This summer PA Virtual announced that Dr. John Chandler, a veteran of cyber charter education, would be joining the PA Virtual team as our new Chief Executive Officer.
Lifelong educator and outgoing CEO, Dr. Joanne Barnett announced her retirement plans earlier this year. Under her leadership, PA Virtual has continually been one of the top ranked cyber schools in the state.
Dr. Chandler is originally from Michigan! He grew up there and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Education & Biology from Hillsdale College, and his Masters in Counseling at Central Michigan University. He also completed graduate credits in educational administration and has earned his doctoral degree in K-12 School Administration through Seton Hall University.
In Michigan, Dr. Chandler worked in a variety of different school settings – public, private and charter. He started his career as a high school math teacher and coached basketball and track. He is one of the founders of Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy, one of the first virtual schools to receive a charter and is still operational today, serving almost 3,000 students.
“Many people have worked to grow PA Virtual into a school that is already held to such high standards,” said Dr. Chandler. “There are pieces already in place for success and I look forward to working with all staff, the school administration, and Board of Trustees to enhance those resources to make sure they are utilized as effectively as possible to benefit our students and families.”
Dr. Chandler wants current and future students to know that he is dedicated to providing additional resources to improve what is already considered one of the best online educational experiences found in Pennsylvania – and he can’t wait to get to know you!
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