Golden Valley Charter Schools: Our First Year
By Debi Lenny, Founding Principal of Golden Valley Charter Schools
Emily Elias, Founding Parent and Business Manager
Carol Evans, Founding Parent and Charter Council Member
Debbie Putnam, Founding Parent and Charter Council Chair
Doug Van Woerkom, Founding Parent, Facilities Manager and Charter Council Member
August 21, 2019
On the cover of Golden Valley’s first yearbook is a watercolor painting of a path through a forest of trees. And inside, along with the class photos are photos of each family along with a favorite family recipe. As I flip through its pages I am struck by how truly it represents the beginning of Golden Valley Charter Schools, when a small group of parents, teachers and staff set out on a mission together to found a school, determined to forge a path through the forest of unknown challenges and pitfalls as well as delights. Amazingly, that small school, which was then known as Citrus Heights Charter School , has grown into the burgeoning network of three public Waldorf Schools that Golden Valley Schools is today. With much passion, determination and hard work we united to overcome outside adversity and internal turbulence to give birth to Golden Valley. Here is one of the stories behind the photos in that first yearbook. I know there are others as well.