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The Board can be contacted through email at board@cwcharter.org or by mail: 

CW Board of Directors, 12420 Bentley Street, Waterford, CA  95386

 

Board Agenda Item Submittal Form

Meet our Board of Directors

Carol Adams
Carol Adams:

Board Member – Carol Adams is no stranger to Connecting Waters Charter School. It is her pleasure to serve CWCS in the capacity of a member of the Board of Directors. Carol has over 40 years’ experience in the field of education. She retired from Escalon Unified after 30 years and spent 11 years with CW. With Escalon Unified she served in the following roles: Special Education and Regular Education, GATE teacher, Administrator, Special Education Director, and SARB Coordinator. With Connecting Waters Charter School her roles were Education Specialist and Area Facilitator.

Carol’s experience has been many-sided and has afforded her the opportunity to work with all populations. She attended many board meetings over the years as a Mentor Teacher and Administrator, working very closely with Escalon School District and County Offices. Her years with CWCS gave her a broad view of the choices families have in educating their students. Carol has enjoyed her time in this educational setting. She looks forward to serving you.

Margaret Lynch
Margaret Lynch:

Board Member - Margaret Lynch has been a parent with Connecting Waters Charter School for many years. She brings insight and experience to the CWCS Board of Directors. She has a BS degree in Education from Citadel Baptist College with a minor in Music. She has published two songs, and produced two albums. She also teaches voice lessons. She is a Realtor for PMZ Real Estate. She has six children and enjoys the personalized learning approach of education for the past 20 years. She believes the best teacher for any student is his/her parent. No one will care more. She understands the important responsibility CWCS’s innovative approach has provided for her children's education. The evidence of learning is found in the educational progress of her children. She has two sons serving in the United States Air Force and a daughter working as a Legislative Aide for the Maine State Senate. Her greatest joy has been to see her older graduates reach their dreams and enjoy their desired

Robert Avila
Robert Avila:

Board Member Robert Avila has been married to Lisa for 34 years and they have two children, Stephen and Sarah.  Sarah graduated from Connecting Waters Charter Schools.  Robert served as parent council president and he and his wife started the Science Olympiad program at CWCS.   Robert earned a master’s from the University of Phoenix in Business Administration and was employed by Nestle USA for 30 years as a National Sales Manager.  He was a strategic Sales Leader with experience in successfully elevating revenue and capitalizing on business opportunities for profit and growth in the food, dairy, and confections industry. Robert was acknowledged for consistently exceeding sales quotas and driving upwards of 100% annual growth. He was a proactive leader and who empowered sales teams to exceed aggressive goals.  He is a cancer-survivor and overcomer.  Involved with running for over thirty-eight years, he enjoys coaching high school and club track & cross-country.  Reaching the heart of a child is Robert’s passion in life.  He not only teaches runners how to win on the track but also how to win in life by loving and serving others.  Robert brings his strategic leadership skills and business acumen to CWCS.  He is a visionary thinker who has a passion to help the youth reach their full potential. 

Jeana Sears
Jeana Sears:

Board Member- Jeana Sears was home educated as a child in the Bay Area and has been home educating her children for seven years. She has graduated one child through Connecting Waters Charter School and has another finishing out high school this year.  Due to her background in home educating, Jeana has a special interest in supporting families in their efforts toward education as well as encouraging healthy relationship dynamics. Jeana has had a degree in Massage Therapy and Holistic Health since 1999 and has been teaching yoga since 2006. Additionally, Jeana began tutoring children in reading, creative writing and beginning music in 2016. Jeana and her husband also volunteer their time to help families in blended situations, struggling marriages and custody difficulties. 

Laneshia Peters
Laneshia Peters:

Chairman of the Board –  Laneshia Peters has been a board member for the past three years. She has served as our Board Treasurer. Laneshia has two sons that attend Connecting Waters Charter School, one in 4th grade and one in 2nd grade. She has been homeschooling five years. Laneshia keeps busy volunteering in her community.

She is most proud of the experiences that demonstrate this board of directors’ ability to collaborate, work respectfully with each other, and the families that they represent.  Commitment to a home-based education for two students afforded her the privilege as a member of the board of directors.  For academic development as an educator, she is enrolled in continuing education programs.  Professionally, she is a small business owner. Over a period of nearly 20 years, she has diligently cultivated work ethic, professionalism, and communication skills; organized work practice, time management and ability to resource, outsource and establish processes. She applies her professional experience as a member to the board that governs Connecting Waters Charter School.

Megan Shipley

Megan Shipley:

Vice-Chairman of the Board –  Megan Shipley  has been homeschooling her 4 children for over 13 years. One has graduated and the younger three children, ages 9 - 16, are homeschooling through Connecting Waters Charter School. They joined CWCS when they moved from Tennessee 4 years ago. Megan joined CWCS while living in the Bay Area and served as the chair of the Parent Advisory Council. She now lives in the Central Valley but is still very connected to the families and educational groups in the East Bay. The Shipley family started homeschooling when the oldest child taught herself how to read at the age of 4, subsequently launching the family into the complexities of educating gifted children. All of the children learn very differently from each other, so Megan has also done extensive research into the various learning styles. Her homeschooling methods have varied from classical to eclectic. Through all of this, she has learned that every child can learn and wants to learn.  Our job is to provide the proper resources for each individual child. In addition to her experience as an educator, she believes her background in accounting will play a crucial role during her tenure as a board member. She is also a huge “technology geek” and believes we need to keep up with current trends; however, she is a strong advocate of children picking up real books, playing outside, learning valuable life skills, and just being kids. She is very passionate about education and the power of our children to shape the future of our country as well as the world. She has read extensively about educational issues and the challenges facing schools today.

Summer Hash
Summer Hash:

Board Member- Summer Hash and her family came to Connecting Waters Charter Schools a few years ago, after looking for an alternative to traditional schooling, where continued bullying made her daughter’s life a misery. CWCS offered a different learning environment that could be tailor made for each child's success and changed her daughter’s life. Her kids are now making great progress and thriving in 6th and 8th grade. Summer has her BA in Political Science with a double minor in International Relations and Pre-Law at CSU Long Beach. She moved to Modesto to work as the Assistant Executive Director of the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation. The foundation provided reward money for missing persons and homicide victims, and worked such local cases as Shondra Levy and Laci Petersen; eventually merging into the Laci & Conner Search and Rescue Fund in 2009. She also worked at Humphreys College as an Admissions Counselor and has personal experience and understanding of how to help students prepare for college. Summer has experience as a board member and served as Director of Marketing for 10 years on the board of Atchison Propane, a family owned company in southern CA. She is looking forward to being a part of CWCS Board and bringing her unique experience to help reach its goals and help its students.  Summer enjoys teaching her children, spending time with her family, attending her kids sporting events, and hanging out with her horse, a little quarter horse mare named Spanky.