Charter Chat PodcastAna Chavez, Attendance Specialist at Value Schools and former Principal of Downtown Value School, was recently featured in the first episode of The Charter Chat Podcast, a media program hosted by Juliet Lucero focused on the stories from the charter school movement.

In the episode, Chavez discusses her own educational history and how it ultimately motivated her to give back to a community that supported her own educational journey as a youth. She reminds us of the foundational underpinnings of Value Schools and why its founder, Jerome Porath, aimed to create a secular educational option for students that focuses on the development of character, as well as their educational outcomes. 

Ana Chavez, Attendance Specialist, Value SchoolsShe goes on to explain how the Values help families envision positive educational outcomes for their children, and how the Values support not simply the idea going to college, but graduating from college.

Chavez considered the challenges charter schools face when attempting to secure facilities, and how our We Climb Campaign for Everest Value School epitomizes the need for safe, engaging spaces for youth. 

We now have quite a few students at these Ivy League schools now providing tours for our incoming students. That is so incredibly rewarding!”
-- Ana Chavez, Attendance Specialist, Value Schools

Chavez also discussed how the educational framework at Value Schools is working by exposing students to educational environments they may not have otherwise experienced. She highlighted how the Value Schools Board of Directors works on multiple levels to support our students. 

“Grant Cambridge takes students each year to the East Coast to tour Ivy League schools like Brown, MIT, and Harvard,” Chavez said. “We now have quite a few students at these Ivy League schools providing tours for our incoming students. That is so incredibly rewarding!”

Check out Ms. Chavez's episode here and listen to all the episodes of The Charter Chat Podcast here! You can also subscribe the podcast on Apple or Google Play.