Welcomes New Staff for 2020-21 School Year

Lake Lure Classical Academy recently announced the addition of several new members of the administration and faculty teams. Together, these educational leaders bring a wealth of knowledge and talent to help the public K-12 Charter School navigate ongoing changes in education amid the persistent challenges associated with Covid-19.

IT Teacher Coach Mary Jo Juran works with 5th-grade teachers Rachael Fowler and Nancy Sarratt during Technology Training Day at Lake Lure Classical Academy. The school re-opened for on-site and Virtual Learning on Aug. 17th.

Entering its eleventh year in Lake Lure, LLCA reopened Aug. 17th under Gov. Roy Cooper’s Plan B with a blended model of on-campus instruction and its all-new Virtual Learning Academy.

Since early July, school officials re-structured classrooms, communicated with parents, created online lesson plans and detailed schedules for all twelve grades. The school selected the blended model after surveying parents about their preferences.

LLCA will continue to provide its free bus transportation services to participating students.  To adhere to state and federal health recommendations, all mandated health guidelines related to social distancing, face coverings, small gatherings, and frequent sanitation of heavily used rooms and surfaces will be followed. 

New Staff Hired

In the middle school, LLCA has hired Donna Horne who is filling the position of seventh and eighth grade English Language Arts, formerly held by Terry James who has since retired. With a Master’s in Education, Horne completed her education at Western Carolina University.  She received her undergraduate degrees in History and Anthropology from Emory University.

The school also welcomes several new teachers including, kindergarten teachers, Morgan Jarvis and Jennifer Bradley; first grade teacher, Michele Reed; third grade teacher, Jessie Massey; fourth grade teacher, Deborah Rennie, and Corrie Sias, as the school’s newest K-12 Guidance Counselor. 

In the high school, LLCA is conducting a candidate search for its new assistant principal following the departure of Brad White, who left to accept a career growth opportunity as assistant principal at RS Middle School.

In an effort to enhance the school’s computer science and educational offerings keyboard training, LLCA has transitioned Mary Jo Juran from teaching fourth grade to serving as the school’s new, full-time IT Instructional Coordinator. In this capacity, Juran will be a resource to teachers, students, and parents. As a result, K-8 students will now have much greater access to computer and keyboarding training. 

“In the midst of COVID-19 and remote learning, IT knowledge is more important than ever and we are committed to making sure all grades at LLCA receive computer science standards as recommended by the State of North Carolina,” explained LLCA School Director Barbara Cohen. “Mrs. Juran’s passion for teaching parents, students, and staff technology is well-suited for her new role and we look forward to all members of our school having this new resource” 

To learn about all of LLCA’s administration, faculty and staff, please visit llcharter.org

Submitted by Valerie A. Hoffman