Charter Schools USA Hosts Regional Summit in Orlando

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Charter Schools USA Hosts Regional Summit

Charter Schools USA hosted a regional summit for all North Florida based-schools on Friday, Aug.8, 2014. Each year, CSUSA hosts meetings with employees focusing on professional development and annual goal setting. This year, nine separate events are taking place in each region of the CSUSA network including Orlando.

“Orange County and North Florida had some of the strongest academic gains across the CSUSA Network of schools,” said Jon Hage, CEO of Charter Schools USA. “Events like today improve every teacher in our network and better prepare them for the year ahead.”

Schools that attended the summit in Orlando included Canoe Creek Charter Academy, Duval Charter High School, Duval Charter School at Baymeadows, Duval Charter School at Westside, Four Corners Charter School, Governors Charter Academy, PM Wells Charter Academy and Renaissance Charter Schools at Hunter’s Creek, Chickasaw Trail and Poinciana.

Charter Schools USA also took the opportunity to recognize many of their new and veteran educators.

Each school nominated a New America Hero which is an organization-wide award honoring CSUSA’s top teacher. The New American Hero nominees include: April Roush (Canoe Creek), Ashley Smith (Duval Charter High School), Leah Brown (Arlington), Georgia Waddups (Baymeadows), Michael Mote (Westside), Catherine Ness (Four Corners), Krista Piepenbrink (Governors), Delma Munoz (PM Wells), Jennifer Torres (Hunters Creek), Angela Restrepo (Chickasaw), and Maxine Chamber (Poinciana).

In addition, each school nominated one teacher as a New Educator of the Year. Those honorees included Christina Manzer (Canoe Creek), Shannon Welch (Duval Charter High School), Ashley Monaco (Arlington), Megan McCoy (Westside), Phyllis Thibault (Four Corners), Cordell Manns (Governors), Amy Taber (PM Wells), Andrea Watts (Hunters Creek), Omar Zelaya (Chickasaw), and Allison Shirley (Poinciana).

About Charter Schools USA

Charter Schools USA is the first education management company to receive district accreditation through AdvancED and is one of the nation’s leading charter school management companies. Founded by its CEO Jonathan Hage in 1997, CSUSA will manage 70 schools in seven states serving more than 60,000 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade during the 2014-2015 school year. Its educational advantages include integrated technology, parental involvement contracts, personal learning plans, student uniforms, enforced discipline policies, highly qualified and motivated staff, community focus and high academic performance.

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