Algiers Charter School Association Board Names
Rene Lewis-Carter as CEO
After 10 years of dedicated service to Algiers Charter, Lewis-Carter will lead the organization.
Brandon C. Armant
Phone: 504.264.5493 ext. 101
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Orleans (May 12, 2016) – The Algiers Charter School Association is pleased to announce it is removing the designation “interim,” and extending the contract of Rene Lewis-Carter as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). With a vote by the Algiers Charter School Association Board of Trustees, this decision was made effective during the board’s special meeting on May 11, 2016.
“After a thorough review of all candidates that applied for this position, we are happy to announce Rene-Lewis Carter as CEO of Algiers Charter,” said John Edwards, Algiers Charter School Association board chairman. “We are ready to transition into a new era and continue focusing on delivering education excellence in Algiers.”
Lewis-Carter was appointed interim CEO in January 2016. Since then, she has lead efforts to increase academic focus across the network by updating the association’s testing policy, and she has implemented a method where, for the first time since the network’s inception in December 2005, all K-8 Algiers Charter schools will use the same curriculum resources in ELA math and science. As CEO, Lewis-Carter will continue to utilize her extensive educational experience to lead and grow Algiers Charter.
“I’m honored to be entrusted to lead this organization to new heights,” said Lewis-Carter. “We have a lot of work to do and I’m ready to lead the charge and work tirelessly to position Algiers Charter as the leading charter school network, not just in Algiers, but in our region.”
For the past 10 years, Lewis-Carter has been a champion for Algiers Charter; and with nearly a quarter-century of experience in education, she has served children as a
principal, assistant principal, instructional coordinator, teacher and community
volunteer. Most notably, she was the founding principal of Algiers Charter’s Martin
Behrman Charter Academy of Creative Arts and Sciences, one of New Orleans’ most highly regarded open enrollment elementary schools. Her leading efforts at Martin Behrman Charter brought her statewide recognition in being named the 2016 Middle School Principal of the Year in the state of Louisiana; the first time a charter school principal had ever received the prestigious recognition in Louisiana.
Lewis-Carter has also been recognized nationally as an expert in teacher recruitment, retention and development and for her commitment to arts integration in schools. In 2009, she was the focus of a feature article in the national education magazine, Edutopia entitled, “A Louisiana School Leader Answers the Call of Duty.”
A native of New Orleans, and a third-generation resident of the Algiers community, Lewis-Carter received her Master of Education in Education Administration and Leadership, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Our Lady of Holy Cross College.
About Algiers Charter
Founded in 2005, Algiers Charter is a community-based solution that provided the first educational options for families returning to Algiers and the wider New Orleans community following Hurricane Katrina. Today, Algiers Charter is the largest independent Charter Management Organization (CMO) in the Gulf South, serving over
4,300 Pre-K through 12th grade students on six campuses. Algiers Charter attracts and retains veteran educators who believe that all New Orleans children have a right to a rigorous, well-rounded, career and college preparatory education.