, Pa. His father worked at the J&L Steel Aliquippa Works. As a young man Mike also worked at the J&L steel mill in Aliquippa. He was employed as a sales representative for Health Care Solutions, a home health provider, until 2000, when he was hired as one of the original seven employees of PA Cyber.
Graduate of Aliquippa High School (1976), Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Mountain State University (2007), Master’s in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University (2009), Doctor of Education from University of Phoenix (2012).
What brought you to PA Cyber?
“I was looking for a position and began to network with people I knew. Dr. Trombetta was one of them. He asked me, ‘Can you do admissions?’ I was hired in August 2000 to plan and coordinate admission events for this new cyber school, but we never got to do events because the onslaught of students was so great. Some of us had titles, but we all did everything. I was tech support and admissions guy.”
Positions held at PA Cyber?
Dr. Conti has held a number of positions with PA Cyber, including directing the federal Title I reading program and most recently serving as chief of staff.
Most satisfying aspect of your job?
“I really enjoy knowing that we are helping children achieve their academic goals. I also enjoy working with the tremendously talented and dedicated staff at PA Cyber.”
What challenges and opportunities do you see ahead?
“I believe we’ll face funding challenges, but I am focused more on the opportunities we’ll have to continue to work together as a team to serve our students and their families.”
What would people be most surprised to know about you?
“For the most part I’m an open book, but I think most people would be surprised to know that I absolutely cannot swim, not even to save my life.”
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