23 Jan

Summit Washington Transition

Jen Wickens (center) with Olympus and Sierra students

Dear Summit Community & Supporters,

I’m so proud of the work we have done together at Summit Public Schools. It has been an honor to help bring Summit to Washington state, providing families and students with a new public school option. I’m truly grateful for the lasting friendships I’ve made with our stellar faculty, families, students and community supporters. The Summit community is a talented, committed, action-oriented, strategic, caring and wonderful group of people. Thank you for sharing your stories, passions and expertise with me. These relationships have helped me grow as an educator, leader and champion for change, and will continue to fuel my commitment to closing the opportunity gap across our state.

Now that the foundation for our region is built, it’s time for me to transition to a new role. My last day with Summit will be Jan. 31, but I won’t be going too far, as I’m currently working on the launch of a new, local charter network called Impact Public Schools. Our first school will open in 2018 as a PreK-5 in the Puget Sound region – a feeder for Summit Atlas and Sierra – with expansion plans to serve students throughout our state. Together, we will continue the work of providing high quality, public school options for families across Washington. I couldn’t be more excited about this new role, and I look forward to working with many of you in the months and years to come.

Summit Public Schools WA will remain in excellent hands, led by our incredible Board of Directors, regional and school leadership teams. As we continue to welcome new families and students to the Summit Public Schools community, I’m excited to announce that Jill Riemer joined our team as the Director of Partnerships. She will lead on development, policy and external affairs. Jill brings extensive national education policy and nonprofit management experience to our team. Her expertise and passion for providing every student a high quality, personalized education is of tremendous value to Summit and the charter public school movement in Washington state.

Jill will join Abigail Cedano, Summit’s Senior Director of Schools, to lead our Washington state region. Abigail joined Summit over six months ago to support our school leaders and teachers across the network. She is originally from Seattle and has been a teacher, school leader and founder of a high performing charter public school in Brooklyn. Her extensive experience as an instructional leader gives her a unique perspective on our work developing vibrant school communities and providing a world class education to students. I’m extremely confident that Abigail and Jill will continue to provide strong, supportive, urgent and joyful leadership for our growing school communities.

I want to thank each and every one of you for your support over the last four years during Summit’s launch and for your dedication to our mission. I’m so grateful to the entire Summit community for helping us make history. Not only did we build a strong and determined community, but we helped cultivate a powerful movement that will continue to grow. We all know that this work isn’t done – I’m proud to continue standing by your side as we push to ensure students across the state have the opportunity to attend a school that best meets their needs. Together we will continue to write the story of charter public schools in Washington state, ensure equitable outcomes and help all students reach their potential.

I will forever be Summit’s biggest fan – you will hear me cheering loudly for you along the way!

With gratitude, love and great respect,

Jen Davis Wickens

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