Kelly Lichter named 2014 Charter School Champion Governing Board Member

Charter school advocates, teachers, founders, principals and governing board members gathered in Orlando, FL last week for the 18th annual Charter School Conference. After a day of workshops and breakout sessions, the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) – the state’s leading charter school support and advocacy organization – hosted the 3rd Annual Charter Schools Champions awards. The event recognized a small group of people who are making a significant impact in their communities, and on the state’s education system, through their work with or at a charter school.

An award for Champion Charter School Governing Board Member went to Kelly Lichter, Co-Founder and President, Mason Classical Academy in Naples. For three years, Mrs. Lichter, a teacher and parent of two children, fought to open a charter school that bucks the educational system in almost every way imaginable, from its classical curriculum to its traditional teaching methodology. Her experience motivated her to run for school board member. In November, she won a seat on the Collier County School Board.

“Mrs. Lichter stood strong in the face of opposition and never gave up fighting for the children in her community. That’s what makes her a champion and why we recognized her,” said Robert Haag, FCPCS President.