September 03, 2014 13:24 Age: 3 yrs

Meet our “Team & Family”: Florisca Carter

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For Florisca, being the director of school operations at AF Bridgeport Academy Elementary doesn’t mean managing from behind a desk—it means having a hand in every non-instructional decision and investing in the culture of the school with her whole heart. She wouldn’t have it any other way. As director of school operations, Florisca is a focal point of the school’s Team & Family. She communicates with and supports everyone from custodians and kitchen staff to teachers and the principal. Her role in overseeing the school’s efficiency—managing aspects including transportation, books, meals and cleaning—is critical to the overall welcoming feeling students get when they enter the building.

Florisca’s work in the central operations role at Achievement First Bridgeport Academy Elementary—a job she feels she was meant to have—came after a unique journey. When she arrived in the United States from her native Dominica at 21 years old, she was a successful singer who planned to earn a degree in performance studies and music education so that she could return home to teach. As she studied music, she also launched a business career, working for health and financial companies. She missed her true passion—working with young people—and left her corporate job for roles in youth enrichment. Eventually, she became youth coordinator for The Partnership for Kids, helping young people with mental disabilities reach their potential. She joined Achievement First as the founding director of school operations at Achievement First Bridgeport Academy Middle, eventually transitioning to the same role at the elementary school.

Read more about Florisca and his work at Achievement First on our AF Operations Profile page

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