Valdosta Daily Times

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June 7, 2014

Scintilla Charter Academy appoints principal

VALDOSTA — The board of Scintilla Charter Academy has appointed Julie Hiers as its founding principal.

Hiers brings more than 15 years of combined experience as an educator and assistant principal in the Valdosta area.

Her educational career began at S.L. Mason Elementary in 1998, and she remained there until 2008, working as a paraprofessional, second- and third-grade teacher, and academic coach. In 2008, she became the assistant principal at J.L. Lomax Elementary until 2010, when she became the assistant principal for Sallas Mahone Elementary.

Hiers holds a bachelor’s degree in early grades education and a masters in education in interrelated special education, both from Valdosta State University, as well as an Ed.S. in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

“We are so thrilled to have such an experienced educator on board as our principal. She brings such passion and energy, which are both very commendable assets of a leader for the first charter school in Valdosta,” said Lars Leader, Scintilla Charter Academy board chairman.

The proposal for Scintilla Charter Academy has been submitted and the board is awaiting approval. SCA is a tuition-free public school of choice. It is an innovative small school design focused on project based learning that will support the state and district’s goals for improving student performance.  Scintilla will create another educational choice in our community.

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