Oceanside Area Charter School Educator Receives Teacher of the Year Hart Vision Award at 17th Annual CA Charter Schools Conference

March 3, 2010

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PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release March 3, 2010

Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA (415) 505-7575 vickyw@charterassociation.org

Oceanside Area Charter School Educator Receives Teacher of the Year Hart Vision Award at 17th Annual CA Charter Schools Conference

Coastal Academy's Danielle Diaz among Hart Vision Award Winners

SACRAMENTO, California--The California Charter Schools Association today recognized Danielle Diaz, from Coastal Academy, as the recipient of the Hart Vision Award for Charter School Teacher of the Year.

A 5th grade Independent Study teacher, Diaz is known by her students, parents, and peers as the "Sunshine Gal" for her relentless positive energy, and for her commitment to education.

"Danielle is one of very proactive and nurturing. She is an example to follow, and we're proud to have her in our charter movement. She truly is inspiring and will have an impact in her students' lives and futures," said Jed Wallace, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association.

"Danielle exudes a positive-feeling tone every day. Her natural ability to draw out the spirit in her students and colleagues resonates throughout the school. Coastal Academy is a better place for all of us, and we're very proud to have her here," said Lori Perez, Principal of the Coastal Academy.

At Coastal Academy, Danielle has implemented an unorthodox method of teaching, as she "buddies" her fifth grade students with the kindergarten class for reading activities and she partners them with the sixth grade teacher to strengthen science and history programs. Because of this, standardized test scores for the 5th grade class have increased significantly. She also keeps parents informed and involved in their children's academic lives.

"Education is the key to success, and when parents choose to have their children in quality schools, they come with higher expectations that we, as educators, have to meet and exceed," said Diaz.

Other Hart Vision Awards today included:

  • Charter Leader of the Year: Diane Tavenner, CEO of The Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City, CA.
  • Charter School of the Year: Life Learning Academy in San Francisco, CA.
  • Charter School of the Year: Renaissance Arts Academy in Los Angeles, CA.

The Hart Vision Awards were established in 1995 in honor of Gary K. Hart, retired California State Senator and former California Secretary of Education. While serving as state senator, Hart sponsored the legislation that established California charter schools. The goals of the Hart Vision Awards are to recognize and honor annually individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and excellence in education.

For more information on the 17th Annual California Charter Schools Conference, please visit www.charterconference.org.

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 809 charter public schools that educate more than 341,000 charter school students in the state of California. The mission of the California Charter Schools Association is to lead the charter public school movement in California in order to increase the number of students attending high-quality charter schools. www.myschool.org.

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