Kindergarten ~ Sixth Grade

A Tuition Free Public School

Suzanne Nicastro


ďMost people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.Ē

~ Albert Einstein


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.

Iím an educator.

Over the years, Iíve 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 Iím afforded the opportunity to help families grow in understanding--both of the educational system as well as their own personal dynamics.

And yetÖwhat makes me a good educator is the fact that Iím not just an educator. Iím 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.

Iím an educator.

As Principal of Manzanita Public Charter School, I take the role seriously and passionately. Leadership is both a privilege and an honor. When I first stepped foot on the Manzanita school campus, I immediately felt goodness and light here at this special school. Yes, there was pain. But underneath the pain was a growing sense of possibility and enthusiasm. Our staff is poised for greatness. We just have to believe in ourselves and our possibilities.

We are educators.

Thus, as educators, we must always realize thereís room for growth and improvement. We must support and challenge each other in that professional journey. SoÖas I embark upon this new educational journey at Manzanita, Iím filled with excitement for our schoolís future. That future is largely dependent on our amazing students who will join us in their own, unique educational journey. Our scholars will continually teach myself, and others, about what it really means to be an Ďeducator.í

Iím blessed beyond words to be on this journey with them.


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