A loan of $7,425 helped to fund the relocation of a longtime K-8 school in Newark.


Everlyn's story

Everlyn started working at a Catholic private school called Queen of Angels Academy in 1977 as a teacher and later became principal in 1999. In June 2012, she decided to take it over when the diocese wanted to close the school, renaming it Affirmation Academy. Now, nearly 37 years later, Everlyn is managing the school of 70 students, grades K-8, with many of the same staff who started working with her at Queen of Angels.

Everlyn is a passionate educator. She received her Bachelor’s degree in urban education from Rutgers University and later her Master’s in administration and supervision from St. Peters University. After graduation, she decided to stay and work in her neighborhood of Newark, NJ.

Affirmation Academy, Everlyn describes, is challenging and academic-focused. The school utilizes an integrated literacy-based curriculum, and is unique in that it provides an inclusive, caring environment without excusing laziness. Classes are small, with fewer than 15 students in each. Students are encouraged to give back to their community as well.

Eventually, Everlyn would like to be able to reduce tuition costs for parents, and to become a charter school. Her vision is for Affirmation Academy to expand into a larger high school.

In August of this year, Everlyn started making moves toward this vision and transported the school to a new and better site in Newark. The funds from this loan will help with the expenses of relocation.



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