My name is Brittany Kleinow. I’m a mom, teacher, public school administrator and proud Goodyear resident.
When Legacy Traditional Schools opens its 15th Arizona campus in Goodyear this fall, I’ll be there to welcome families as its inaugural principal.
I’ve worked in public education for the past decade. My career has taken me to classrooms and communities across the West Valley. I taught fourth grade in Dysart Unified School District and, later, with Legacy Traditional School in Laveen. When Legacy broke ground on a new Surprise campus in 2015, I was one of the first employees brought over to help open the school. Before I knew it, I was serving as an assistant principal for one of the top public charter schools in Arizona.
There’s something special about being with a school from its beginning. For me, the most rewarding part is knowing we’re providing families with yet another high-quality, tuition-free educational option. It’s about making a lifelong difference in the lives of families and students. That’s the power of a great school.
Now I have the honor and privilege of helping to bring Legacy Traditional Schools to my own home — Goodyear.
Legacy is more than a school. It’s a family and a community. Parents are active participants in their children’s education and are part of what makes our schools strong. Teachers and administrators support students inside and outside the classroom. We place a strong emphasis on academics, our curriculum is rigorous and accelerated, and year after year our schools are among the top performers in the state. But our schools also have outstanding athletics, performing arts and intramural programs.
Our goal is to build well-rounded, lifelong learners who love their country and give back to their community.
As schools across the country celebrated National Charter Schools Week May 12 through May 18, I couldn’t help but reflect on how far we’ve come in Arizona over the last 25 years, and how proud I am to be a part of this robust sector of excellent schools. More than 200,000 Arizona students have found a home at one of over 550 public charter schools across our state. This is what educational freedom and opportunity look like.
As an educator, Legacy has been the school that’s right for me and my family. My husband is a junior high math teacher at Legacy-Surprise, and my daughter will attend the new Goodyear campus in the fall. I’m thrilled that she and so many children in our community will finally have the chance to benefit from a Legacy education right here in our very own neighborhood.
Check us out at goodyear.legacytraditional.org. We’re accepting enrollment applications now.
I hope to see you in the fall and — go Bulldogs!
Brittany Kleinow is the principal of Legacy Traditional School-Goodyear.