Local Teacher Honored at Renaissance Charter School at West Palm Beach

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Jason Rembert selected as the New American Hero

West Palm Beach, FLA (March 7, 2018 ) –  There are teachers, then there are heroes. Jason Rembert, a fourth grade language arts teacher and athletic director at Renaissance Charter School at West Palm Beach (WEST) is a New American Hero.  The award, which is sponsored by Charter Schools USA (CSUSA), the school that manages WEST, was presented to him at a surprise ceremony today by the president and CEO of CSUSA, Jonathan Hage. Rembert was selected from among nine finalists at schools in Florida, Louisiana and North Carolina. 

“The New American Hero award highlights the very best and brightest teachers currently operating at our schools,” said Hage. “To be selected as a finalist means you’ve risen to the top through accomplishments and proven dedication to putting students first in every decision. As the overall winner, Mr. Rembert is recognized as going above and beyond and serving as an outstanding example of everything that is good about educating students.”

The New American Hero award began in 2011 as a way to recognize educators who treat their career as a calling to help students achieve greatness. Teachers are nominated by their school leaders for their innovative practices and caring attitude toward students. Those nominees are then narrowed down to finalists, with the overall winner chosen from that group based on established criteria.  All nominees receive a cash award. The New American Hero receives a cash award of $5,000 and a plaque.

“To be a New American Hero means fully committing and dedicating myself to making a positive and lasting impact on the lives of my students,” said Rembert.  “It means understanding the power and influence my words and actions have over my students, and therefore choosing words and actions that build them up rather than break them down. It means recognizing the unique and valuable position. I am in as a male teacher in elementary school to serve as a positive male role model for so many children that are lacking one at home.” 

In addition to teaching, Rembert created the Renaissance Charter League for all six Palm Beach County Renaissance schools, coaches flag football, basketball and soccer for boys and girls, runs Team Sports Club, tutors reading and writing, coaches and organizes all aftercare sports activities an serves as a new teacher mentor. 

Renaissance Charter School at West Palm Beach serves students in grades K through eight and is part of the Charter Schools USA Inc. (CSUSA) family of schools. The school is governed by Renaissance Charter School, Inc., which has been operating a network of the highest performing charter schools in Florida for over a decade including the State’s first National Blue Ribbon Charter School after which this school is patterned. 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 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.              

Enrollment for Renaissance Charter School at West Palm Beach is underway. Interested parents can learn more atwww.westpalmcharter.org.  For additional information, contact the registrar at 561-839-1994.

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Photo cutline: Left to right – Erin Carlson (assistant principal), Jason Rembert (award winner), Michael Lupton (principal), Jonathan Hage (president and CEO of CSUSA), Donte Fulton-Collins (regional director) 

Media Contact:

Colleen Reynolds, APR – 239-437-0040 or cell: 239-849-6400 – edgecommuncations@comcast.net

Public relations counselor for Charter Schools USA and Renaissance Schools

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