Dr. Rosalind Calvert Perez


Superintendent- Bay Area Charter School, Inc. (2003-2013)
Principal        - Ed White Memorial High School of Bay Area Charter
                       School, Inc. (2003-2013)

The Bay Area Charter School, Inc. Board of Directors is saddened at the death of Superintendent Dr. Rosalind Calvert Perez.  Students, parents, faculty, and staff have suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of their leader.
         Bay Area Charter Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Rosalind C. Perez, passed away suddenly on Monday, December 9, 2013, in a local hospital.

School officials notified staff, faculty, parents, and students on Monday. 

         The Board of Directors posted the necessary 24-hours-notice of an emergency meeting of the Board. On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. the Board met. To insure that the students, faculty/staff, and parents continue the school period effectively, a transition plan of leadership was formulated.

         Mrs. Kendra Paine Persohn was named Interim Senior Administrator of Bay Area Charter School, Inc.  Mrs. Persohn will hold this position until the Board names a Superintendent. 

         Mrs. Persohn has served as the principal of the Bay Area Charter Middle School since October, 2010. She has also served as the Bay Area Charter School Special Education Coordinator for seven years.  She provided Dyslexia Services for the District, special education services, and served as a classroom teacher. 

         Mrs. Persohn earned the following university degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts; Master of Science.  She earned the following educational certifications: Classroom Teacher; English as a Second Language Generalist; Special Education Supplemental; Principal Certificate. 

         Ms. Jessica Lei Gagewanamaker was named Interim Principal of Ed White Memorial High School.  Ms. Gagewanamaker will assume the duties of the high school principal for the remainder of the school days this month and until the Board names a permanent high school principal. 

         Ms. Gagewanamaker has served as the Assistant Principal of Ed White Memorial High School since August, 2013.  She earned the following university degrees: Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science; Master of Education in Special Education; and Master of Education in Administration.  She earned the following educational certifications: English Language Arts and Reading; Special Education; and Mid-Management. 

         Ms. Gagewanamaker’s professional experience includes assignments as Classroom Teacher in Early Childhood; Middle School and High School Special Education Teacher; High School English Teacher; and Educational Consultant.

         Mrs. Kristen Wessale was named Interim Principal of Bay Area Charter Middle School.  Mrs. Wessale served as the Principal of Bay Area Elementary School from August, 2003 to May, 2011.  She will assume the duties of the middle school principal for the remainder of the school days this month and until the Board names a permanent middle school principal. 

         Dr. Perez was extremely proud of Bay Area Charter School, Inc. and worked tirelessly for the effectiveness of each faculty/staff member and the present and future success of each pupil.  Bay Area Charter School, Inc. mourns her passing and praises her dedication and contributions to the District.

Accomplishments of Dr. Rosalind Calvert Perez, Superintendent of Bay Area Charter School, Inc. (2003-2013)

         Dr. Rosalind C. Perez received the following university degrees: Bachelor of Science in Education and Business Administration (Sam Houston State University); Master of Arts (Same Houston State University); and Doctor of Education (University of North Carolina at Greensboro).

         She earned the following professional leadership certifications: Mid-Management; Superintendent; and Special Education Supplement.

         Dr. Perez came to Bay Area Charter School, Inc. in February, 2003, as Principal of Ed White Memorial High School.  Due to her enthusiasm and around-the-clock work ethic, the enrollment of the high school increased and she was named Superintendent for the 2003-2004 school year in addition to her role as high school principal.

Increases in the Number of School District Areas Served

         At the start of Dr. Perez’ leadership (Spring, 2003), the number of ISD areas served was nine: Clear Creek ISD, Deer Park ISD, Dickinson ISD, Friendswood ISD, Hitchcock ISD, Houston ISD, LaPorte ISD, Pasadena ISD, and Santa Fe ISD.

         For the school year 2004-2005, LaMarque ISD and Texas City ISD were included. 

         For the 2008-2009 school year, Dr. Perez and the District requested and gained approval for the following areas to be served: Alvin ISD, Channelview ISD, Crosby ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Galena Park ISD, Galveston ISD, Goose Creek ISD, and Pearland ISD.

         In the 2013-2014 school year, pupils in the areas of nineteen ISDs may be served.

Increase in the Number of Grade Levels Started

         In the spring of 2005, Dr. Perez and the District requested and gained approval to begin enrolling pupils in grades seven and eight for the 2005-2006 school year.  Surrounding school districts and communities were notified of this extension of services.  Students and parents were notified that pupils in grade six would be considered Middle School students, as well as seventh and eight graders.

Increase in the Number of Campuses Owned by Bay Area Charter School, Inc.

         Dr. Perez joined Bay Area Charter School in February, 2003; four years after its incorporation (November, 1999).  There were two schools: Bay Area Charter Elementary School, enrolling pupils in grades Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 6, and Ed White Memorial High School, enrolling students from Grade 9 through Grade 12.

         In 2004, Dr. Perez and the District requested and gained approval for the addition of a Middle School to begin in 2004-2005.  The Middle School would serve pupils Grade 6, 7, and 8.  The Bay Area Middle School was temporarily located in the facilities of the 215 FM 517 East, Dickinson, Texas. 

         For the 2012-2013 school year, Dr. Perez led the District in purchasing a permanent facility for the Middle School at 102 East Walker Street, League City, Texas.

Increase in Student Enrollment

         Dr. Perez was successful in increasing the enrollment of the District during her tenure.  The total enrollment in 2001-2002 was 238 pupils.  The total enrollment in December, 2013, is 424 pupils.

Increase in the Number of Buildings Owned by Bay Area Charter School, Inc.

         A gymnasium was built at the Elementary School to improve the services offered to students and parents, in addition to the large space for physical education instruction and practice: an instructional classroom, restrooms, and large meeting/program spaces.

Increase in Participation in Community Activities by the Bay Area Charter School Superintendent

         Dr. Perez demonstrated great support and loyalty to area citizens.  The following list shows her involvement in area organizations.


President              - Education Plus, Inc. (1997-2003)

Consultant            - Perez Technologies, Inc. (2007-2008)

Member, Board     - Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre (2009-2013)
Chair, Board         - Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre (2012-2013)
Secretary              - Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre (2011-2012)

Member, Board President- Arts Alliance Center of Nasa Parkway (2010-2011)

Volunteer Art Educator   - Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake (2009)

                                    Created Imagination Station (2008-2011)

Charter Member/
Vice-President       - Bay Area-League City Optimist Club (2012-2013)

Charter Member    - Dickinson Optimist Club (2011-2013)

Member               - Rotary Club of Space Center (2013)
Committee
 Member              - Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (2013)

 

Awards Received

Award Recipient- Distinguished Alumni of the University of Houston-
                           Clear Lake (2007)

Award Recipient- Community Arts Service Award, The Arts Alliance
                           Center at Clear Lake (2002)