Dr. Jacqueline Elliot has been dedicated to public school reform since 1986 when she first became a teacher in Pacoima, California. Dr. Elliot helped convert Montague Elementary School to charter status in 1996 and began collaborating with Dr. Ref Rodriguez in 1998 while founding the first start up charter school in the San Fernando Valley; Community Charter Middle School (1999). Together, Dr. Elliot and Dr. Rodriguez have collaborated and supported each other’s efforts while co-founding and operating Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC), which now has a total of 13 high achieving charter schools located in the NE San Fernando Valley and NE Los Angeles. Jacqueline Elliot currently serves as Regional Representative on the CCSA Member Council, is on the CCSA Board and is the 2013 Hart Vision Charter School Leader of the Year.
Dr. Elliot received the Legacy Award at the 20th Annual Charter Schools Conference. The Legacy Awards were created to celebrate those outstanding charter school supporters, funders, operators and elected officials who have been stewards of the movement over the last 20 years. Each Legacy Award winner represents the hope and dedication of two generations of California Charter School students.