2015 Charter School Champions Honored at Florida Charter School Conference

Orlando, FLORIDA – November 11, 2015 -- Fourteen individuals and two companies were recognized as the 2015 Florida Charter School Champions at an event held on November 11 sponsored by the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools as part of the annual Florida Charter Schools Conference in Orlando.

The Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS), the state’s leading charter school support and advocacy organization, created the Charter School Champions awards in 2012 to recognize exceptional talent, innovation and leadership within the Florida charter school movement. More than 650 public charter schools now serve Florida’s students and families. Charter schools are public schools created and operated independently by nonprofit organizations under a contract with local school districts.

Several hundred guests attended the festive event. In addition to the Florida Consortium, other generous sponsors of the event included Academica (Platinum Level Sponsor); GIS Insurance & Risk Advisors, Building Hope and PiperJaffray (Gold Level Sponsors); 100% Management Group (Silver Level Sponsor); and May, Meacham & Davell, PA, Brown & Brown, EPR Properties and AIA Transportation (Bronze Level Sponsors).

The 2015 Charter School Champions Award recipients are:

School District Superintendent of the Year
Malcolm Thomas, Escambia County School District

Governing Board Members of the Year
Jody Litchford, Central Florida Leadership Academy
Sherilyn Moore, Montessori of Winter Garden Charter School

School Leaders of the Year
James Kidd, South Tech Academy Bernardo Montero, Somerset Academy Charter School
Cindi Parker-Pearson, Achievement Academy

Teachers of the Year
Connie Kitts, Bay Haven Charter Academy
Tegan Morales, HIVE Preparatory School

Charter School Pioneers
Victor Barroso, Academica
Rod Sasse, Imagine Schools

State Legislators
Representative Erik Fresen
Representative Manny Diaz, Jr.
Senator John Legg
Senator Anitere Flores

Preferred Partners
Brown & Brown