This summer, Challenge Charter School added a new role to the Leadership Team welcoming Kentia Coreus as Senior Director of Teaching and Learning. Before coming to Challenge, Kentia taught Literacy and ELA for grades 7-12 in Brooklyn and held several instructional leadership positions in New York and Stamford, CT. Kentia began her educational career with the New York Department of Education and has been working in public charter schools for the past 10 years.
Kentia also has five years experience working with the alternative population: over-aged students who were undercredited and missing significant requirements for graduation. In that role, Kentia used Credit Recovery methods and adapted school work around job schedules and other conflicts intrinsic to older students to help them gain their high school diplomas.
The new position of Senior Director of Teaching and Learning was designed to help Challenge form an instructional vision for Kindergarten through Grade 14, aligning our values and charter mandates to improve learning across grades K-8 and as a career-ready High School is added in 2020-21. In this role, Kentia is establishing expectations and support around teaching and learning standards.
“The goal is to maximize clarity in teaching so that we help scholars reach their educational goals, and this is a perfect time to do this as K-8 alignment aids in the planning of our High School,” Kentia noted.
The job involves a lot of interfacing with principals, teachers, and the directors at Challenge to support the overall goals of the school. As Kentia leads the way to finding the best resources to achieve growth, she recognizes how much classroom teaching has changed with the inclusion of more technology.
“I want to help keep the core of learning sacred, ensuring that students have an excellent education no matter the tools we use,” Kentia stated. “The driving question is: ‘What does an excellent education mean at Challenge, and what do we offer to scholars that is unique?’”
With the new position comes a renewed focus to have grade levels that build on one another so that scholars reap the full benefits of attending a K-14 school. In the daily life of the school, it is desired that every scholar has the opportunity to speak in class, make presentations, work on collaborative projects, and experience learning outside of the classroom.
When she is not at work improving education, Kentia loves to cook for her family. A favorite meal they share is oxtail with rice and peas. Speaking Haitian Creole with a decent understanding of Spanish, she encourages family members who may see her in our halls to feel free to say “hello” in whatever language you speak.
Please help us welcome Kentia Coreus to the Challenge Charter School family.