GRAND RAPIDS, MI - The 762 students at Vista Charter Academy found a new face in the principal's office this school year.
Laura Burgos was named principal following the retirement of Joe Grandy, who was at the helm of the K-8 school, located at at 711 32nd St. SE., for eight years.
Burgos began her career with National Heritage Academies, a for-profit management company for Vista and other charter schools, as the dean of Instruction at Brooklyn Dreams Charter School in New York.
Last school year, she served as principal or interim principal at three different NHA schools to assist those schools during transitional times or while other leaders were on leave.
"Our families have welcomed me with open arms,” said Burgos, who has more than 10 years of experience in classroom instruction and leadership. “They have been so patient and supportive and I appreciate that they know I have their child’s best interest in mind.”
“Moving forward I am focusing on building a positive school culture that promotes academic excellence."
She said this year they have adopted some good changes and fine tuned some current strategies.
Burgos has a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and a master’s in education from Brooklyn College and an advanced certificate in supervision and administration from Hunter College.