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Lisa Fantasia

Dear Parents and Community Members:

It has been my privilege to serve EAGLE College Prep schools in Arizona, a network of four college-preparatory schools in the Phoenix Metro area, since 2014. EAGLE is an acronym for Expecting Academic Greatness with a Loving Emphasis and for us that means our scholars mean more to us than just their academic scores. Each child has great worth and potential as a human being.

The mission of EAGLE College Prep is to work together with students, teachers, parents, and the community toward the pursuit of academic greatness and positive character development in a safe and supportive learning environment.  It is our common purpose to provide every child a full and lasting education to reach their fullest potential. We do this with a focus on intentional programming that is internally driven vs. externally motivated and designed to last beyond the classroom walls. We are blessed to be the educational home to 1500 scholars enrolled in our four K-8 schools.

At EAGLE, we meet children where they are and help them reach their full potential. We use multiple assessments to help teachers identify their scholars’ learning growth over time, so progress can be celebrated or instruction adjusted. Our dedicated K-8 teachers are growing scholars faster in reading and math than the national school average. In addition, our scholars demonstrate develop lasting character through a commitment to servant leadership. By combining rigorous academics with a character formation journey for scholars and their teachers, EAGLE cultivates a strong sense of personal identity, purpose, and action.  Each day, EAGLE scholars learn to form the internally motivated character necessary for making good decisions both inside and outside the classroom.

At EAGLE, our scholars benefit from our network of experienced educators who share best practices and learn from one another regularly. We provide a career path full of opportunities, enabling our staff to reach their full potential while helping scholars reach theirs. As Executive Director, my focus is to coordinate with leadership to develop a regional vision, instructional philosophy, goals, and objectives. Using collaborative processes and problem-solving techniques, I facilitate the implementation of action plans to meet our goals across all campuses. My focus is creating opportunities for school leaders across school sites to collaborate and learn from one another and supports the development of school leaders as reflective practitioners. I regularly confers with, counsels, and advises leadership and instructional personnel concerning instructional methods, best practice techniques, and special programming, in compliance with state and federal guidelines.

I have always been passionate about education and literacy and focused on utilizing best practices to inspire students to be problem solvers. I attended the University of Arizona were I majored in Molecular and Cellular Biology. After an early experience working with students with emotional and behavioral disorders, I quickly returned to school to complete a M.ED. in Special Education at Grand Canyon University. I have dedicated my career to working with students that have learning differences. I have spent over 15 years working with students from kindergarten to high school in self-contained settings, alternative schools, private day placements, Title One schools, and with ELL learners.

It is a honor to be part of the EAGLE family, where a strong and loving culture, data driven academics, and a focus on lasting character guides every decision. It takes more than our teachers, support staff, and administrators to accomplish this; we need you as a partner for our schools to reach our shared goal of excellence for our students and community.

I look forward to working with you, our parents and community in the coming year, and if I can be of any assistance, please contact me at lisa.fantasia@openskyeducation.org.

Lisa Fantasia
Executive Director
EAGLE College Prep schools in Arizona