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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 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 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.
Jeanie Huddleston is a veteran classroom teacher of almost 15 years. During that time, she taught third, fourth and fifth grade. While she has a love for reading, she also taught math and science for many years. In addition to teaching, if you can think of a committee that deals with growth, improvement, school moral and leadership, Jeanie has probably served on one in her three different elementary schools in which she taught. Outside of the classroom, Jeanie continues to push herself to grow in knowledge and experience. Jeanie received her Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education in 2005. She then followed it with a Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in 2009. She is currently pursuing an Educational Specialist degree in Teacher Leadership.
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.