EDD Support and Local Educational Agency
Curtis started his career as a special education teacher in Appleton, Wisconsin and moved for Florida to become the Principal of Pinellas Preparatory Academy in 2005. He helped the school expand to nearly four times the size it was when he started, opened a second school and led the way to the school becoming a high performing charter school within Florida.
In 2012 he joined the Building Hope team and has served as the Senior Director for Charter School Operations providing direct support to schools throughout the State of Florida. Working with the Department of Education he founded the Charter Support Unit which is a grant funded program to provide ongoing operational and organizational support to charter schools throughout the first charter contract assisting with everything from charter applications, opening and best practices operational support. He also developed several online platforms including CharterAce (to help charter schools organize and manage their accounts payable processes as well as student registration) and Charters.Link (to assist school districts with the compliance and oversight of charter schools they sponsor).
When the Florida Charter Institute was in it’s founding stage, Miami Dade College contracted with Building Hope for Curtis to provide operational leadership to assist with getting the foundation and structure setup, and is currently overseeing the operational support efforts of the Institute, along with developing the infrastructure around supporting schools that will eventually be authorized by the Institute and developing the systems necessary to serve as a Local Education Agency on behalf of those schools.
Curtis holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University and a bachelor’s in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.