December 1, 2016
Dear Staff and Families of IDEA Public Charter School,
After four wonderful years of being a part of the IDEA PCS community, I write you today to announce that the 2016-2017 school year will be my last one as Principal at IDEA. This was not a simple decision because of my deep connection to IDEA students, staff, and families. With the renewal of IDEA’s charter with the DC Charter School Board and the restructuring of our academic programming, I feel that this is a good time to pursue other opportunities.
Serving in a school that is nestled in a community in which I live has been such an honor. Working with talented students, staff, and families to further the mission of IDEA has been an educational and a fulfilling experience. Together we worked tirelessly to regain our school for our students and achieved what others thought impossible.
I am proud for the IDEA community that has progressed to a Reward school for demonstrating the highest students growth on DC CAS math and reading, placing it in the top 5% of all schools and for ranking top ten for open-enrollment high schools in reading and math in the District of Columbia during my year one and two. Results from our 2015 PARCC administration placed IDEA in the top ten among all high schools surpassing the state average in English and math. I am proud that, since 2015, one hundred percent of our seniors have been accepted to college. In 2015 we implemented an AP program and reinstated our dual-enrollment agreement with UDCCC. We now have a dual pathway aligned to our mission that offers students choices for their post-secondary opportunities in the military, working environment or college.
IDEA has attracted and retained an exceptional group of caring, inspiring, and intelligent teachers and staff who are committed role models for our scholars. Often I ask staff why they choose to work at IDEA. Though their responses vary, it always has a common theme—because it is work from the heart. Our passion for wanting to provide the best education to children, especially in underserved communities, are aligned. I am tremendously proud of and grateful to the team that we have assembled.
Deciding to leave has been difficult, but I am confident that the legacy of IDEA will thrive in the capable hands of our board of trustees, staff, and families. Serving as principal where the children are the heart of what we do, has been the greatest honor of all. I am humbled that my IDEA families entrusted in my hands their most precious commodity—their children. I thank you all for your commitment to IDEA PCS and look forward to finishing the 2016-2017 school year strong.