From our Superintendent/CEO, Penny Nixon Ed.D.


Universal Family of Schools OUTSTANDING EDUCATORS


Jada Temple, Kindergarten Teacher, Universal Bluford Charter School

“Ms. Temple is a first-year teacher. When you walk into her classroom, there is already a sense of community. Scholars are respectful to staff and each other. Scholars are learning throughout the day. In addition, she uses her creative, artistic ability to make her classroom, the halls and the rooms of some of her colleagues beautiful places for scholars to learn.”

Felicia Evans, 1st Grade, Universal Creighton Charter School

“Mrs. Evans is going into her tenth year at Universal Creighton Charter School. She has always gone above and beyond to support her grade team, her classroom assistant, and her scholars. She has served as a model classroom for CLI, been grade team lead, and has coached other teachers during the summer. Her classroom environment is warm and inviting. The community feel is evident as soon as you walk in the room. Her students are engaging in rigorous content. She is passionate about her work and her data consistently reflects that. Thank you Mrs. Evans for your continued hard work!”

Davia Thompson, 2nd Grade Teacher, Universal Alcorn Charter School

“Ms. Davia Thompson is an incredible Second Grade Teacher who has worked extremely hard to support the scholars at Universal Alcorn Charter School. Ms. Thompson is a quiet person that has a loud academic effect on children. She is a professional that has the necessary tenacity to challenge and push students forward despite any adversity they may face. We are proud of all of her accomplishments and salute her on a job well done!”

Biankia Davis, 3rd Grade Teacher, Universal Daroff Charter School

“Ms. Davis embodies adaptability, empathy, and passion as an educator. She has adapted her best practices to concurrently meet the needs of virtual and in-person scholars while maintaining a welcoming classroom community for both. She shows empathy day in and day out as she works with scholars and families understanding that each has their own unique strengths and struggles. Most importantly she embodies passion with an evident love for teaching as she instills confidence in her scholars each day. Thank you, Ms. Davis!”

Malanie Rodgers, Reading Specialist, UICS

“Malanie Rodgers is one of our phenomenal Reading Specialists by day working with our Tier 3 scholars with the Wilson Reading Program during and after school. She is an integral part of our improved now over 80% reading proficiency of our 3rd graders. But by night, she is one of our PSSA School Assessment Coordinators (SAC) and leads our school wide Positive Behavior Initiative Supports (PBIS). During the most challenging times, she was able to execute the administration of PSSA testing of over 90% of our scholars while still having fun virtually with PBIS events like Mother's and Sons SONshine Paint event, Daddy and Daughter Yoga, Crazy Hat and Sock Days, etc. She meticulously oversees to perfection our biggest PBIS event, our Annual Daddy Daughter Dance that will be back again for the 2021-2022 School Year. Ms. Rodgers is of the "jack of many trades," and the UICS Community is so fortunate that she uses all of her trades right here!”

Latasha Norfleet, 9th Grade Math Teacher, Universal Audenried Charter High School

“Ms. Norfleet is a tireless math teacher who always puts students outcomes first. She is flexible in her teaching and consistently encourages scholars to struggle through complex math topics. She is a consistent display of excellence at Universal Audenried.”

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"Universal is a great place to work because it has strong leaders, a cohesive staff, community involvement, and ongoing support from management to curriculum. The support offered from the leaders at Universal has encouraged me as a teacher to move up to a leadership role. The leaders at Universal recognized my strengths and provided the positive feedback I needed to become a confident coach. This allowed me to pass along best practices to others and see fellow teachers in our company grow. I will always love working for a company that truly strives to see their scholars and staff grow and become the best possible educators and leaders they can be."

- Julia Harrison, Universal Daroff Literacy Coach