Dear White Center and surrounding communities,
I am honored to introduce myself as the founding principal for Summit Atlas, a charter public middle and high school opening in the fall of 2017. Like you, I am deeply invested in providing our young people with the opportunities for success they so richly deserve, and I am committed to serving the students and families of White Center. Summit Atlas will be a rigorous, college preparatory school in which every child, regardless of background or circumstance, will graduate ready to become a college graduate and ultimately a thoughtful, contributing member of society.
I am extremely excited to be a part of this community after just having relocated to be closer to my family. My career as an educator began as a college student when I became a volunteer basketball coach for the girls basketball team at a high school in my community. I quickly realized my players were struggling because their individual needs as learners were not being met. Ashley, my incredibly gifted post player, was unable to pass basic math and reading courses; Karla, my shooting guard, desperately wanted to succeed in school and on the court, but was not given enough support as a Spanish speaker. A fire had been lit: I changed my major to Education, and upon graduation from the University of Tulsa, headed to New Orleans where the need to transform the educational system was profound.
In 2011, I began teaching at Sci Academy, a Collegiate Academies high school in New Orleans East. Over my four years teaching sophomore English, my students posted the highest test scores in the city for any open-enrollment school, with 81% of students scoring proficient or higher the last year.
My students there instilled in me the grit and grace it takes to achieve what others may believe to be impossible. Many entered reading years below grade level; they graduated as exceptional readers, writers, and critical thinkers. We exceeded our goals all because my students had a growth mindset, a belief in themselves, and a belief in me. Together, we made our community better.
After teaching for six years, I took on an administrative role, coaching dozens of teachers across our network and designing systems to increase reading growth across three high schools. As a result of our work together, our network experienced its highest reading growth in its eight year history. I am proud to have been a part of Collegiate Academies, which sends over 90% of its graduates to college.
Summit Public Schools shares the same commitment to create educational opportunities for every child. Our personalized model puts students at the center of their own learning, empowering them to be self-directed learners with the habits and mindsets that lead to academic and personal success. We support a world-class teaching faculty who come from the nation’s top teaching preparatory programs and care deeply about each and every child. It is no wonder that Summit students consistently outperform students at neighboring schools, and 95% of Summit graduates are accepted into college.
For me, for us, for others– this motto is part of the vision for Summit Atlas. Education is the key to personal success, for our success as an Atlas team, and for the betterment of our society. I believe there is no more important group of people in our country than our children, and that the school we will create is a precursor to a better country and a better world. I am incredibly enthusiastic to help launch a new public school in our community, to give families a choice when it comes to public education, and to ensure that every student who walks through Summit Atlas next fall gets the world-class education they deserve. I cannot wait to partner with you, your family, and the incredible White Center community.
We’re hosting information sessions for the community to learn more about Summit Atlas. Just click on Seattle, WA on our events calendar webpage to find the Summit Atlas info session near you. I also invite you to save the date for our groundbreaking ceremony on November 15 at the site of Summit Atlas. We’ll post more information about the event on the blog soon.
I would love to hear from you. Please contact me with any questions, suggestions, or concerns. Summit Atlas is our school; I welcome your innovative ideas in building this community together.
Founding Principal | Summit Atlas
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We are currently accepting 6th and 9th grade student applications!