Meet our Executive Director

Dr. Sara Asmussen,  our Executive Director of New Dawn Charter Schools, is from the state of Idaho and is an avid cat-lover. She is passionate about education and equity for all students, and has dedicated her professional career to being a champion for our scholars, parents, families, faculty, and staff. Her responsibilities include day-to-day decision making, as delegated by the Board of Trustees, such as administration of policy, the execution of Board decisions, and for communication with the Board about the day-to-day operations of the schools.  

News and Announcements from Dr. Asmussen

November 2019 

Founding Executive Director, Dr. Sara Asmussen and Founding Principal, Dr. Lisa DiGaudio, will travel to San Diego, California this week to attend and present at the Alternative Accountability Policy Forum. This is an educational policy conference from SIA Tech and RASPA (Reaching at-Promise Students Association).

From AAPF, Dr. Asmussen will be addressing: "​Measuring outcomes of transfer schools, that primarily serve students who are over-aged and under-credited, using traditional outcome measures paints an incomplete picture of the academic and developmental impact that these schools have on at-risk students. Traditional evaluative measures also pose difficulty for the schools and their authorizers. These schools receive negative ratings for the graduation rates and high school exit exam participation, resulting in them being labeled “failing schools.” To tell the whole story, this session will feature measures and potential ideas for alternative accountability frameworks that accurately describe the progress of a transfer school’s educational program and will discuss and seek feedback regarding national initiatives such as the “A-GAME” (Advancing Great Authorizing & Modeling Excellence) grant, funded through U.S. D.O.E. C.S.P. dissemination funds, that are bringing authorizers from around the country together to develop exemplars for alternative accountability performance frameworks."

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Executive Director Letter - September 2018 

Executive Director Letter - Welcome Back - Spring 

Executive Director Letter - 2015

Executive Director Letter - Happy Holidays

Executive Director Letter - Welcome Back