Cynthia hails from Cleveland, Ohio. Her oldest daughter was one of the first 250 students to enroll in Ohio Virtual Academy (OHVA), a new online school option back in 2003. She is a 2011 OHVA graduate. Cynthia’s youngest just graduated from OHVA in 2020.
Cynthia was an online learning coach for 19 years. She was one of the founding members of the Board of Directors of the Ohio eSchool Families & Friends Coalition and has been working in Ohio organizing events, testifying, attending rallies, partnering with other charter organizations and mentoring future parents. She has also worked with the coalition to create their Student Ambassador Program, of which she is the current director.
Cynthia has worked as a paraprofessional with special education students online for the past 10 years helping them transition to the online school model and prepare for life after graduation.
While she has chosen and worked with the online school setting, she firmly believes and has advocated for the rights of parents to choose any schooling environment that works for them — whether it be online, charter, STEM or district schools.