From the Directors

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
Cindy and Kelly are a dynamic team at Bridges -- they both believe in whole child education, and are committed to leadership that is proactive, collaborative, and equitable. 
 
Director: Dr. Kelly Simon 
As Director, Kelly serves as the Principal/Superintendent at Bridges Charter School. She chose Bridges because the Charter embodies every component of education necessary for children to be successful socially, emotionally, and academically. 
 
  • PhD in Education from UC Santa Barbara
  • Expertise in child development, literacy, teacher development, project based learning, and assessment
  • Director of a Writing Center 
  • Taught and supervised teachers in Teacher Education
  • Taught writing and critical thinking at colleges and universities 
  • Background as a high school, middle school, and elementary teacher

Assistant Director: Ms. Cindy McCarthy
 
As Assistant Director, Cindy works to build our school community by building close relationships with students and parents. She chose Bridges because she was looking for a community that embraced growth mindset, human struggle, resilience, compassion, and tolerance while providing a nurturing and safe environment for children to explore. She describes Bridges as the perfect home. 
 
photo of Ms. Cindy

  • An educator for over 30 years including:
    • Middle School and High School Classroom Teacher
    • University Interscholastic League Coach
    • Student Council Adviser, Cheerleading Coach, Volleyball, and Track Coach
    • Math Department and Lead Chair, Technology Coordinator, Title I Coordinator
    • Mentor and New Teacher Supervisor
  • Founding teacher with Bridges’ CORE Middle School
  • Background in
    • Gifted & Talented and Advanced Placement
    • Technology
    • Administrative Leadership
    • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Mother of five and grandmother of three

I chose Bridges Charter School because I was looking for a community that embraced growth mindset, human struggle, resilience, compassion, and tolerance while providing a nurturing and safe environment for children to explore. Bridges is the perfect fit and home for me.