From his desk at the Massachusetts Virtual Academy office on Davis Street, Carl Tillona looked out across the large room at four teachers, each of whom wore headphones and spread out at tables with laptops, communicating lesson plans virtually with students and parents.
“This is cool,” said Tillona, with a smile. It was his fifth day as principal of the Greenfield virtual school — a three-year-old public school that uses the Internet to teach students across Massachusetts.
The 45-year-old Connecticut native was hired last month as an employee of the Greenfield school system. In some ways, his responsibilities are quite standard: he supervises teachers, periodically communicates with parents and monitors student academic progress.