Educational Excellence, Community, Diversity

Founders

Rebecca George, Founder
Rebecca George began her career in education through Teach for America (TFA), the national corps of recent college graduates who commit at least two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and to become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity.  She taught elementary school in South Los Angeles for three years as a member of TFA. During that time, she served as Grade Level Chair, mentor teacher to beginning teachers, volunteer technology coordinator, and was a member of the Nell Soto Parent/Teacher involvement program. In 2005, she became a Founding Teacher at Larchmont Charter School.  In 2006, she founded her Executive Recruiting firm and specializes in recruiting for non-profits and schools.  As a consultant, she has successfully recruited and staffed senior leadership positions for non-profits as well as administrative staff and teachers for charter schools and the Los Angeles Unified School District.  She earned her teaching credential from UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, and her B.A. in Sociology from Oberlin College.

Dvora Inwood, Founder and Founding Educator
Dvora Inwood is the Founding Educator of six charter schools, including the highest performing charter network in Los Angeles, Larchmont Charter Schools. She is the original charter author and school designer for Larchmont Charter Schools, Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, Valley Charter Schools and Citizens of the World Charter School. She has advised charter school management organizations in improving and expanding their programs, created curriculum and courses that are used by The New Teacher Project in training new educators, and coached teachers in a variety of pedagogical methods and curriculum construction. Additionally, she taught mathematics at Harvard-Westlake School and the Archer School and has worked for fifteen years as a private college counselor and academic advisor to high school students across the country. She earned her Master’s in Education from Stanford University, focusing on curriculum construction and teacher education, and her B.A. from Harvard University.

Lindsay Sturman, Founder
Lindsay Sturman is the Founder of Larchmont Charter School, and a member of the founding team of Larchmont Charter, West Hollywood, Valley Charter and Valley Middle School, and has advised numerous other start-up charter schools. In addition she is a television writer/producer. She graduated from Harvard University and has an MFA from Columbia University Film School. She was the 2009 recipient of the Hart Vision Award for her volunteer work in the California Charter Movement.

Lisa Woods, Founder
Lisa Woods is a Speech and Language Pathologist who founded her own private practice in 2001.  She earned her Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Rush University-Rush Presbyterian
 St. Luke’s Medical Center, focusing on the neurological component of language. She also holds a teaching certificate. With her expertise in speech language pathology and a teaching certificate, she has dedicated the past 15 years to creating educational opportunities for all children.  In addition, Lisa has a background in community organizing and significant experience advocating for parents and teachers.  Lisa also serves as President of the Board at a local elementary school.