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.

Dr. Natasha Satcher

Dr. Natasha Satcher

Associate Professor, The University of West Alabama, Livingston, Alabama
Member, Board of Directors – University Charter School, Inc.
Graduate, Dillard University, B.A. in Health and Physical Education, University of Southern Mississippi, Ph.D. in Human Performance: Administration and Teaching

Dr. Natasha Satcher is an Associate Professor at the University of West Alabama. She received  BA degree in health and physical education at Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. After graduating Magna Cum Laud in Health and Physical Education, she took a position as an  Assistant for the  Women’ s  Basketball program  at Jones  County Junior College.  Three years later, she took a teaching and head coaching position at Raymond High School, located in Raymond, MS. During this time, she also worked on her doctoral degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. In August of 2006 she obtained her Ph.D. in Hum an Performance: Administration and Teaching and begin working at the University of West Alabama (UWA).

Over the past twelve years, Dr. Satcher has taught a variety of courses in which she brings knowledge of the subject area, high in tensity and energy. She creates a safe and enjoyable learning environment that promotes training, teamwork and life skills. She is one that creates experiences and hope students produce their own learning through attention, comprehension, and effort. She also serves on several committees. Some of those committees include: Graduate Academic Council, University Academic Council, College of Education Academic Council, Faculty Senate, Education Council Committee, SACS Undergraduate Programs Subcommittee , NCATE leadership team, COE Assessment Committee, University promotion and tenure committee. She also serves as one of the faces for UWA online programs.

As an educator, Dr. Satcher encourages students to seek help and support. She has advised and created graduation plans for several students. For her commitment and dedication to students, she was honored as one of the Southern Region Educational Board (SREB) Faculty Mentor of the Year at the Compact for Faculty Diversity in Tampa, Florida. She has also been named and honored as the recipient of the 2018 University of West Alabama Trustee Professor Award.

In 2014, Dr. Satcher formed the Physical Education Advisory Council for the University of West Alabama. This group of volunteers (principals, P-12  teachers, graduate  and undergraduate  students, and faculty members) provides insight on the development, implementation, evaluation, and  revisions of the physical education program. She also presented information at the 2016 national SHAPE America convention to share with others how she developed the advisory  council. She also served four  years on the Alabama State Association for Health,  Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ASAHPERD) state board as Recreation and Physical Activity Council Chairs. Her role  included: planning council sessions for the Fall and Spring Conferences, submitting reports, conducting the annual business meeting and elections during the Fall Conference. As a result of her contribution to the state organization, she was named the 2016-2017 ASAHPERD Ethnicity Minority Award winner.

She has modeled leadership and supported positive growth throughout West Alabama and East Mississippi through creative activity and public service. She submitted a proposal to help support the National Youth Sports  Program. As a result, the project received $20,000. She also coordinated portions of the UWA Outreach and Partnership Project through a grant received from the U.S. Department of Justice worth $493,614.

Natasha Satcher provided and coordinated several programs and workshops for Sumter County School District. She helped promote the Books-A-Million Reading Celebration and sponsored a classroom, which helped raise funds so that all students attending Kinterbish Jr. High  School could purchase books to help build a collection of reading materials in their home.

Dr. Satcher has provided learning opportunities for students within and beyond the classroom environment. As Activity Director for the National  Youth Sports  Program, she was responsible for planning, organizing, staffing, and running the day-to-day operations. The program stressed sports instruction to 250 youths, ages 10-16. Free instruction on nutrition, personal health, career opportunities, alcohol and other drug abuse were  provided.

Service  is a trademark of Dr. Satcher’ s structure. She has worked  with partnership schools, churches, and community agencies to help build a better community and as a result of her efforts, she was named the 2017 Nellie Rose McCrory Service Excellence Award.

Natasha is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. D.S. and Dorothy Satcher. She has two brothers (George and Aaron) and one niece, Ms. Isabella Satcher. She is also a member of Living Word Church located in Livingston, where she serves as Life Team Coordinator. In her free time, she enjoys the great outdoors and sports and spending time with family and friends.

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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