Pinnacle Charter School’s Violeta Apodaca Awarded Most Valuable Charter Contributor
Tues., March 5, 2019
Violeta Apodaca, administrative assistant at Pinnacle Charter School, was named Most Valuable Charter Contributor at the Colorado League of Charter Schools and recognized along with six other 2019 Colorado Charter School Hall of Fame winners at the league’s conference on Fri., March 1.
In her role as administrative assistant at Pinnacle High School for the last four years, Apodaca has taken on the additional responsibility of supporting high school students in their post-secondary education and career pursuits. “Violeta’s passion for our students’ post-secondary success is truly unmatched,” remarked High School Principal Todd Bittner.
Apodaca’s own educational experience and the support she received in her journey is her motivation to empower the community to become stronger and more educated.
“There are cycles to be broken,” Apodaca said. “The cultures and the traditions of many of our students are to be celebrated, but many times these same traditions are the ones that hold our students back from having the opportunity to continue their education beyond high school. I want my students to know that they too can achieve greatness if they put in the work.”
Alongside Apodaca, the Colorado League of Charter Schools recognized the following individuals:
Charter School Leader of the Year: Mary Faith Hall (Thomas MacLaren School, Colorado Springs)
Advocate of the Year: Jesse Hutt (Animas High School, Durango)
Charter School Educator of the Year: Lauren Martinez (Mountain Song Community School, Colorado Springs)
Charter School Authorizer Award: Dr. Terry Croy Lewis (Charter School Institute)
Lifetime Achievement Award: E.D. Hirsch, Jr., (Core Knowledge Foundation)
Lifetime Achievement in Advocacy: Hugh Fowler (Founder of two charter schools)