July 14, 2015
Resilience Charter School, Gainesville, FL
Contact: Wendi Bellows, Founding Board President
Resilience Charter School is pleased to announce that it has named Leah Fox to be its Instructional Director. “With Leah Fox at the helm,” said Wendi Bellows, president of the Founding Board of Resilience Charter Middle and High School, “our plan for students to engage in a unique project-based educational experience will flourish.” Ms. Fox has a long history in education and is excited to be a part of the Resilience family. Her vision of creating enriching learning environments has evolved over the years, and ripened through collaboration with the founding board. “Almost 20 years ago, as a rookie public school teacher in New York City,” said Ms. Fox, “I began envisioning how public education could truly honor how humans learn.” Driven by an intuitive passion, Ms. Fox has done extensive research to find the best practices to implement into Resilience Charter School. “I believe that charter schools have the power to allow communities to reclaim public education, so that our schools are for the people and by the people. We need schools that teach our youth real-world problem solving, that foster resilience and that cultivate empathy. We need schools that value the unique and innate gifts present in each student. We need schools that create learning environments that acknowledge and nurture these gifts!”
Ms. Fox has taken the leadership role in writing the Education Program for Resilience Charter School. As Instructional Director, Ms. Fox will be accountable for ensuring that the educational program is correlated to student success. She will see to it that the project-based learning platform meets students’ needs on both a personal level and to be in accordance with the Next Generation Sunshine State Common Core Standards. The Instructional Director is part of a co-directorship that will lead the school in all aspects. The other part of the team, the Organizational Director, will help oversee the school.
Resilience Charter School is a 6-12th grade, free, non-profit, public charter school serving Alachua County. The school is in the application stage of development and plans to open in Fall 2016. Its mission is to cultivate a dynamic learning community based on innovation, social justice, and environmental stewardship, and engages students through authentic relationships and project-based learning, empowering them to think critically, persevere with grit, design creative solutions, and act with mindfulness and compassion. Resilience Charter is proud to be in Collaborative Partnership with the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding. Please see http://resiliencecharterschool.weebly.com/ for more information.