“We’re excited to welcome Maureen Israel as our new Superintendent and a visionary leader for our BCS community,” said BCS Board Chair Joe Hurd. “BCS families, teachers, and Board members all came together to find an innovator who knows how to transform schools and learning. Maureen will guide us in building on our strong foundations, and setting the course for our future.”
“BCS is an incredible school in the center of a community that is known around the world for exploring and breaking barriers,” said Ms. Israel. “I’m drawn by the energy of BCS parents and teachers, and I know we will continue to challenge ourselves, and inspire our students and our school to reach even greater heights.”
Israel has deep and meaningful experience as a teacher, principal, innovator and school director, including more than a dozen years with YES Prep Public Schools in Houston. She holds a Master’s in International Education Policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame.
The BCS Board of Directors approved Israel by a unanimous 9-0 vote. She was the first choice after the Board reviewed dozens of candidates during an extensive process that involved the BCS Search Committee, parent volunteers from the Bullis Booster Club and the BCS Foundation, and many BCS parents and teachers.
Based in Los Altos, Bullis Charter School is a public school founded in 2003, with a charter authorized by the Santa Clara County Office of Education. BCS offers a collaborative, experiential learning environment that emphasizes individual student growth, educational innovation, and a global perspective. BCS has earned numerous awards and has been recognized as a California Distinguished School, a National Blue Ribbon School, and a California Gold Ribbon School.
YES Prep Public Schools is a network of public charter schools in Houston, Texas, founded in 1995 as Project YES (Youth Engaged in Service.) YES Prep Public Schools exists to increase the number of low-income Houstonians who graduate from a four-year college prepared to compete in the global marketplace and committed to improving disadvantaged communities.