Staff

Lynn Norman-Teck,

Executive Director

Lynn@flcharteralliance.org

Lynn Norman-Teck is the Executive Director for the Florida Charter School Alliance. A charter school parent of two, Lynn had worked for over a decade with charter schools in Florida prior to joining the Alliance — assisting schools with crisis management and marketing initiatives. She served as Press Secretary for the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office (2001-2004), and as Media Relations Manager for Miami-Dade County government.

Ralph Arza,

Director of Government Relations

Ralph@flcharteralliance.org

Ralph Arza taught Social Studies at Miami Senior High School for 18 years. He was elected to the State Legislature in 2000, and reelected several times – serving until 2006. During his tenure as State Representative, he served as the Chair of Education K-12 committee, and served as Governor Bush’s “go to person” in education. Throughout that time, he also worked closely with then speaker of the Florida House, Marco Rubio. Mr. Arza handles district/authorizer outreach, and local and state government relations for Florida Charter School Alliance. Today, Ralph lives in West Palm Beach, Florida with Eris, his wife of 29 years, and their five children. Ralph is an active member of his church where he is a co-founder of the parish men’s group. When not involved in family or church activities, Ralph devotes his time to his business interests, which include Political Campaign Consulting, Educational Marketing Strategies, Business Development, and Public Speaking.

Leicha SanMiguel,

Director of Member Services

Leicha@flcharteralliance.org

Leicha SanMiguel joined the Florida Charter School Alliance Team as our Membership Services Director. She brings 32 years of experience, which include years spent teaching in middle school science and english language arts. During her years in elementary school she taught 6th, 5th, 4th and 1st grades. She served as a building level principal for several years and received recognition from the State of North Carolina for improving struggling schools. She was selected as one of three principals in the state of North Carolina to be featured in the 2009 UNC-TV/PBS documentary The Principal Story. The series highlighted the exemplary leadership of administrators and examined how principals create successful learning communities in their school environments and foster high student achievement. Selected by peers out of a pool of approximately 25 principals, she received recognition as the 2005 Burke County Principal of the Year and is a long time member of various educational organizations – which support best practice instruction and leadership. Most recently, she served as Director for Professional Development, New Principal Support and New Teacher Support for Burke County Schools, North Carolina. She is looking forward to using her knowledge to advance the work of FCSA because she believes that all children deserve a high quality education.

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