Ryan Napolitan recognized as March 2015 Teacher of the Month
Mar 30, 2015
What do you teach at PA Cyber?
I teach five classes of seventh grade math this year, but in the past I’ve taught pretty much every major math course from grades 7 to 12, including pre-algebra, algebra 1 and 2, geometry, and even a general math course. I also tutor twice a week.
Have you taught at other schools?
Right after getting my teaching degree from Duquesne University, I taught part of the day at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School and part of the day at PA Cyber. I did that for a couple of years before eventually coming over to PA Cyber full-time. I’ve now been teaching VC classes for eight years with PA Cyber, working out of an office in Midland.
What’s the secret to being good at math?
Practice, practice, practice. Put in the effort and hard work. The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it.
Sounds tiresome. Teaching five classes, that’s a load.
When you’re on a computer all day, you really have to unplug. You won’t find me on Facebook too often. I’m a big hockey fan, and I go to as many Penguin games as I can. I also play guitar and am really into music and going to concerts. Last summer I bought a fishing boat, so I’m really looking forward to getting back out on the lake once the weather gets warmer.
If you weren’t a teacher, what would you do?
I’d love to make films. I’m a big movie buff. I’m currently taking film appreciation classes and filmmaking classes from the Pittsburgh Filmmakers School of Filmmaking.
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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 instruction 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.