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Meet the Aspiring Leader: Louis Guiden

By Louis Guiden, WA Charters 2019 Aspiring Leader A Louisiana native, I’ve been in Seattle for 26 years. I came to the Northwest hoping to escape some of the realities of the South. I didn’t want to be held down by the racism I experienced growing up. I had dreams of attending a historically black … Read More

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Meet the Aspiring Leader: Karla Soto Mullins

By Karla Soto Mullins, WA Charters 2019 Aspiring Leader I know first-hand that our country’s educational systems are profoundly inequitable. My own education was defined by inequities until I had the opportunity to attend a charter high school. That experience was truly life-changing. Because of my own charter school experience, when I heard that there … Read More

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Meet Dawit, Rainier Prep ’18 Alum

I graduated from Rainier Prep in 2018 after attending Rainier Prep for its first three years. I now attend Phillips Exeter in New Hampshire. Rainier Prep has a very friendly environment where student voices are heard. One way of this happening is through Student Parliament. Though Student Parliament, students are able to work with teachers … Read More

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Meet Chris.

Before I came to Summit Olympus, I didn’t really care about school. I was just doing the bare minimum to get by. My 8th grade year, I transferred from one district to another because I was getting into trouble. Then my mom’s friend told her about this charter high school high opening up in downtown … Read More

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Meet George.

I’m a founding student and eighth grader at Rainier Prep. I live in Burien with my brother and our parents, who immigrated from Vietnam. My parents are constantly pushing me to be something better, to become the independent man they believe I can be one day. I learned about Rainier Prep when one of the … Read More

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Meet Shauna.

“We need to shift away from the expectation of failure to seeing teen parents as the amazing hard-working, strong adults that they are capable of becoming.” As a 22-year old, I mentored a teen parent, and was confronted with the lack of support and services, and how fundamentally unfair our system is for teen moms. … Read More

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Meet Chastity.

My role makes it possible for my school to serve the whole student, the whole family. As Director of Operations, my role covers everything outside of academics—the facility, transportation, nutrition, enrichment activities, family engagement, budgeting, and financing. It includes enrollment and recruitment, managing non-academic staff, and overseeing many things that keep our school functioning smoothly.  … Read More

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Meet Ayanna.

To me, being a leader is all about activating the leadership in others. I’ve been working in public education for eleven years, first as a high school science teacher, and then as a STEM teacher coach in Chicago and NW Indiana, before stepping into leadership positions, first in Chicago, and most recently, at Summit Sierra … Read More

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Meet Jessica.

This is my seventh year teaching, and my third time being part of a founding team at a charter public school. My heart just goes to where the work is—where there is the greatest need for the most difference to be made. Before Impact, I taught for IDEA Public Schools in San Antonio, where I … Read More

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Meet Orion.

My name is Orion and a sophomore in my second year at Summit Atlas. I am proud to be one of Atlas’ founding students. My mom learned about the school from our principal, Ms. B., who was handing out flyers in our neighborhood before the school opened in 2017. Ms. B told my mom about … Read More