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'I am so pleased to be a part of Reach Cyber Charter School. The school will bring exciting new educational opportunities to Pennsylvania students and families all across the commonwealth. Reach Cyber will also help each student succeed by setting the right pacing, matching the most effective learning style, and providing the individualized instruction needed to excel.'
Joe Harford is the founder and president of Reclamere, a data security company located in central Pennsylvania that specializes in assisting clients with the protection of all forms of confidential information. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia by two parents from the Depression age.
Mr. Harford was the first in his family to attend college and considers himself to be a lifelong learner. He is currently pursuing his PhD from Penn State University in workforce education and development. Mr. Harford is excited to have been asked to partner with Connections Academy and provide families in Pennsylvania with a new flexible school option focusing on STEM. He believes that children learn in a variety of ways, and that by creating this new option, we have an opportunity to reach more of our children.
Mr. Donecker spent 37 years working in an urban school district, which he previously attended, as a teacher and psychologist. His job entailed working closely with parents, teachers, and students to provide appropriate educational opportunities.
Mr. Donecker says, “Over the years, it became apparent that students are uniquely different and respond to a variety of instructional and educational settings, which are not always offered in traditional classrooms. Moreover, as soon as the words 'always' or 'never' are used to classify/describe students, a new student joins us and disproves that assumption. Reach Cyber Charter School, in conjunction with Connections Academy, will offer students an opportunity to take advantage of a curriculum that is flexible and individualized as they pursue their education career.”
David Biondo is a Financial Advisor and Lead Advisor for The McCormick Group with Northwestern Mutual in York, PA. Dave previously worked for Commonwealth Connections Academy (CCA) in Harrisburg, PA. At CCA, Dave taught Middle School Social Studies during his first year and then taught Middle School Mathematics throughout his remaining years at CCA. He held teaching positions of Program Teacher, Lead Teacher, and Master Teacher during his tenure. In addition to teaching, he was also the Technology Coordinator for CCA-Harrisburg. He helped teachers and staff with technology issues, assisted the IT Staff in Baltimore with systems issues, and also had input and influence with the advancement of the use of technology by the school throughout his career. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
He currently resides in the York, PA area with his wife, Sharon, and two children, Alaina and Nathan.
Gail Hawkins Bush, Board Member
Dr. Alex Schuh, Board Member