New designation is top tier principal level
DAVENPORT, Fla (Jan. 29, 2018) – Denise Thompson, principal of Four Corners Charter School since 2009, has been honored as a principal fellow, the highest tier that can be achieved by a principal at Charter Schools USA-managed schools. She began her career in 1993 as an ESE teacher and joined the staff at Four Corners Charter in 2000 as a teacher. Her career path through the years has brought her to her current status of principal of the upper and lower school, which will eventually be a full K-12 system. During her leadership at the lower school, it maintained an “A” rating for eight years.
Known for its innovative career-track practices, Charter Schools USA has raised the bar on its principals’ abilities to advance in the organization. Previously, a typical career track consisted of traditional advancement from teacher to assistant principal to principal and regional director or corporate support center staff. After studying this progression plan, the organization’s education council determined that principals sometimes felt like they had no additional room to advance or improve if they wanted to remain at their schools. In response, they created a tiered approach to principal leadership.
A principal fellow, in addition to the traditional duties and responsibilities expected from a principal, serves as a CSUSA ambassador at events and provides support to peers in other schools regionally and system-wide. A principal fellow must have a minimum of seven years’ experience and have proven leadership ability. Selection is based on several factors including demonstrating four years of: growth on state assessments; progressive graduation rates and ACT/SAT scores; student recommit rate at 95 percent; and staff retention rate of 85 percent. Principal fellows must also demonstrate the ability to meet budgeted target enrollment goals and consistently score well on CSUSA staff/parent survey results. Once honored as a principal fellow, candidates will receive additional financial bonuses and will act as a CSUSA ambassador at specific events.
“Throughout my career at Four Corners Charter School, I’ve had the good fortune to be able to lead some of the finest staff and students in the state of Florida,” said Thompson. “I am both honored and humbled by this designation of principal fellow and am proud to be a member of the Charter Schools USA family of schools.”
Four Corners Charter School is part of the Charter Schools USA Inc. (CSUSA) family of schools. The school is governed by Four Corners Charter School, Inc. CSUSA, the first education management company to receive corporation system-wide accreditation through AdvancED, is one of the nation’s leading charter school management companies. CSUSA currently manages 84 schools in seven states serving more than 70,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. CSUSA innovative educational advantages include advanced technology, meaningful parental involvement, student uniforms, consistent and fairly-enforced discipline policies, highly qualified and motivated staff, community focus, integrated character education and high academic growth and performance.
Colleen Reynolds, APR – Public relations consultant, Charter Schools USA
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