Current Leaders

Joseph Escobedo

2017 NACSA Leader

“It is important authorizers support charter schools in the same ways we would support students attending any other public school. These are our students in our community and when all students succeed, so does our city.”

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K.C. Holder

2017 NACSA Leader

“People learning contribute. Authorizers are constantly listening to the positive things happening in schools and using that knowledge to best serve their communities and schools.”

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Erin Kupferberg

2017 NACSA Leader

“Not every child has the same high-quality choices in schools, which is why authorizers work harder to try and let parents know how to make the right decisions for their families.”

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Ryan Marks

2017 NACSA Leader

“As authorizers, we have an exciting opportunity to open a wide range of schools that produce amazing outcomes for kids across a wide variety of educational models and geographies.”

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Tara O’Neil

2017 NACSA Leader

“Whether a student has a disability, faces social-emotional challenges or comes to kindergarten with opportunity gaps—offering quality, successful choices to all students is why we do this.”

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Debra Odom

2017 NACSA Leader

“A great education is the economic equalizer. As authorizers, we can increase the quality of education our students receive and change the economic forecast for our cities.”

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Dana Peterson

2017 NACSA Leader

“As an authorizer, I am motivated by the potential of charter schools to provide our children with excellent educational options based on high expectations for all, an unwavering focus on academics, the pursuit of social justice and the hard work, dedication, and talent of teachers and staff.”

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Katherine Polace

2017 NACSA Leader

“When have high expectations for ourselves as authorizers, we see results in the quality of the schools in our portfolios.”

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Gina Post

2017 NACSA Leader

“Enthusiasm is the force behind continuous improvement. As an authorizer, it’s the driving force that keeps us moving forward.”

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Sheryl Rogers

2017 NACSA Leader

“Authorizers have ‘grit’ too—it’s the stamina necessary to approach each day with a renewed vigor to do what is necessary and best for our students.”

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Mike Schultz

2017 NACSA Leader

“Balancing autonomy with accountability allows authorizers to create space for innovation—we can expand the possibilities of what a school can be and in turn transform public education.”

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William Stubbs

2017 NACSA Leader

“Authorizers are visionaries—we help create systems and structures that build strong bonds between our districts and the charter community.”

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