New Creekside Charter Academy Hires Founding Principal

Veteran educator has more than 17 years educational experience

RIVERVIEW, Fla. (March 19, 2018) – The Florida Charter Educational Foundation and Charter Schools USA have hired the founding principal for the new Creekside Charter Academy opening in Riverview in August 2018.  Dianne Stahl, most recently served as the founding assistant principal at sister-school, Winthrop Charter Academy, where the school maintained an “A” rating from the Florida Department of Education.

She started her educational career as a pre-school teacher in Broward County. Stahl’s love for science led her to continue her education to study geology and earth sciences and she joined the faculty of Coral Springs Charter School, a member of the Charter Schools USA family of schools. There, she taught advanced placement environmental science and marine sciences.

Stahl earned her undergraduate degree in industrial technology from Florida International University, studied geology and earth sciences at Florida Atlantic University and received her Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Barry University. 

“Ms. Stahl has been an exemplary leader at Winthrop Charter and will bring her tremendous talent to open our new school in Riverview,” said Michelle Thompson, regional director of West Florida. “Her ability to connect with students, parents and staff along with her solid experience with CSUSA’s proven educational model will start this school off well on the road to academic excellence.”

Creekside Charter Academy will serve grades K-6 in its first year and will add seventh and eighth grades in subsequent years. It is part of the Charter Schools USA Inc. (CSUSA) family of schools. The school is governed by Florida Charter Educational Foundation which consists of local community leaders: Rod Jurado, Valora Cole, Roderick Cunningham, Allen Witt and Steve Knobl. 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 Creekside Charter Academy is underway. Those interested may apply online at  


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