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Building Renovations and a New Member to our Team!

posted Mar 21, 2017, 3:14 PM by Deborah Teasley   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 3:20 PM ]
Happy Spring to our Families and Students!

With spring in the air, there are some warm tidings of new and remodeled space for our students. After many months of effort on behalf of EPLA staff, we have finally concluded our remodel and our 8th grade students have moved in. There are a few details that we are working out this week that will provide the new, beautiful and safe space our students deserve. 

With new and remodeled classrooms, spring is also bringing a breath of fresh air. After months of discussions, we are excited to announce that one of the country's foremost educational experts, Mr. Antonio Vigil, will be formally joining our team here at the El Paso Leadership Academy. Mr. Vigil brings with him thirty years of educational experience. In addition to being a classroom teacher and school administrator, Mr. Vigil lead efforts to open two separate charter schools (one middle and one high school) in Denver, Colorado. His last effort "SMART Academy" is a public charter high school that serves 100% low-income, first generation college students. 

As the school's leader, he wrote the charter application for the high school, designed its curriculum, was its founding principal and spearheaded almost all efforts for its successful operation. Within its first graduating class, 100% of SMART Academy's students were accepted into a four year university with no student having to pay more than $2000 for their tuition! He is a highly sought-after educator and there are many institutions across the country that were courting him to open up schools for their charter organizations. Mr. Vigil is proud to join the El Paso Leadership Academy as his vision for our students and community align exactly with that of our organization, our executive team and our Founder/CEO. He is deeply committed to the empowerment of our students, the incorporation of parents as partners and ensuring that our leaders are given the equity of educational opportunity they deserve so they can become the leaders this community needs. He will be formally joining us as our new Chief Academic Officer and we welcome you all to come meet him.