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FOUNDING SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM

Natalie Morosi, Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Natalie Morosi has spent her career as a teacher and school leader in bilingual educational settings, first as a classroom teacher for nine years in a traditional public school in Nashville, and later as the founding Lower School Director of a small independent American school in Madrid. Natalie holds a BS from Furman University in Psychology and Spanish, an MAT from Belmont University, and an Ed.D from Vanderbilt University in K-12 Education Leadership and Policy. Natalie’s graduate and professional work have focused on the academic, social, and cultural benefits of bilingual education, as well as drivers of school choice within educational systems. Natalie's two children are future Aventura students!

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Katie Castellon, Lower School Co-Director

Katie Castellon joins Aventura with over a decade of international volunteering and educational experience. She holds a BA in Sociology and International Peace Studies, and an MEd from George Mason University. Katie spent five years in Cochabamba, Bolivia volunteering at a local orphanage and teaching at the American International School of Bolivia and was a founding member of Valor Voyager Academy here in Nashville. Katie has always advocated for the importance of educating the whole child and a commitment to education as a tool for social justice. Katie is passionate about the unique educational model of ACS and building a school she will be excited to send her own children to!

Diana Aguilar, Director of Family Engagement and Operations

Diana Aguilar has had the honor of working with Nashville families for more than a decade. She taught elementary grades and served as a parent outreach translator for MNPS. Diana moved from South America to complete her higher education at Lipscomb University and holda a BA in Spanish with English and Education minors and an MEd in Instructional Practice. Diana is passionate about bilingual education not only because it provides advantages at a personal and professional level, but it also helps build meaningful relationships. As a mother of two, she is excited about Aventura's unique approach to purposeful academics and its emphasis on global competence. Diana is thrilled that students and families will get to come together to form part of this amazing community where everyone feels welcome and can support one another.

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STAFF PROFILES COMING SOON!!

JOIN OUR FOUNDING TEAM

Aventura Community School will open in the 2022-2023 school year with grades K-1. Our Founding Team will bring our new school model to life, a unique opportunity and inspiring challenge to together enact change in our community. We welcome applications from dedicated individuals who are as passionate as we are about inclusive, bilingual, purposeful education. 

A list of available positions can be found below and visual job descriptions follow. If you would like to apply, the first step is to email kcastellon@aventuranashville.org with your cover letter and resume. We can't wait to meet you!

  • K and First Grade Classroom Teachers - Classroom teachers will work on co-teaching teams with two teachers per class. There is a residency opportunity for educators who have not yet obtained their teaching license.

  • Physical Education Teacher

**Classroom Teacher candidates must demonstrate proficiency in English and Spanish. An EL certification is preferred but not required. Teachers with a Special Education certification and bilingual proficiency are invited to apply to join our classroom co-teaching teams as we ensure we meet the needs of all learners.

FOUNDING BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alex L. Lorenz, Board Treasurer

Alex grew up and lived in Cordoba, Argentina until he moved to the US in 2004 to start his accounting career. He holds degrees in Accounting and Business Administration and worked for Deloitte and Touche as a Certified Public Accountant. His years of experience as a financial auditor of multinational companies give him the competence, knowledge, and experience needed to provide professional, high-quality accounting and consulting services.

Jessie Garcia Knowles, Board Chair

Jessie is the executive director of the Tennessee Latin American Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as an assistant dean of students at Lipscomb University and as director of Latino Achievers with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. Garcia Knowles has served on boards and committees of several civic institutions, including TLACC, the Nashville Public Library and Metro Nashville Public Schools. She is fully bilingual, and enjoys building community engagement around effective storytelling and authentic relationships.

Karla Vázquez Moreno, Board Secretary

Karla is a native Spanish speaker from Mexico City. As the Donor Organizing Officer for the Youth Engagement Fund she implements strategy and infrastructure for resource building and organizational sustainability. Karla served as the Senior Manager of Institutional Giving for the United We Dream Network, where she managed the grants portfolio of more than 60 funder relationships, confirming over $30M for the immigrant rights movement. She has worked in a consulting capacity for grant writing, management, & institutional stewardship.

Lindsey Harris, Board Vice-Chair

Lindsey is a Nashville native with degrees in Spanish Teaching and Nonprofit Leadership. She led the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) as Project Manager helping to build the fundraising and development program. Later, as Operations Director, she strengthened TIRRC’s organizational capacity and developed strategies for long-term sustainability. In 2014, she was named TIRRC’s Co-Executive Director, a title she held for six years, before leaving TIRRC in 2020 to start her own nonprofit consulting practice. 

 

Stuart Burkhalter, Board Member

Stuart practices complex commercial litigation. He has experience in both state and federal court, as well as private arbitration, on matters including commercial contract disputes, employment and non-compete issues, residential and commercial real estate disputes, parent-company liability matters, and intellectual property litigation. He frequently represents providers in managed care disputes and other litigation. The Tennessee Bar Association awarded him the 2018 Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing.

Todd Dickson, Board Member

Todd is founder and chief executive officer of Valor Collegiate Academies. Since its inception, Valor has been the top performing academic charter network in Tennessee. Valor has also developed a nationally recognized comprehensive human development approach, Compass, which is a key driver of the organization’s success. Before starting Valor, Todd spent 12 years at Summit Public Schools in the Bay Area of California. Under his leadership, Summit was named one of the “Top 10 Transformational Schools” in the country by Newsweek.

Veronica Uribe, Board Member
Veronica Uribe was born and raised in Mexico City and received a full tennis scholarship to study a Bachelor’s in Finance at Tennessee Technological University. Veronica completed her undergraduate degree and began studying her MBA as her Finance career took off.  Her work experience has given her a broad knowledge of finance, accounts receivable, corporate business, consulting, banking, outreach, marketing, language and interpreting, as well as teaching. She is currently the Relationship Manager at Bank of America and has been active in the Nashville community throughout the years in volunteer and community outreach roles.

BOARD MEETINGS

 

The Aventura Board of Directors holds monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held at 8PM on Zoom. Scheduled 2022 meeting dates:

February 16

April 20

May 18

June 15

If you wish to attend a meeting please contact info@aventuranashville.org to confirm the meeting time, location, and agenda.

Past Meeting Agendas/ Minutes

January 19, 2022

December 15, 2021

November 17, 2021

October 20, 2021

September 18, 2021

June 10, 2021

NUTRITION SERVICES RFP

Aventura Community Charter is accepting proposals for the food service management of the NSLP and SBP to begin 7/1/2022. Proposals are due 4/26/22 to 2529 Fairfax Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212 by 10:00am. Pre-bid meeting will be held on 4/7/22 at 10:00am 3010 Tuggle Ave, Nashville, TN 37211 or virtually by request. Contact clare@sfwgroup.org for a copy of the RFP and to RSVP to pre-bid.

GOVERNANCE DOCUMENTS

 

By-Laws

Aventura Community Schools Charter Application

MNPS-Aventura Charter Agreement

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS

FY 2022 Budget