The Families

Shirline Wilson

shirline-wilsonShirline is from Seattle, Washington, and has a 12-year-old son, Miles, enrolled in Rainier Prep. Miles was diagnosed with ADHD and suffered from deep performance anxiety in his local district school. Within one year at Rainier Prep, Miles confidence has been restored, as he learns in an environment where teachers, staff, school leaders and community members care about him and believe in his ability to achieve.

Jennifer Diane Lee

wac-_0007_jennJennifer is from Mead, Washington, and her daughter Angie attends Spokane International Academy (“SIA”). Angie has oral apraxia, developmental delays and is completely non-verbal, a need her neighborhood school was unresponsive to, causing Angie to be bullied and fall behind academically. SIA was able to provide Angie with one-on-one aid in the general classroom and work with her independently on her sign language skills, making school a place where she is happy, loves learning and is thriving academically.

Heidi and Scott Mitchell

wac-mitchelHeidi and Scott are from Spokane, Washington, and have a 13-year-old son, JD, who attends PRIDE Prep. JD was diagnosed with a mild case of phonetic dyslexia, causing him to feel very little confidence in his ability to learn or succeed and was ineligible for any additional support through this traditional district school. JD’s experience at PRIDE Prep has transformed his confidence. JD now expresses excitement to share the new information he has learned with his family, who are moved to tears at by their gratefulness for his huge academic improvements.

Darcelina Soloria

wac-_0002_darceliaDarcelina is from Spokane, Washington, and her 6-year-old son, Kai, attends Spokane International Academy (“SIA”). In Kai’s first year of school at SIA, he has developed a love for reading and math and an ability to answer addition questions his equally bright neighbor in second grade at their local elementary school cannot. Not only is Kai achieving academically, he also is learning social awareness skills about his impact on those around him in his community, city and state.

Eduardo Pacheco

wac-_0003_ed-panchecoEduardo and his wife live in Yakima, Washington, and their daughter Ava is currently enrolled in Discovery Lab School, a considerable distance from the family’s home. Without the Charter Schools Act, people living within the Yakima School District have limited public school options available in their hometown. Ed supports the Charter Schools Act because it provides the opportunity for charter public schools to operate in the Yakima area and brings hope to the community that their children can finally receive a quality education.

Gen Fiorino

wac-_0004_gen-dylanGen is from Spokane, Washington, and has two 12-year-old grandsons, Dylan and Tyler, who currently attend PRIDE Prep. Both boys showed signs of boredom with their traditional district school curriculum and instruction, but after attending PRIDE Prep for the sixth grade, the change in their attitude about school has been remarkable. PRIDE empowers its students to take charge of their education, leading both boys to aspire and work toward their goal of attending their dream college.

Natalie Hester

natalie-updated-pictureNatalie lives in Seattle, Washington, and her 15-year-old daughter currently attends Summit Sierra charter public school. Natalie’s daughter struggled in mathematics at her local district school, and while the teachers claimed there was nothing else they could do to help her, Natalie was confident that under the right circumstances her daughter would be capable of succeeding in math. Since beginning school at Summit Sierra, Natalie’s daughter has immensely benefited from the school’s personalized learning plan, allowing her to keep working at math until she masters the skills and build her confidence.

Roland Bradley

wac-_0009_rolandRoland lives in Seattle, Washington, and his grandson, Ben, is enrolled in Excel Charter School. After starting at Excel, Ben received his first measure of academic performance testing, finding out that he was behind academically in math, reading, and language arts. After Ben’s first year at Excel, not only has his academic performance improved notably, he also is excited to talk about the STEM-based education he is receiving and his new understanding of the different backgrounds and perspectives of others.

Delanas “Del” Johnson


Del lives in Seattle, Washington, and his son, Jalen, is enrolled in Summit Sierra. After Jalen began attending their local public school, Del became interested in exploring other high-quality educational environments. Del appreciates how Summit Sierra nurtures Jalen’s passion for learning and the school’s commitment to a diverse environment. Now, not only does Jalen learn specific education subjects more quickly, he does so while viewing them from different perspectives among peers from different backgrounds.

Crystal Swaffer

wac-_0001_crystal-swafferCrystal and her husband are from Tacoma, Washington, and have two sons, Tristen and Asher, who are currently enrolled in SOAR Academy. SOAR developed a personalized learning plan for Tristen and Asher that fit each of their unique educational abilities, extending them both the opportunity and support they needed to help them succeed. Crystal and her husband are thankful for the charter public school system because it gives them the option to support their two son’s different educational needs and has allowed the boys to flourish academically.

Gustavo Cueva

wac-_0005_gustavo-cuevoGustavo lives in Tacoma, Washington, and his daughter, Tatiana, is enrolled in Summit Olympus. Tatiana was performing below grade level at her local district school, but now she learns at a pace that works for her and understands the importance of college. Summit Olympus has brought a much needed hope to Tatiana’s education by giving her the excellent teachers and mentors she needed to believe in her and support her.


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