IDEA CEO & Co-Founder Inducted into National Charter School Hall of Fame


What a historic week for IDEA Public Schools!

On June 19, The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools inducted Tom Torkelson, IDEA CEO and Founder, and JoAnn Gama, IDEA Co-Founder, President, and Superintendent, into the 2018 National Charter School Hall of Fame.

The momentous occasion occurred during the two-day National Charter School Conference in Austin, Texas. During the induction ceremony, the room was bursting with IDEA supporters, some of whom also served as conference speakers and others who attended as IDEA spokespersons, sharing information about our programs with conference attendees.

Superintendent Gama played a dual role at the conference. Not only was she an inductee, she was also one of the dynamic IDEA presenters, addressing a captive audience about the history, mission and future of IDEA. Watch the presentation video here.

The conference was a great success—one for the entire IDEA Team & Family. CEO Torkelson recently shared this statement about the collective successes of IDEA:

“Our leaders, teachers and staff are all proving what is possible when you have individuals who are committed to providing a great education for all students,” said Torkelson. “Since IDEA opened its first school 18 years ago, our teachers and staff have continued to improve, innovate, and provide the highest quality education possible for our students who we know can and will succeed in college and in life.”

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