Collier Charter Academy Hires Founding Leader

Collier Charter Academy is a brand new K-8 school scheduled to open August 2017. Applications for grades K-6 will be accepted for the 2017-2018 school year and subsequent grades will be added each year.

Veteran educator takes the reins at the new school

NAPLES, Fla (Dec. 16, 2016)Kimberly Zambito will be the founding principal of Collier Charter Academy in Naples, FloridaCollier Charter Academy has hired its founding leader, veteran educator Kimberly Zambito. Zambito has served both in the classroom and in administration with Bonita Springs Charter School since 2008. She most recently served as assistant principal and has held positions as dean of curriculum and instruction and as a lead teacher.

“Ms. Zambito has been a guiding force at Bonita Springs and has a great familiarity with the Naples community,” said Michelle Thompson, lead principal for the west coast of Florida. “Her dedication and enthusiasm and experience with our educational model will serve the students and parents well in the new school.”

Zambito earned her Bachelor of Science degree majoring in resort, hospitality and tourism management and a minor in business management from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Also at FGCU she graduated from the teacher immersion program and earned her Master of Education degree in educational leadership. She has also participated in Charter Schools USA’s Leading Edge program since 2011 and has completed tracks in curriculum/dean, assistant principal and is completing the principal track.

Collier Charter Academy is part of the Charter Schools USA Inc. (CSUSA) family of schools. The schools are governed by the Southwest Charter Foundation, Inc. which includes local community leaders: Ken Haiko, Dennis Clark, Thomas Wheeler, Margaret Wells, John O’Brien, Shane Strum and Preston Jones. CSUSA, the first education management company to receive corporation system-wide accreditation through AdvancED is one of the nation’s leading charter school management companies. CSUSA currently manages 84 schools in seven states serving more than 70,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. CSUSA innovative educational advantages include advanced technology, meaningful parental involvement, student uniforms, consistent and fairly-enforced discipline policies, highly qualified and motivated staff, community focus, integrated character education and high academic growth and performance.

Collier Charter Academy is scheduled to open in August 2017 at 12101 Immokalee Rd. in Naples, just east of I-75. Applications are accepted online at


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