Today we celebrate Mr. Dewey’s Birthday.
Richard Dewey was the third-grade teacher of our Founder and President Stuart Ellis.

Richard Dewey with Stuart Ellis, Founder of Charter School CapitalIn his 37 years of teaching, Mr. Dewey was a mentor to many teachers and countless students, and a special mentor to Stuart. It was this outstanding educator’s legacy and commitment to teaching excellence that inspired our Dewey Awards –  an annual Grant that honors accomplished teachers, and rewards charter schools with three $1,000 gifts per year.“

Mr. Dewey fundamentally changed the way I thought about myself – and really made me believe I could accomplish anything in life” – said Stuart as he described the origins of the Dewey Awards at Charter School Capital.

Mr. Dewey’s extensive career included classroom experience with gifted students, contributions as a K-12 administrator, work in teacher mentorship and certification and in curriculum development, teaching at University level and working with teacher task groups. He was also a gifted musician who composed, arranged music and conducted choirs.

We join Richard’s loving wife of 53 years, his three sons and 11 grandchildren in remembering him with great fondness.“Every adult I talked to, they could think back and they could see that one inspirational teacher who really changed everything for them,” says Stuart. “He still inspires me.”

Did you have a teacher like that? Comment below with your favorite teacher and a note about how they impacted your life.

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Since the company’s inception in 2006, Charter School Capital has been committed to the success of charter schools. We help schools access, leverage, and sustain the resources charter schools need to thrive, allowing them to focus on what matters most – educating students. Our depth of experience working with charter school leaders and our knowledge of how to address charter school financial and operational needs have allowed us to provide over $1.8 billion in support of 600 charter schools that have educated over 1,027,000 students across the country. For more information on how we can support your charter school, contact us. We’d love to work with you!

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