I hope you enjoyed your summer and had an opportunity to spend extra time with your family and friends.
This is the first of many times I hope to connect with you throughout the course of the year on this blog. Today, I want to introduce two new staff members and announce new roles for two people who have been with Inwood Academy since the beginning.
We have our wonderful new High School Principal in Residence, Ms. Stacy Woodard. She comes to us as a former academic consultant and teacher. Ms. Jenny Pichardo is our first COO/CFO and is in charge of everything that’s not academic—the buildings, budget, school food, transportation, and so much more. Mr. Christian Guerrero, who is one of the founding leaders and helped me to write the charter application, is now in charge of college and career readiness at the High School. He will be working with the students to make sure they have a pathway to a successful college experience or career experience.
As many of you already know, Ms. Valerie Hoekstra is our new Middle School Principal. She helped me write the original charter school application in 2009 and led the Special Education Team for five years and served on the Instructional Leadership Team before taking on her new role in June.
Please help me welcome Ms. Woodard and Ms. Pichardo to the Inwood Academy family and congratulate Mr. Guerrero and Ms. Hoekstra on their new roles.