Greetings and WELCOME to the historic launch of SOAR Academy, one of the first charter schools in Washington state history, and the first homegrown charter school in Tacoma!
I am both humbled and in awe of the warm welcome, excitement and energy that has been committed, by so many in the Tacoma community to make this a reality! I am proud to say that we at SOAR belong to, and serve, a community that is invested and committed to the education of our students. Among the most basic social justice issues of our time, I believe that access to quality education, is a shared value in our community; a value that transcends our differences and drives our collective thinking and practice to provide access to quality education for all students regardless of their personal circumstance.
I come from a family that believes in service. Service to others…Service to community…Service to Country. With over 14 years of traditional public school experience, I have seen what works for kids. I believe every child has the right to a phenomenal public education. I am HONORED to have served youth and families in traditional public schools across the country. I began my career in education as a 21st Century community schools coordinator, serving as a liaison between the community and school, working with businesses and community organizations to expand educational services and opportunities for students. I discovered a passion for the educational profession. This passion fueled a desire to have a deeper impact on teaching, learning and the social and emotional factors that make education and success possible. So, I became a teacher, and then a principal. In each capacity, I have had the awesome and unique opportunity to serve beautifully diverse communities from the Bronx, NY to Southern California, to Anchorage, AK and now in Washington State. Education and teaching for me is not a job. It is a passion and a calling. Serving the Tacoma community will be SOAR Academy’s collective privilege.
In the August of 2015, SOAR Academy will open its doors for the first time to 104 Kindergarten and First grade students. Please visit the “Apply” section of this website for information on applying. We are busy planning several community engagement activities and will be posting that information here as well!
We invite you to stay connected with us throughout this year leading up to our opening in August 2015! You can find us via the web at www.soaracademies.org, on our Facebook Page or on Twitter! We look forward to this historic and exciting journey as we fulfill our mission to transform the educational experiences for our students, nestled atop the “Hilltop” of Tacoma!
In Service with Gratitude,
Founder, SOAR Academy Charter Public School