Mosaica Education Names Dr. Iris Metts as Chief Education Officer

Feb 25, 2003, 00:00 ET from Mosaica Education, Inc.

    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.