CHARTER APPROVED! Congratulations Green Valley Charter School, member of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.

A few words from Tisha Blackwood-Freitas…

Foundations Public Schools’ mission is to open and operate a network of independent K-8 public charter schools offering the children and families of the San Joaquin Valley developmental, integrated and artistic programs that are inspired by Waldorf education and personalized to each community’s needs.  By addressing the whole child-head, heart and hands-Foundations Public Schools will inspire students to reach their highest potential-academically, socially and artistically-while becoming lifelong learners and compassionate, contributing human beings.

Our Beginnings…

Foundations Public Schools was co-created by a group of 4 courageous mothers: Tisha Blackwood-Freitas, Alexis Neves, Dena Melin and Brandy Rucker, in the fall of 2010. Together, they agreed that creating a network of charter schools inspired by Waldorf education for the San Joaquin Valley would be powerful for the communities that they so love.  They set forth on this vision and mission together , meeting and joining with many more team members along the way, and are currently working on opening  the first school in Los Banos, CA: Green Valley Charter School in Fall of 2012 (with Creekside Charter School in Merced, CA following soon after in fall of 2013.)

 

Our Progress…

Green Valley Charter School: A Foundations Public School, was approved on the day of the Public Hearing by a unanimous school board vote. Relationship building has always been at the core of this group and they believe that the intention set forth to always stay transparent and communicative resulted in a positive relationship with their authorizer, Los Banos Unified School District.  Green Valley Charter School is the first independent charter school in all of Merced County and the first school to offer education (both public  and private) inspired by Waldorf methods within the San Joaquin Valley.

 

Our Team…

Tisha Blackwood-Freitas is currently the CEO and Alexis Neves is the CFO of Foundations Public Schools.  Brandy Rucker is the Parent/Community Education Coordinator for Green Valley Charter School and Dena Melin is working hard at developing the planning team for Creekside Charter School; Julia Capocelli, Kindergarten Curriculum Specialist.  They are joined by Megan Soares: Outreach Coordinator; Don Goin, Mark Erreca, Corina Matsuo: Governance; Lori Wilson: Administrative Assistant; Allison Aguilara: Parent Educator; Brooke Lopez: Volunteer Coordinator/Spanish Outreach.