Hi! I'm Jennie, I am a Community School Coordinator at the Cesar E Chavez Learning Academies, specifically for ArTES Magnet High School and the Social Justice Humanitas Academy in San Fernando (Los Angeles), CA. I'm also on the Core Team. I used to be a high school teacher in Annandale VA. I cultivated many partnerships for my students and their families but quickly realized they weren't sustainable without others being part of those relationships. So, I studied sustainable partnerships and leadership for school development as part of my masters program....and that's how I grew passionate about the community schools movement. Though I believe all community schools movements must start with AMAZING teaching and curriculum, community schools strategy and thinking helps students achieve full self actualization.
Hi! I'm Erin and I am the Community School Coordinator at Rosa Parks Elementary in Tulsa, OK. I started my career in Early Childhood programs and managed a 21st CCLC Grant for the YWCA. I met my principal at the Baltimore conference and came to work for her a few years later. I've been part of the Rosa Parks team since the fall of 2009. It has been great to have over 5 years to build relationships with staff and families at this school. We have worked hard to create a climate and culture where families feel like they are valued and needed. I'm excited to share what we're doing and to be working with the Core Team!
Hello, I'm Damion. I am the other co-chair of the Coordinators Network along with Liz The Great. I have been a community school director for COMPASS Youth Collaborative at Asian Studies Academy for 6 years. Previously I ran summer and after school programs for another non profit that focused on Participatory Action Research. My passion derives from knowing that everyday I am able to make a difference in communities that need it the most.
Hi there, I am Carla the Family Community Resource and Engagement Coordinator at Washington Elementary in Vancouver Washington. I have been in this role for 4 years and I love it, it has been great to develop relationships with students, families and the community around us. Prior to joining Washington Elementary I worked in medical social work as well as running a children's program for a local non profit.
I am transitioning into a new role as the Coordinator for Community Outreach and Engagement. I will be working with 12 elementary sites and their coordinators to develop programs around family engagement and early learning.
I am excited to be on the core team and have the opportunity to learn from our colleagues and take new ideas to my school.