The Association of American Educators (AAE) recently profiled a number of charter school teachers for National Charter Schools Week, including Northwest Professional Educators member Bill Proser, founder of the nationally acclaimed Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy in Coeur d'Alene, ID, and its longtime honors literature, history, and economics teacher. This is the second consecutive year that the Charter Academy has been ranked in the top 100 of the most challenging high schools as rated by the Washington Post. It is the number one performing high school in Idaho. Bill also serves NWPE’s president of the board of directors. We appreciate Bill's advocacy and hard work on behalf of student and teacher choice! Bill gives his insights on charter schools and what motivates him as an educator below.
Q. What do you like about teaching in a charter school?
A. The professional and academic freedom to run my classroom without interference from anyone.
Q. What sets your school apart?
A. The recognition of the teacher as the most important element in education.
Q. What motivates you as an educator?
A. The search for truth, which brings answers to the great questions of life.
Q. What are the misconceptions you face as a charter school educator?
A. That to threaten the status quo is somehow wrong.
Q. How is your school different from other schools you’ve taught in?
A. It works.
Q. What would you like to tell teachers in other environments about teaching in a charter school?
A. You can duplicate our success by changing your mind.
AAE and NWPE support the public charter school movement and the heroic educators who make these innovative schools possible.