Superintendent of Schools

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Upcoming Events

Jul
25
Thu
1:00 pm Virtual Information Session
Virtual Information Session
Jul 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Virtual Information Session
Join Janae Smith, high school coordinator, on Thursday, July 25th at 1 PM for a Virtual Information Session about CCS. Attendees will learn about the CCS academic program choices, engagement,...
Aug
6
Tue
1:00 pm Virtual Information Session
Virtual Information Session
Aug 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Virtual Information Session
Join Lindsey Chalco-Paz, Educational Facilitator on Tuesday, August 6th at 1 PM for a Virtual Information Session about CCS. Attendees will learn about the CCS academic program choices, engagement, and...
Aug
15
Thu
4:00 pm Virtual Information Session
Virtual Information Session
Aug 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Virtual Information Session
Join Danielle DelNegro, Marketing Specialist, on Thursday, August 15th at 4 PM for a Virtual Information Session about CCS. Attendees will learn about the CCS academic program choices, engagement, and...
Sep
3
Tue
1:00 pm Virtual Information Session
Virtual Information Session
Sep 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Virtual Information Session
Join Karle Roberts, Educational Facilitator on Tuesday, September 3rd at 1 PM for a Virtual Information Session about CCS. Attendees will learn about the CCS academic program choices, engagement, and...
Sep
19
Thu
4:00 pm Virtual Information Session
Virtual Information Session
Sep 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Virtual Information Session
Join Janae Smith, high school coordinator, on Tuesday, September 19th at 4 PM for a Virtual Information Session about CCS. Attendees will learn about the CCS academic program choices, engagement,...
Sep
23
Mon
6:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting
Board of Directors Meeting
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Board of Directors will host a regular meeting, starting at 6 pm, virtually. Meeting materials will be available in our BoardOnTrack portal (http://bit.ly/2eWFzQ) at least 72 hours prior to...
Oct
10
Thu
1:00 pm Virtual Information Session
Virtual Information Session
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Virtual Information Session
Join Kelli McCaulley, Educational Facilitator, on Thursday, October 10th at 1 PM for a Virtual Information Session about CCS. Attendees will learn about the CCS academic program choices, engagement, and...
Oct
22
Tue
4:00 pm Virtual Information Session
Virtual Information Session
Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Virtual Information Session
Join Compass staff on Tuesday, October 22nd at 4 PM for a Virtual Information Session about CCS. Attendees will learn about the CCS academic program choices, engagement, and the amazing...

Welcome to Compass!

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the Superintendent & CEO for Compass Charter Schools! We are an exclusively virtual, nonclassroom-based independent study personalized learning public charter school. What does that mean? It means we work tirelessly to support our scholars through our mission to “inspire and develop innovative, creative, self-directed learners, one scholar at a time.”

I am proud of our amazing team, who day in and day out put our scholars first. We believe in our Compass Experience, and in being a Compass to our scholars as they embark on their educational journey.

I hope to meet our scholars and families on a field trip, at a Coffee with Compass, in a virtual Parent Town Hall, and through our various other activities and events. If you have any questions on our Compass Experience, please ask! Thank you for visiting our site, and learning more about the positive impacts our team has on the scholars who chose to enroll at one of our Compass Charter Schools throughout the State of California!

About Me

I have been the proud Superintendent & CEO for Compass Charter Schools (CCS) since October 2015. I was named the CEO by the Board of Directors at their regular meeting in January 2016. Previously I had the honor of serving as Interim CEO while working as the Manager, Major Giving for Detroit Public TV and WRCJ 90.9 FM.

I hold a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University in History and Political Science. I also have a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University and am a Certified Fundraising Executive. I am currently working on my Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California.

I am a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. I serve on the Association of Personalized Learning Schools & Services Advisory Committee, Digital Learning Collaborative, Digital Learning Annual Conference Advisory Board, El Dorado County Charter SELPA CEO Executive and Selection Committees, and The Charter Schools Resource Journal Editorial Board. I also serve on the Central Michigan University National Alumni Association Board of Directors, am the President of the Central Michigan University Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center Alumni Board of Directors, and am the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity West Coast Domain Director. I previously served on the City of Howell Economic Development Council and George Mason University Department of Global and Community Health Advisory Committee.

I live in Simi Valley with my three (3) cats: Armoni, Cali and Franny, and three (3) dogs Arya, Diego and Tiberius.

J.J. Lewis | M.Ed., CBO, CFRE
Pronouns: He / Him / His
Superintendent & CEO

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