I love our feature “A Year in the Life of a Charter School Director…,” focusing on the joys and challenges of serving as a first-year charter school director. We have been very fortunate in that the past and current writers of this column have (1) taken on the one-year commitment to do it and (2) have truly understood the intent of this column – to go beyond the politics and bureaucracy of charterland to get to the blood, sweat, and tears of ground zero – running a charter school. Because they understood the intent, they were willing to pretty much bare their souls to share their year’s worth of experiences with us. They wrote with authenticity – and it showed. I’ll say it again – I love this column!
The only thing I don’t like about it is having to say good-bye to our featured columnist at the end of the school year. This year it is Betsy Fera, first-year director at Horizon Community Learning Center. Betsy now joins Rachel Bennett Yanof and Natalie Williams as “graduates” of this column. The relief that comes with relinquishing the responsibilities it hopefully also comes with the sense of a job truly well done. Certainly Betsy went above and beyond in sharing her professional life with us!
Betsy now passes the baton to Dr. Brian Winsor, who will be writing this column for the 2012-2013 school year. Brian will assume the director position at Paideia Academies this fall.
As we wrap up another school year, I would just like to say “thanks” to all of our writers for their hard work and commitment to all things charter, including this publication. Similarly, our advertisers have supported us; they are worth supporting as well.
Stay cool, have fun, and see you in August!