There are many paths a human being can travel in their lifetime. Some people spend their life journey lamenting or regretting choices. I feel blessed to be one of the more fortunate souls who found her passion early in life.
I’m an educator.
Over the years, I’ve learned this statement means different things to different people. For me, it continues to represent a higher purpose, a desire to affect change and goodness in children. It means I’m afforded the opportunity to help families grow in understanding--both of the educational system as well as their own personal dynamics.
And yet…what makes me a good educator is the fact that I’m not just an educator. I’m a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I practice a rich and meaningful spiritual life. I love freely and generously. And, I believe character and values still matter a great deal in our educational world. In fact, I believe character development is as important an educational partner as academic mastery.
I’m an educator.
As the Executive Director/Principal of Manzanita Public Charter School, I take the role seriously and passionately. Leadership is both a privilege and an honor. Every day, I wake up able to work alongside a hard working and dedicated MPCS staff who challenge me to give my best and to grow in elementary education pedagogy and understanding. Along with an amazing staff, the Manzanita Governing Board, School Site Council, and PTA include community members and parents who donate countless hours of personal time to better the lives of our school family.
Our school is truly blessed in so many ways!
The 2017-18 school year is going to be a very important year. As a school community, we are going to be laser focused on 3 important areas of growth: facility improvement (campus beautification); significant academic and character advancement; strategic social-emotional support for traumatized family/youth. If all goes as planned, these three areas of focus will merge together to provide an exemplary learning environment for ALL our scholars.
Thank you for your interest in Manzanita Public Charter School. Stay tuned for results of our ongoing journey to continually improve in our ability to provide exemplary educational experiences for Central Coast children!
Suzanne Nicastro, Executive Director/Principal