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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.
Vice President of Policy and Advocacy
Andrea is joining GCSA as Vice President of Policy and Advocacy after spending more than 15 years as a manager, strategist and advocate in the education and economic development sectors. Prior to joining GCSA, Andrea served as Director of New Site Development and Community Engagement with Citizens of the World Charter Schools. In this role […]
Director of Education and Training
Jeff Homan joined the Georgia Charter Schools Association in September 2015, after serving three-plus years as the Principal at The Main Street Academy, a Fulton County charter school located in College Park serving students in Grades K through 8.
Director of Resource Development
Dana joined the Georgia Charter Schools Association in August 2015 after wearing many hats in the non-profit world on a volunteer and professional level. With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from St. John’s University, Dana has lent her talents to cause-oriented organizations both nationally and internationally.
Director of Certification Programs
Shani Vickery is a 15-year veteran in the field of education. She has served as a teacher, teacher-leader, and an administrator. Shani began her career as a middle school teacher with the DeKalb County School System. While working in DeKalb, She taught ELA, math, and science. During her career as an educator, Shani has worked with general, gifted, and special needs populations.
Nikki Roberts has joined the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) team as an administrative assistant. Nikki comes to GCSA after working in administrative roles at Literacy Action, the Southeast region’s largest nonprofit in adult basic education.
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.