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Washington State Charter School Association


Rekha Bhatt

Rekha currently serves as the Interim Executive Director at WA Charters. Rekha joined WA Charters in September 2014 and previously has served as the organization’s Director of…

Rekha currently serves as the Interim Executive Director at WA Charters. Rekha joined WA Charters in September 2014 and previously has served as the organization’s Director of School Services, leading our member services, school incubation and Strong Start program for newly operating schools. Prior to joining WA Charters, she was a founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction at an independent charter school in Brooklyn, New York, and later served as the school’s Director of Operations. Rekha began her career in education in West Philadelphia, where she taught high school English and earned her M.S.Ed at the University of Pennsylvania. Rekha is committed to working for equity in public education to improve outcomes for all students.

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Blanca Chavez

Blanca serves as WA Charters’ Operations Manager. Blanca’s background is in higher education, having previously worked with the University of Washington’s College of Education Early…

Blanca serves as WA Charters’ Operations Manager. Blanca’s background is in higher education, having previously worked with the University of Washington’s College of Education Early Childhood and Family Studies program.  A Leavenworth, WA native, Blanca is passionate about providing quality public education to students in Washington state. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and recently finished her Masters of Science in Human Resource Management and International Relations from the University of Kent in Canterbury, United Kingdom. She also served as a Student Ambassador during her Master’s program in the UK, working with the university and local students and inform them about higher education.

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Nancy Durham

Nancy is the Finance Manager at WA Charters. Nancy became involved in public education and youth development while working at the KIPP Foundation and the…

Nancy is the Finance Manager at WA Charters. Nancy became involved in public education and youth development while working at the KIPP Foundation and the Forum for Youth Investment, which provide education and programs to underserved communities throughout the nation. Inspired by the dedication of the students in charter school communities, Nancy returned to college after a decade-long hiatus to earn a degree in Accounting from Bowie State University, a historically black university in Bowie, MD.

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Francesca McDaniel

Francesca, or Franki, serves as WA Charters’ Parent Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator. Previously, Franki worked within Seattle Public Schools, facilitating family and student engagement and…

Francesca, or Franki, serves as WA Charters’ Parent Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator. Previously, Franki worked within Seattle Public Schools, facilitating family and student engagement and created professional development programming focusing on race and equity. A champion for all kids, Franki maintains close relationships with the students, families, and community leaders she formerly served, while she embraces the chance to engage new families in her work at WA Charters. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Seattle Pacific University, where she focused on public policy and women’s studies. Franki is a strong advocate for quality public education, women’s rights, and race and equity, having previously volunteered with organizations in her hometown of Los Angeles, and is currently active as a volunteer to local efforts here in Seattle.

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Maggie Meyers

As the Director of Communications, Maggie drives the development of, manages, and implements all communications functions at WA Charters to broaden the reach and deepen…

As the Director of Communications, Maggie drives the development of, manages, and implements all communications functions at WA Charters to broaden the reach and deepen the impact of the organization’s messaging and programming. Maggie received her B.A. from Bowdoin College and earned her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree from the University of Washington, where she specialized in the area of Language, Literacy and Culture. Maggie is deeply committed to reducing inequities and closing opportunity and achievement gaps, and this commitment drives her work at WA Charters. Maggie has worked in children’s book publishing, as a magazine coordinator, a substitute teacher, and for the Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center. She joined WA Charters in February 2014.

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Mitch Price

Mitch is a founding team member of WA Charters. Previously, he worked on the successful statewide ballot measure campaign in support of Initiative 1240, which…

Mitch is a founding team member of WA Charters. Previously, he worked on the successful statewide ballot measure campaign in support of Initiative 1240, which authorized the creation of charter public schools in Washington. Prior to that, Mitch was a researcher at the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education, where his work focused on education law and policy. Mitch has also worked as an attorney, a college admissions and financial aid counselor, and a substitute teacher.

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Amy Van

Amy is Project Manager for the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters). She has a background on community development and engagement, having previously served…

Amy is Project Manager for the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters). She has a background on community development and engagement, having previously served at the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, and remains active within local Asian Pacific American community-based organizations. Amy advocates for grassroots efforts committed to education reform and civic engagement. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies with a focus on development.

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The biggest annual charter gathering, this event is for current and future charter school founders, leaders, teachers, board members, parents and interested community members. ... See MoreSee Less

The day has arrived! Tacoma's charter public school tour is at 10:30AM. Send any last minute questions to bbrod@stand.org and we'll see you there! ... See MoreSee Less

**Reminder: Tomorrow is the Tacoma charter public schools tour! Please RSVP and send any questions to bbrod@stand.org. ... See MoreSee Less

We are looking for talented leaders interested in starting new quality charter public schools! Check out this video and learn more today, at: wacharters.org/startaschool/ ... See MoreSee Less

Tacoma's charter public school tours are coming up on March 11th - Don't forget to RSVP! ... See MoreSee Less

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Learn more about Tacoma's charter public school options at our school tours Saturday, March 11th. Be sure to RSVP and send any questions to Brooke Brod at bbrod@stand.org. ... See MoreSee Less

Calling all elementary, middle or high school families in Tacoma! SOAR Academy, Destiny Charter Middle School and Summit Public Schools - Washington Olympus are co-hosting an amazing tour event for families to explore Tacoma's innovative, personalized public school options! ... See MoreSee Less

We are excited to announce our tour of Tacoma's charter public schools on March 11th. Save the date and RSVP to learn more about your public school options in Tacoma. ... See MoreSee Less

It’s never too early to start thinking about school enrollment for Fall 2017! Washington is home to some incredible charter public schools, and next week families in Tacoma will have an opportunity to learn more about the leading schools in their area. For students and parents looking for exceptional options in personalized learning and academic enrichment, this is a perfect place to start.

On Saturday, March 11, WA Charters will host an evening tour of SOAR Academy, Summit Olympus, and Destiny Middle School so that parents and kids interested in learning about great public school options can explore each school building, meet with school teachers and leaders, and hear from current charter families and students about their experience.

The tour promises a close-up look at the amazing programs and opportunities provided by schools that are paving the way for student achievement. These schools are tuition-free and academically rigorous, prioritizing the personal educational needs of all students so that they can reach their full potential. It’s going to be a great evening, and we hope to see you there.

Schedule:
10:30a – 11:30a Tour SOAR Academy, 2136 M.L.K. Jr Way, Tacoma, WA 98405

11:45a – 12:45p Tour Summit Olympus, 409 Puyallup Ave, Tacoma 98421

1:00p – 2:00p Tour Destiny Middle School, 1301 E. 34th Street, Tacoma WA 98404

To RSVP or for more information, please email Brooke Brod at bbrod@stand.org.
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