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The GCSA professional staff is dedicated to serving our member schools and expanding public school choice in Georgia. We offer customized consulting services, discount programs, and a wide variety of training programs for petitioners, established school leaders, and aspiring school leaders. Through advocacy, communication and education, our aim is to help launch and sustain high quality charter schools that can change childrens’ lives.
Vice President of New School Development
Aarti Sharma comes to GCSA after serving as Director of the District Flexibility and Charter Schools Division at the Georgia Department of Education. In her role with the department, Aarti worked with more than 100 charter schools throughout Georgia. In 2016, the National Association of Charter School Authorizers selected Aarti for its NACSA Leaders Program.
Director of Training
Ayana Clarke has joined the GCSA team as a program specialist. She has seen, first hand, how charter schools can positively impact the trajectory of a child’s education journey and enhance the growth of a community. Ayana entered the charter school arena in 2005 as Founding Dean of Students in a New York City charter school.
Brandyce comes to GCSA as a program specialist after serving as a IST for Fulton County Schools. She has served in that Special Education Leadership an administrative team role for 5 years at various schools throughout the school district, including Lake Windward Elementary School, Hapeville Elementary School, and Tri- Cities High School providing support to special education teams. In this role she was responsible for supporting all teachers within the special education de
Jemila Pujadas serves as a Program Specialist at Georgia Charter Schools Association. She was born and raised in Trinidad, W.I. A graduate of Spelman College, Jemila taught in a critical needs area, Special Education, for four years. She served as an Interrelated Resource Teacher, and a Self-Contained Teacher, in the middle school setting.