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Expanding Kihei Charter School welcomes new executive director

February 13, 2014
Maui Weekly

Kihei Charter School (KCS) has appointed Jen Fordyce to the position of executive director. This is Fordyce's fourth year teaching at KCS High School, and her eighth year as a professional educator.

Fordyce began her KCS career as the upper-division language arts teacher for the high school, and went on to develop the high school projects and internships program that continues to grow today. She looks forward to helping KCS further develop its strengths around innovative, real-world education; developing community partnerships; and guiding KCS through a strategic, thoughtful growth process.

"We are very fortunate at KCS to have such a wealth of creative, talented people," said Gene Zarro, vice-chair of the KCS Board of Governance and one of the founders of the school. "We are very confident that Ms. Fordyce will provide the forward thinking and creative energy we here at KCS value."

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Jen Fordyce is the new executive director of Kīhei Charter School.

"This is an exciting time for Kihei Charter," said Fordyce. "We have an opportunity to reconnect with the school's mission and renew our efforts toward best practices in education, student-centered learning, and intentionally growing our school in the right directions. We are also looking forward to developing our new campus at Maui Research & Technology Park and expanding our elementary and middle school facilities."

KCS, a public charter school founded and supported by the nonprofit South Maui Learning 'Ohana, plans to break ground this year on a $20.7 million project that includes building a three-story, $10.7 million high school in the Maui Research & Technology Park.

Before becoming a teacher, Fordyce worked as a communications and development director for nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C., and Providence, Rhode Island. She later earned a Master of Arts in teaching from Brown University and received significant training and experience in student-centered, project-based learning while teaching at The Met School in Providence.

Fordyce said she has had a wonderful experience with the students and surrounding community here on Maui over the last four years, and looks forward to working more closely with the entire school, including the middle school and K-8 blended programs.

Former KCS Executive Director George Winterscheid will return to Oregon this spring.

"The board wishes George well and our best wishes to his family as he prepares to move back to Oregon," said Zarro.



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