NEW YORK, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Mosaica Education, Inc., a charter
school management company, announced today the appointment of Dr. Iris T.
Metts as its new Chief Education Officer. Dr. Metts comes to Mosaica from
Prince George's County, Maryland, where she serves as Chief Executive Officer
of the public school system. Her many accomplishments include the
introduction of full-day kindergarten and a mandatory summer school program,
the implementation of class size reduction, and the establishment of the first
and only public military academy in the state of Maryland. She will start her
new position at Mosaica on July 1, 2003.
Dr. Metts is a graduate of Hampton University, received her master's
degree from the College of William and Mary, and her doctorate from Virginia
Polytechnic and State University. She has done doctoral work at Harvard
University and has held leadership positions in many professional and
community service organizations. Dr. Metts has received numerous awards for
leadership and has been recognized for her community involvement efforts.
"We are pleased to have Dr. Metts join Team Mosaica as our new Chief
Education Officer. With an extensive background in public school reform, Dr.
Metts' expertise will position Mosaica for expansion of its educational model,
while meeting the new demands of the rigorous No Child Left Behind
legislation," said Michael J. Connelly, MEI's Chief Executive Officer.
"She embodies the Mosaica mission and vision of providing an exemplary
public education to all children, a program that bridges the digital divide
and that features the rich content of a classical education worthy of the
finest private schools in the nation," added Dawn Eidelman, Ph.D., Mosaica's
Co-Founder and the President of its Paragon Division. Paragon Curriculum is
the company's proprietary program and a key contribution to education reform.
Dr. Metts has been tenacious in her pursuit of a quality education for
every student, and unrelenting in her efforts to reach out to the community
and business sector. She has invested more than 30 years in public education,
from teacher, to curriculum specialist, to principal, to Secretary of
Education and Superintendent. She is a visionary leader with the demonstrated
capacity to achieve results in diverse school communities.
"There is growing interest in public charter schools that is supported by
new federal legislation," noted Dr. Metts. "School boards across the nation
are continually seeking cutting-edge strategies to raise academic outcomes.
Mosaica has a unique opportunity to broaden its reach and scope of educational
services, and a window of opportunity to attract attention strategically to
public charter schools. Our plan is to expand the education choices offered
to parents in communities across the United States," said Metts.
"Mosaica is a company on the forefront of education reform," added Metts,
"I am looking forward to working with the Mosaica team as we expand the
concept of public charter schools, and deliver on the promise of providing a
quality education for every child."
Mosaica Education currently operates 40 schools in six states and the
District of Columbia. It is headquartered in New York.
SOURCE Mosaica Education, Inc.