CANTON — The founding principal of Cherokee Charter Academy has been transferred to head the new Renaissance Charter School in Florida, and school leaders say they will miss her.
Vanessa Suarez led the county’s first charter school since it opened in August 2011, with 825 kindergarten through seventh-grade students.
The move was announced at an April 24 meeting of Cherokee Charter Academy’s local governing council.
In 2012, the Charter Schools Commission gave CCA permission to add a high school and granted the school a five-year charter.
Suarez began as an English teacher and assistant principal in Florida and came to Cherokee in 2007. Before becoming the principal at CCA, Suarez was an assistant principal at Woodstock High School.
CCA employees voiced their praise of Suarez in a news release Tuesday, including physical education coach Jonathan Serrano, music teacher Rachel Bloemer and fourth-grade teacher Tiffany Harris.
“What an awesome principal. I’m sure she had a million things to do,” Harris said in a press release. “She has such a kind heart and truly cares for us. The CCA family will definitely miss her.”
Suarez said in the release that the decision to move was bittersweet. “I will miss my CCA family dearly and am so proud of all of the hard work and dedication of the faculty and staff,” Suarez said.