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.