by Shabaaka Smalls
Dear Members, Stakeholders, and Charter Supporters,
As many of you know, Elisa Falcó, GCSA’s Executive Vice President for School Success, is returning to school leadership as the Principal of Furlow Charter School in Americus. Like many of you, I had the pleasure of collaborating with Elisa on several projects and initiatives over her distinguished tenure at GCSA, and I am continually inspired and energized by her passion and dedication to her students. I have grown personally and professionally from Elisa’s tremendous knowledge, professionalism, and commitment to students, and I’m eager to continue to learn from her when she’s a school leader. I’m truly excited on behalf of her future students and families!
With the support of Tony Roberts and the entire GCSA team, I am proud to take a broader role with GCSA to lead the transition of our School Success Team. Over the next few weeks, GCSA will be working with schools to review member needs and align our services to match those needs. We want to ensure we take an organized and deliberative approach to reviewing and improving our service to schools, and your honest feedback will be critical to helping us serve you more responsively and effectively. We are aiming to finalize a long-term approach to supporting students, schools, and stakeholders over the summer.
I have always had a TON of energy. I’m ecstatic to be able to use that enthusiasm to support schools beyond the GCSA Incubator and to shape the future of GCSA’s services and trainings. Most of all, I’m happy I get to contribute to improving educational options and outcomes by supporting excellent schools. Thank you all for this trust and opportunity!
GCSA VP of New School Development