About Us

Your partner in charter school quality, offering a broad range of resources and customized advice.

We work for your school

Operated by the nonprofit Building Hope, the CSU provides a variety of broadly useful resources and customized advice to charter leaders and governing boards, nationally and particularly with a focus on schools’ facility needs in Florida, Upstate New York, Texas, the District of Columbia and rural communities.

Our team stands ready to help.

Have an issue that would benefit from an outside perspective? CSU consultants are available to meet with school leaders and boards to work through your school’s particular challenges or to help you advance your mission in new ways.

Curtis Fuller

Curtis Fuller

Director of Charter School Operations, Florida

Curtis joined Building Hope in 2012 after operating a High Performing Charter School in Florida for seven years, and opening a second campus. Curtis established the Charter Support Unit in Florida and has been assisting charter schools statewide.

(727) 223-6391
cfuller@bhope.org

Shawn McCormack

Shawn McCormack

President, Southwest Region

Shawn joined Building Hope in 2018 and works to build locally based partnerships in education reform and to develop trusted relationships with high-performing charter schools.

(726) 888-6990 O
(617) 935-3406 M
smccormack@bhope.org

Trisha Leitem

Trisha Leitem

Assistant Director of Charter School Operations, Florida

Trisha joined Building Hope in 2019 with a background as an educator and school administrator. She enjoys assisting charter schools in moving toward their missions and visions. Trisha has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

(850) 848-4757
tleitem@bhope.org

Lisa Nyquist

Lisa Nyquist

Director of Charter School Operations, Texas

Lisa leads the Texas Charter Support Unit, providing technical and operational assistance to charter schools and building relationships and partnerships in the state.

(210) 686-5440
lnyquist@bhope.org

Our history and funding

The Charter Support Unit began as an objective of Florida’s 2011-16 Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant with the U.S. Department of Education. The grant proposed the implementation of a “Charter Support Unit” (CSU) for the purpose of providing short-term, intensive, and targeted support for start-up and new charter schools. The grant detailed that the CSU would be staffed by experienced educational professionals with expertise in curriculum, instruction, finance, governance, and leadership. The Florida Department of Education contracted with the nonprofit organization Building Hope to operate the CSU. Florida’s support continued on 2018 with a general appropriation to continue the work of the CSU, and was again included and expanded in Florida’s 2020-3025 federal Charter Schools Program grant as a significant component of the state’s technical assistance budget moving forward.

In 2018 the U.S. Department of Education awarded Building Hope a grant to expand the services of the Charter Support Unit to additional locations throughout the country. With the support from the U.S. Department of Education grant and a grant from the Walton Family Foundation, the CSU formally expanded to Texas in 2019.

The CSU provides support to charter schools in the first few years of operation, and our experts are available to conduct site assessments and provide recommendations for charter school improvement. The CSU’s resources and services are largely free to charter schools, but our more time-intensive services may entail a fee.

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rapid response

“We are happy to have the Charter Support Unit as a resource for sound information as we navigate the waters of charter school operation. The CSU team draws upon their experience as charter school leaders to provide a rapid response for complex situations. They are assets to the charter school community.”

– Joseph A. Gatti, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Gulf Coast Academy of Science & Technology (Spring Hill, FL)

FLORIDA

Curtis Fuller
cfuller@charter.support
(727) 286-3185 Office
(727) 286-3186 Fax

TEXAS

Lisa Nyquist
lnyquist@bhope.org
(210) 686-5440 Office

NATIONAL

Shawn McMormack
smccormack@bhope.org
(726) 888-6990 Office
(617) 935-3406 Mobile

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(888) 677-9250

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