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From the Directors

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 
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  • PhD in Education from UC Santa Barbara, 2012
  • Expertise in child development, literacy, teacher development, project based learning, and assessment
  • Director of a Writing Center from 2016-2017
  • Taught and Supervised Teachers in Teacher Education 2010-2016
  • Taught college level writing and critical thinking from 2004-2010
  • Taught high school, middle school, and elementary students from 2006-2007
  • Mother to three
I chose Bridges because the charter embodies every component of education necessary for children to be successful socially, emotionally, and academically.

Assistant Director: Ms. Cindy McCarthy
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  • 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.

Homeschool Director: Mr. Phil Ross
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My favorite thing about Bridges is that everyone is trying to do their very best for students. Kids come first!