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PA Cyber’s Chief Academic Officer honored with 2020 Penn State DuBois Alumni Society Award

Aug 11, 2020

Dr. Francie Erickson Spigelmyer, PA Cyber's Chief Academic Officer, was honored with Penn State DuBois' 2020 Alumni Society award. The Penn State DuBois Alumni Society recognizes individuals each year for both their professional success and their continued support for the campus. Dr. Spigelmyer was one of four alumni selected for this year's award.

"It is an honor to be selected for the 2020 Penn State DuBois Alumni Society Award. As a proud alum, I am deeply grateful to the University's pivotal role in preparing me for my educational journey spanning over three decades," says Spigelmyer. "My Penn State experience continues to inform and inspire me in my current role serving as PA Cyber's Chief Academic Officer, where my passion for education has never wavered. I am blessed and honored to work with a dedicated schoolwide team focused on promoting meaningful teaching and learning in an innovative environment for an inclusive population of over 11,000 students."

Spigelmyer believes it is important and a privilege to give back to current and future Penn State students. She, along with her husband, have supported Penn State DuBois for many years. They recently established a scholarship in memory of her sister, Janice Erickson. Prior to the scholarship, they supported the BEST Robotics competition and the ASPIRE Financial Literacy program.

"We are proud to recognize and congratulate one of our very own, Dr. Spigelmyer, for being honored with the 2020 Penn State DuBois Alumni award. It is well-deserved!" says Brian Hayden, CEO of PA Cyber Charter School. "Francie is an important member of our PA Cyber community and continues to play a crucial role in developing and delivering a quality education to our students."

Dr. Spigelmyer has been with PA Cyber for two years and has been serving as the Chief Academic Officer since 2018. She graduated from Penn State in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in education. She additionally earned a master's degree from the University of Buffalo, as well as a doctorate in instructional management and leadership from Robert Morris University.

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the Penn State DuBois Benefit Celebration, where recipients are typically recognized, has been cancelled. However, a virtual recognition ceremony will be announced soon.

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About PA Cyber

Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.