SOURCE: California Charter Schools Association

March 27, 2007 17:51 ET

San Diego Principal Named "Charter School Principal of the Year"

Former Second Grade Teacher Turned Principal Honored at 14th Annual California Charter Schools Conference

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 27, 2007 -- The California Charter Schools Association today recognized Luci Fowers, as "Charter School Principal of the Year" annual Hart Vision Award recipient. Fowers, a principal at Albert Einstein Academy Charter School (AEACS) in San Diego, was presented with the award at this year's 14th Annual California Charter Schools Conference in San Diego.

"As a leader, Luci displays a natural gift for motivating parents, teachers and students to perform to their highest levels," said Caprice Young, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association. "Luci is a great educator, enthusiastic leader and caring colleague, which make her our choice for 'Charter School Principal of the Year.'"

Fowers taught second grade at a San Diego elementary school until assuming the leadership role at the one-year old Albert Einstein Academy Charter in 2002. Since then, parent involvement tops 80 percent, community involvement has increased greatly and state test scores are in the top 5 percent. AEACS anticipates becoming the first elementary school in Southern California to achieve accreditation with the International Baccalaureate Organization.

Fowers credits the strength of the teachers, parents and volunteers for the school's success.

"We have built more than a school, we have built a family and a community that will provide leaders for the future," said Fowers. "Without the parents and teachers, we could not have accomplished as much as we have. Our students truly will be productive citizens because of the environment we have created here."

AEACS has grown tremendously under Fowers' guidance. Every teacher, staff member and student of the Einstein team knows they play a critical role in the success of the school. The school site has moved from an old church building and grown to encompass a primary and middle school while combining a dual immersion German/English program with the challenging International Baccalaureate program.

Established in 1995, the Hart Vision Awards were created in honor of retired California Senator and former California Secretary of Education Gary Hart. During his tenure as state legislator, Hart authored California's charter school legislation. For this reason, the California Charter Schools Association honors his legacy by presenting annual awards to charter school teachers, leaders, administrators and supporters for their contributions to educational reform and improved student achievement. Since its inception, the Association has presented more than 40 Hart Vision Awards to California charter schools.

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is California's premier charter school membership organization and is the public voice for California's 618 charter schools that currently serve 220,000 students. The Association's mission is to improve student achievement by strengthening and expanding high-quality charter public schools throughout California.

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    California Charter Schools Association
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