Leadership Team

A message from the Leadership Team


Dear Darnall Families,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Darnall Charter School! 

As we plan for a beginning like no other we have seen in the past, our focus will still be to ensure that: 

  • every child, every day is finding a way to feel connected,
  • every child, every day is being challenged by new learnings and experiences,
  • and every child, every day knows they have teacher, staff, and  counselor they can turn to for support. 

Spring of 2020 has challenged staff and students to find a new normal for learning. After several months, staff and teachers have worked together to provide an effective learning environment for all students during distance learning in the 2020 - 2021 academic year.

Safe at School - Reopening Plan Information

Reopening school when there is no vaccine to prevent the spread of COVID-19 creates significant challenges for mitigating risk. The DCS number one goal is to ensure that staff and students are as safe as possible and practicable. 

Given this new information, our aim is to avoid further uncertainty for our families, staff, and students during these unfortunate times: to maintain stability and continuity-of-learning for our students, Darnall Charter School will begin the 2020 - 2021 Academic School Year on Monday, August 31, 2020 and will remain fully virtual through the December break. If the circumstances change and it is safe to bring students on campus, students with special education services and English language learners will be allowed on to campus for specific services. 


Fall 2020

August 31, 2020 will be the first day of school in Distance Learning. During our initial remote learning, synchronous instruction and learning will take place for all students from Monday to Friday. Students are required to log into their assigned courses in Google Classroom or another similar platform and actively engage with their teachers through live video instruction and discussion. Teachers will provide students with a schedule of required synchronous and asynchronous instructional lessons for the entire week including Art, Music, and Physical Education in TK-6th. The Middle School students will have three periods a day with office hours and small group instruction. 


We look forward to working very closely with all of our students in thinking critically, solving real-world problems during this global crisis. We continue to offer our students a well balanced academic program during Distance Learning. 


As a school, it is important to give parents information regarding special events, meetings, and workshops virtually.  All of this important information can be accessed via our website at darnallcharter.org and through Class Dojo. 


In closing, We promise that all of us at Darnall Charter School will do everything in our power to make our year of learning together valuable. On behalf of the entire staff, we look forward to supporting our students in their learning and making the educational journey a success. Together we can accomplish this!



The DCS Leadership Team

Angie Fisher, Dr. Consuelo Manriquez, and Tim Simmons


Frequently Asked Questions


Who is on the Leadership Team and what are their primary responsibilities?

Consuelo Manriquez - Instruction, Communications and Operations

Angie Fisher - Programs and Assessment

Tim Simmons - Finance and Technology



Who is the primary contact for questions, complaints or concerns?

Consuelo Manriquez is the primary contact for parents.


Is there a Principal or Director?

No, the Leadership Team shares responsibility for all administrative duties required to run the school.


What is a Leadership Team?

The team members share responsibilities and work together to ensure that the school maintains its focus on student achievement.  This administrative model is based on the principles of distributed leadership.


Why does Darnall have a Leadership Team?

Our charter recognizes the value of collaboration for all members of the school community. The leadership team approach to decision making ensures thoughtful consideration of all possibilities and strategic alignment of resources.


More information:

Building a New Structure for School Leadership - Elmore.pdf

Distributed Leadership Basics.pdf





Preguntas Hechas Frecuentemente


¿Quién está en el Equipo de Liderazgo y cuáles son sus principales responsabilidades?

Consuelo Manriquez - Comunicaciones y  Operaciones

Angie Fisher - Programas y Evaluaciones

Tim Simmons - Tecnología y Finanzas


¿Quién es el contacto principal para preguntas, quejas o preocupaciones?

Consuelo Manriquez es el primer contacto para los padres de familia.


¿Hay un Director?

No, el Equipo de Liderazgo comparte la responsabilidad de todas las funciones administrativas necesarias para organizar la escuela.


¿Qué es un Equipo de Liderazgo?

Los miembros del equipo comparten responsabilidades y trabajan juntos para asegurarse que la escuela se mantenga enfocada en el logro académico de los alumnos. Este modelo administrativo se basa en los principios de liderazgo distribuido.


¿Por qué Darnall tiene un Equipo de Liderazgo?

Nuestro charter reconoce el valor de la colaboración para todos los miembros de la comunidad escolar.  El método del equipo de liderazgo al tomar una decisión asegura que se haga con una atenta consideración de todas las posibilidades y alineamiento estratégico de los recursos.