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Veteran Leaders Bring Years of Experience to New and Successful Schools

TAMPA, Fla – (July 18, 2016) – Southshore Charter Academy has hired its founding principal, veteran educator, Kristen Storm-Taylor.  Storm-Taylor formerly led the highly successful Henderson Hammock Charter School in Tampa. Lane Morris, who has served in a variety of educational leadership positions since 2002 will take over the reins at Henderson Hammock.

“We are so fortunate to have two leaders with such a depth of talent for these two schools,” said April Williams, north and central regional director for Charter Schools USA. “Ms. Taylor has built a tremendous foundation from which Mr. Morris will be able to build.  She brings significant experience to Southshore Charter Academy to ensure a successful opening and launch of the new school.”

Storm-Taylor received her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and her Master of Education in educational leadership from University of south Florida in St. Petersburg. She formerly served as principal of Henderson Hammock Charter school and has held a variety of educational roles from teacher to curriculum specialist.

Morris has held a variety of principal positions in Pasco County in Florida and Oldham, Henry and Scott Counties in Kentucky.  Under his leadership, academic outcomes increased significantly as did parental involvement at several schools.

Southshore Charter Academy and Henderson Hammock Charter School are part of the Charter Schools USA Inc. (CSUSA) family of schools. The schools are governed by the Florida Charter Educational Foundation which includes local community leaders: Rod Jurado, Seema Jain, Valora Cole and James Grant.  CSUSA, the first education management company to receive corporation system-wide accreditation through AdvancED is one of the nation’s leading charter school management companies. CSUSA currently manages 77 schools in seven states serving nearly 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. In the 2016-2017 school year, the number will expand to 84 schools with more than 75,000 students. CSUSA innovative educational advantages include advanced technology, meaningful parental involvement, student uniforms, consistent and fairly enforced discipline policies, highly qualified and motivated staff, community focus, integrated character education and high academic growth and performance.

Southshore Charter Academy is scheduled for an on-time opening in August 2016 at 11667 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview.  Henderson Hammock Charter School is located at 10322 Henderson Road in Tampa.  Applications are accepted online at www.southshorecharter.org  and www.hendersoncharter.org