Two Charter School Leaders in Florida Named Charter School Champions of the Year

November 19, 2012

CONTACT: Lynn Norman-Teck 305-216-6208

FLORIDA – On November 15, 2012 the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS) – the state’s leading charter school advocacy and support organization – hosted a bash to celebrate the charter school movement’s most valuable contributors. Held during the annual state charter school conference in Orlando, Florida, the Florida Charter School Champions Awards recognized exceptional individuals who represent the very best aspects of the charter school movement through their work in and on behalf of charter schools. Award categories included charter school Principal, teachers, governing board member, community leader, pioneer, state legislator and vendor.

Dr. Osvaldo Garcia of Passport School and Dr. Ruth Jacoby of Somerset Academy were named winners of the Charter Schools Champion School Leader Award.

Dr. Osvaldo Garcia is Principal of Passport School in Orlando (Orange County), a K-8 charter school. Before he became principal, Passport School was in financial straits and rated a “D.” Dr. Garcia successfully turned the school around financially and brought the school’s grade up to a “A’s and “B’s.”

Dr. Ruth Jacoby is Executive Director of Somerset Academy, where she oversees the development and leadership of the network of 34 Somerset Academy charter schools in Florida, Texas and Nevada. Dr. Jacoby has a long and distinguished history in the Florida charter school movement. She was principal of one of Broward County’s first charter schools, Somerset Neighborhood School, and went on to lead, coach and mentor dozens of new teachers and principals in the charter school movement, as well as playing an active role in the development of the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools.

“It is impossible to create a successful charter school without a great school leader. Dr. Garcia and Dr. Jacoby are two exemplary charter school leaders who have led their schools to success and helped develop state-of-the-art educational programs,” said Robert Haag, President, FCPCS.