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SOAR Charter School

Founded in 2010, SOAR is built on the premise that we should "expect more" from our public schools. SOAR is a public elementary charter school committed to providing exceptional educational opportunities to students in Far Northeast Denver. SOAR offers an innovative, holistic approach to education that includes an academically engaging curriculum, a focus on the development of social and emotional competencies and a deep commitment to the arts.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
1
Full Time Staff:
40
Contract Staff:
2
Volunteers Annually:
20
Retention Rate:
50%

Kelly Moulton, Other
Start Date:

Laurie Godwin, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2010

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Experienced leader involved in education reform
Lead design team member for Hampden Heights Expeditionary School
Worked with current staff to seek Innovation Status to improve educational opportunities for all students
Implemented innovative use of technology and 1:1 ipad program
Leader of school that has received a Performance rating every year on the Colorado School Performance Framework
Proven Accelerated growth for Second Language Learners
Partnership with Stanley British Primary School and the Johnson Foundation to train teacher candidates
Received 90,000 in grant funds from the Partnership for Great Schools in two years
Recognized by Colorado Department of Education as a Center of Excellence 2009, 2010, 2011
Recognized by Colorado Department of Education for the Governor's Award for Growth
Received the Colorado Gain-Maker award for exceptional improvement in student achievement in Math
Mentor for new principals and aspiring leaders

Brad Fischer, Other
Start Date:

Sonia Sisneros, Director of Operations
Start Date: 2017

Sonia Sisneros is the Director of Wellness & Operations for SOAR Schools. Sonia comes to SOAR with a blended background of wellness, child advocacy and operations management.

Sonia's family has a deep rooted connection and commitment to equality and social justice in the non-profit sector. In high school she began organizing and managing volunteer resources for Urban Peak. Currently, she is a volunteer for the Family Crisis Center, where she assists the Child Protection Unit by managing and distributing resources for the public good. In addition, Sonia is an active board member on advisory councils for other schools both charter and district. Through her advisory work she has organized charitable events for literacy programs, increased access to nutritious food for underserved communities, and the developed family-community programs.

Prior to joining SOAR, Sonia managed operations for AECOM, a sustainability design engineering firm for nine years. There she developed fiscal, personnel and facilities planning resources through the start-up and acquisition of purchased consulting firms. She also worked for Revolution Foods managing customer relationships and promoting nutrition education.

Sonia is University of Denver alumna, where she studied business and has gone on to study law & society. Sonia is returning to DU in the fall to pursue a Philanthropic Studies Certificate.

Sonia spends all of her free time with family. She and her husband have two amazing children and enjoy working in the garden, engaging in the Denver arts & music culture and even an occasional trip to the mountains for some camping.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
12
Term Length:
4
Term Limit:
4
Total # of Board Members:
Clients on Board:
Yes
# of Client Board Members:

Board Demographics:

Female:
6
Male:
2

Black or African American:
1
Asian:
0
White:
7
Hispanic or Latino:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

78%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

0%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

Committees

Finance
Fund Development
Issues
Strategic Planning

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