By Carolyn Jurick
Carolyn Jurick, Georgia’s First Public Charter School Principal
Seventeen years ago I was principal of the first charter school in Georgia. One retirement, one big move and many years later, I find myself once again helping to launch a charter school. I was the principal at Addison Elementary in Cobb County for sixteen years. Now some of my time and energy is focused on helping to start the Tybee Island Maritime Academy, which will become the state’s first and only elementary school focused on maritime education when it opens next fall. What a journey!
Years ago at Addison Elementary we were looking at ways to increase student achievement. We started to examine the charter school concept. It…