A new public charter school in Plymouth has named Jaclyn Jeffrey as its first principal.
The board of Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy, a new tuition-free public charter school operated by Grand Rapids-based National Heritage Academies (NHA), announced Jeffrey will serve as the school’s first principal when doors open for the 2012-2013 school year, according to a news release from the school.
Jeffrey previously served as principal at NHA’s Keystone Academy in Belleville. She has been with NHA for more than seven years, the news release said.
“Since joining NHA as a teacher in 2004, Jaci has done an exceptional job in inspiring her students to maximize their potential,” said Rocco Bellino, Plymouth Scholars board president in the news release. “Her positive attitude, commitment to her students, and passion for learning is infectious. Her knowledge of the NHA education model and understanding of the warm, learning environment we expect to create will be an asset to the school. She is the ideal leader for Plymouth Scholars as we prepare to open the school this fall. ”
A graduate of Western Michigan University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Jeffrey also holds a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities from Madonna University, the news release said.
“Having worked at and led an existing NHA school for more than seven years, this is an exciting opportunity,” Jeffrey said in the news release. “I look forward to the many challenges we’ll face in preparation for the 2012-2013 school year, including building the state-of-the-art school facility from the ground up and hiring a dedicated and highly qualified teaching staff. I’ve already met many members of the community who have expressed excitement for Plymouth Scholars opening in their neighborhood, so we’re eager to welcome students and families to our school.”
According to the news release, the school, located at 48484 N. Territorial Road, has received nearly 900 applications for approximately 550 open seats for children in grades Young Five kindergarten–sixth grade. Plymouth Scholars will add one grade per year through eighth grade and will serve more than 700 students.
An enrollment lottery will take place 4:30 p.m. on May 2 at to determine the first class of students at Plymouth Scholars.
Open enrollment is ongoing until April 20. Student enrollment applications for Young Five kindergarten through sixth grade can be obtained by calling 866-NHA-ENROLL or online at www.nhaschools.com.