At age 27 I created one of the first dynamic environmental science and nature based Charter schools for Kindergarten through 6th grade studentscalled Fall Creek School in the winter of 1997. This program was run under the umbrella Charter 25 of the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District.
All aspects of program design, curriculum development and delivery were my sole responsibility.
I kept accurate monthly and annual client records for 30 families, meeting clients weekly to collect, review and file paperwork submissions that were required.
I worked closely with the larger Charter staff of 15 to create and maintain the vision of the Charter School while implementing district wide policies passed down from Sacramento and Washington D.C.
I hired my own teachers and managed my administrative staff.
Additionally, I created and taught the first permaculture classes in the district; teaching rainwater harvest design at the high school level. A fully functioning catchment system was designed and built by students under my tutelage.
I developed flexibility, resiliency and a great capacity for bringing vision into form while working under extreme bureaucratic pressure.
I found the situation to be unique in that it was intimate and independent while being part of the larger public institution. I was proud to serve here for such a long time.