2019 Leader of the Year

Dr. Jennifer Goodman, Superintendent of Odyssey Academy

Dr. Jennifer Goodman, Superintendent of Odyssey Academy, was named the 2019 TCSA Leader of the Year.   Jennifer has been a long-standing leader in the charter school movement and has given of herself unselfishly to help promote and support the work of the Texas Charter Schools Association and has served as a TCSA board member and Member Council Chair.

Jennifer serves as an example of leadership to all Texas charter leaders, being willing to help create innovative and creative spaces and approaches, earning the respect of students, parents and charter colleagues, advocating for the local and state charter movement, and serving as a leader within her community and region, willing to mentor other leaders.

“Serving as Superintendent of Odyssey Academy has been more than a job, it’s a calling and an opportunity to provide our students and our community a high-quality public education.  I’ve witnessed the transformative education public charters can provide, and I know the difference that it makes for families.”

As a reminder, TPCSA has set forth the following guidelines to determine eligibility for the Leader of the Year award:

  • Create innovative and creative spaces and approaches with the potential to be expanded or replicated either locally or statewide;
  • Earn the respect of students, parents and charter colleagues;
  • Advocate for the local and state charter movement and serve within their community;
  • Serve as a leader within their region, willing to mentor other leaders;
  • Have at least five years of experience working in a Texas public charter school;
  • Serve on at least one TPCSA member committee or council; and
  • Work for a charter that is a current TPCSA member.

Awardees such as Kathleen serve as inspiration and a model for their charter colleagues and their community. They serve as leaders in the improvement of education within the Texas charter school movement. Leaders chosen for this award may be asked to represent public charter schools at state legislative and policy events when needed.

Awardees receive an award of $1,000, one free registration to the annual Texas Charter Schools Conference, a prepared media statement for the awardee’s campus or charter to share, and an opportunity to share ideas quarterly through TPCSA’s newsletter, “Charter Insider”  and the “Texas Charter Exchange” blog.

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