Welcome!

Welcome to the University Charter School

UCS Board of Directors

Opening Fall 2018

University Charter School will open in the Fall of 2018!

About University Charter School

Who We Are
University Charter School is a public charter school, opening in August 2018 serving grades Pre-K through 8, adding one grade per year until we become PK-12. It is located on the campus of the University of West Alabama, a rural institution of higher education dedicated to meeting the educational needs of West Alabama.
Our Mission
The vision of University Charter School is to become a collaborative rural model for producing adaptable learners that have a strong sense of place, mission, and rural identity who recognize the value of collaboration within a school, across a community, and between diverse rural regions. The mission of the University Charter School...
Our Core Values
University Charter School is guided by five core values: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and character education. Focus on the infusion of these values will foster a safe and supportive school environment for all students and provide a common foundation on which to build positive relationships throughout the school.

The UCS Difference

R³EACH

R³EACH

Rethinking and Renewing Rural Education, Achieving Collaborative Heights.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

UCS is a result of an innovation collaboration between UWA and the surrounding community.

COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS

COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS

Real life experiences will ensure students are college or career ready.

STREAM

STREAM

STREAM is an expansion of STEM. It is an acronym for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, the Arts and Math.

PROJECT-BASED EDUCATION (PBE)

PROJECT-BASED EDUCATION (PBE)

PBE immerses students in local heritage, culture, ecology, landscapes, opportunities, and experiences.

LEARNING IS PERSONALIZED

LEARNING IS PERSONALIZED

Personalized learning recognizes that every learner is unique and the learning pathway must be as well.

TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

Technology integration is the use of technology resources in daily classroom practices.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

Character development includes a broad range of educational approaches such as service learning and civic education.

DUAL ENROLLMENT

DUAL ENROLLMENT

UCS will promote post-secondary technical or academic dual enrollment beginning in the ninth grade.

Why UCS?

UCS is a necessary change for the town of Livingston that will offer innovative educational methods, improve diversity and afford our children with the best opportunity to succeed. –Kirby Patterson

Patterson Family

Patterson Family

Our family is excited about UCS because of the exceptional opportunities our boys will be presented in and out of the classroom.  We are excited to have a quality school with an entire community rallying behind the success of its students.  –Daniel and Courtney Vick, Jordy and Hudson

Vick Family

Vick Family

Our Board

Meet our board members

Mr. Micky Smith

Mr. Micky Smith

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, University of West Alabama
Director, ALFA Environmental Center
President and Member, Board of Directors – University Charter School, Inc.
Graduate, University of West Alabama – B.S. & M.Ed. in Mathematics

Mr. Smith, a long-time resident of Sumter County, has deep roots in Sumter County and broad involvement in the community. He is a former classroom teacher in the local school system, experienced in curriculum development, organizational leadership, and fund raising, and has held a number of wide-ranging community, regional and university leadership roles.  Mr. Smith has had extensive parental involvement in public and private schools in Sumter County for many years. He will contribute in numerous ways to the UCS’s governance, administration, instruction, performance management and community engagement.

Rev. Byron Franklin

Rev. Byron Franklin

Senior Pastor, Living Word Church, Livingston, Alabama
Vice President and Member, Board of Directors – University Charter School, Inc.
Graduate, Auburn University, B.S. in Education; Graduate of Leadership Alabama; Graduate of Leadership Development Development/Ministry Training Institute, Faith Chapel Christian Center; Licensed and ordained minister

Rev. Franklin has served 12 years on the Board of Trustees at Auburn University.  He is a former NFL wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks, and has wide-ranging experience in leadership development, marketing and public relations, and education and athletics at the middle & high school and university levels.  With his background, he will bring expertise to the areas of community and parental engagement, governance and leadership.

Ms. Veronica M. Triplett

Ms. Veronica M. Triplett

Director, Center for Business & Entrepreneurial Services and Adjunct Faculty, University of West Alabama
Secretary and Member, Board of Directors, University Charter School, Inc.
Graduate, University of West Alabama – B.S. in Business Administration; M.S. in Counseling and Psychology; M.B.A.

Ms. Triplett has extensive involvement in and is connected to a wide range of community and university functions and leadership roles.  She has expertise in economic, workforce and business development, community development, strategic planning, grant writing, and budget and financial development. As a member of charter school application team and the UCS Board of Directors she will contribute in numerous ways to the charter school in the areas of curriculum, instruction and engagement, financial management, and parental and community engagement.

Mr. Kyle B. Edmonds

Mr. Kyle B. Edmonds

Vice President & Partner, Mitchell Signs
Secretary and Member, Board of Directors, University Charter School, Inc.
Graduate, University of Alabama – Bachelor of Science in Commerce & Business Administration

Kyle was born and raised in Livingston where he resides with his wife Mary Grace and their two children Laine and Pierce.  He is Vice President and partner of Mitchell Sign Company in Meridian, MS.  He is active in many industry organizations including the International Sign Association (ISA) where he was recently selected as a member of the Elite Program and he is also the Chairman of the World Sign Associates (WSA).  Prior to his business career, Kyle earned his Bachelor of Science in Commerce & Business Administration degree from the University of Alabama after transferring from the University of West Alabama.  Kyle is accustomed to the fast, upbeat sign industry and is one-part executive, one-part entrepreneur, and two-parts perfectionists.  He is well connected in the community and very passionate about everything in which he is involved.

Dr. Robert E. Witt

Dr. Robert E. Witt

Professor & President Emeritus, University of Alabama
Member, Board of Directors, University Charter School, Inc.
Graduate, Bates College – B.A. in economics; graduate, Dartmouth College – M.B.A.; and graduate, Penn State University – Ph.D. in business administration.

Dr. Witt demonstrates extensive leadership experience in higher education, academic development, finance, marketing, fund development, economic development, and in a wide array of professional, academic and community board leadership roles.  He served as President of the University of Alabama from 2003 – 2012; and as Chancellor of the University of Alabama System from 2012 – 2016.   An exceptional statewide leader, he will contribute in numerous ways to leadership, administration, governance, fund development and marketing and public relations.

Mr. Anthony Crear

Mr. Anthony Crear

County Engineer, Sumter County, AL
Member, Board of Directors, University Charter School, Inc.
Graduate, University of Alabama – B.S. in civil engineering.

Mr. Crear, a Sumter County native, is deeply rooted in the community, and he is involved in a variety of civic, educational and professional activities in the region. He has expertise in planning and development, multi-million-dollar budget management, county government, and project management.  As a parent and public servant, he will contribute to parental and community engagement, budget management, and overall management of UCS.

Ms. Leslie Prystup Emory

Ms. Leslie Prystup Emory

Chief Executive Officer, Prystup Packaging Products, Inc., Livingston, Alabama
Member, Board of Directors, University Charter School, Inc.
Graduate, University of West Alabama – B. S. in Physical Education & Health

Ms. Prystup leads a major industry in the community and region and has extensive experience in management, business development, accounting and finance, human resources, and manufacturing operations. In addition, she is involved in workforce development, community and civic and community endeavors. With her successful background, she will be a valuable asset in the areas of administration and governance, budget and finance management, performance management, and community engagement.

Dr. Jan Miller

Dr. Jan Miller

Dean, UWA College of Education
Ex Officio Member, Board of Directors, University Charter School, Inc.
Graduate, UWA (then Livingston University), B.S. and M.Ed. in Elementary Education, Mississippi State University, Ed.S. in Elementary Education; NOVA Southeastern University, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

Dr. Miller serves as Dean and as an online professor and teaches instructional leadership courses. Dr. Miller has worked at UWA for nine years and has served in a variety of roles within the institution. She has been an assistant professor, served as the Chair for Instructional Leadership and Support department, and served as the Dean for Online Programs. Most recently, Dr. Miller and the COE Leadership Team underwent a successful NCATE site visit and were recently awarded a $3 million Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant. Grant funds will be utilized to strengthen the partnership with two local school districts. Prior to working at UWA, Dr. Miller worked as a principal and a teacher in Mississippi. She has seven years of teaching experience and fifteen years of experience as a school principal.  She successfully transformed two underperforming schools into high performing schools in Mississippi.  Dr. Miller has provided numerous professional development trainings to teachers and leaders within the region.

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