Dear friends and colleagues, It is with sadness that I share that I stepped down from my position as CEO of Arise Academy Charter High School in June.
I want to say that my students are incredible and I believe in them. I was truly blessed and privileged to have been able to spend time with them, learn from and with them, and share in their lives. There was never a day, not one day, that I went to work sorry to be serving the young people we served. Fighting for the students I worked with at Arise has been one of the great honors of my life.
I also want to thank and appreciate the incredible hard work being done by so many in the human service field supporting youth in care. I particularly want to note and point readers to the work done by the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN to locals), the PolicyLab at the Children’s Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (their child welfare research is excellent), and the Support Center for Child Advocates.
I wish Arise Academy and its students the best and I hope deeply and I will continue to advocate strongly for our city, state, and nation to invest real resources youth in care need to be supported and successful.
Thank you for your support.