Mission, Vision & History

Mission, Vision & History

Mission

To ensure each student achieves lifelong academic success, bilingualism and appreciation for diversity, in an engaging and academically rigorous language immersion environment.

 

Vision

To create a better world through education, elimination of language barriers, and preparation of global leaders for the future.

 

History

Global Ambassadors Language Academy (GALA) was founded by Meran Rogers, a parent, educator, nonprofit administrator and community leader. In 2010, as an Executive Fellow of the Cleveland Leadership Center, Rogers began to lay the foundation for GALA by researching best practices, developing the initial plan, and garnering support in the community.

 

Rogers’ passion to open GALA is fueled by a combination of her experience growing up in a multilingual household with immigrant parents, attending Cleveland and East Cleveland public schools, teaching third grade at a language immersion school in Taiwan, several years working in Cleveland public schools during her time at City Year and as Director of the Cleveland Campaign for Grade Level Reading, serving as Director of Community Affairs at Global Cleveland, and receiving her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.

 

In 2012, the founding Board of Directors was formed. In December 2015, GALA submitted a charter school application (Academic, Operational and Financial Plan) for sponsorship to the Ohio Council for Community Schools (OCCS) and in May 2016 received Sponsorship to open in August 2016.