Former California State Senator Gloria Romero is the Founder/Strategic Planner of the California Center for Parent Empowerment. She has been a dynamic advocate for education reform and civil rights.
Senator Romero (Ret.) was elected to the 24th Senate District in 2001, representing East Los Angeles and the greater San Gabriel Valley. She was elected to serve as Senate Democratic Caucus Chair and as Senate Majority Leader–the first woman to ever hold that leadership position in the history of the California State Senate. Prior to serving in the Senate, she held the post of Majority Whip in the California State Assembly from 1998-2000 and served on the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees from 1995-1998 and the Los Angeles Elected Charter Reform Commission in 1998.
Senator Romero served as Chair of the Senate Education Committee, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee on Education, and the Chair of Public Safety. She believes that education is the civil rights issue of our time. States Romero, “My mother had a sixth grade education; I have a PhD. I understand the transformational power of education and the key it holds to accessing the American Dream”.
Senator Romero led the way in championing California’s reform legislation in Race to the Top and was the author of the Parent Open Empowerment Act (popularly referred to as the Parent Trigger and Romero Open Enrollment Act law).
Senator Romero is the product of California’s public education system. She earned her PhD in Psychology at the University of California and has taught at every level of higher education. She remains a Full Professor at California State University, Los Angeles.
Mr. Watts created the concept for Scholarship Prep Charter School. Having obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Medicine (Kinesiology) from California State University, Fullerton, and previously receiving the Outstanding Artist award as a high school senior, Mr. Watts saw the importance of establishing “scholarship” pathways for students in both the arts and athletics. Combining forces with Senator Gloria Romero, together they were determined to provide a top-notch educational opportunity for underserved families utilizing the college scholarship concept.
Mr. Watts most recently founded CharterBoost, LLC, an organization dedicated to creating successful and sustainable educational systems. Prior, he served as a co-founder and educational director for multiple charter schools in Southern California.
Among his other leadership positions, Mr. Watts has served as principal at a top performing charter school, he has authored Public Charter Schools Grant Program applications which have garnered over $1 million, and has co-written multiple California Distinguished School Award applications.
Mr. Watts has also been a classroom teacher spanning kindergarten through eighth grade, Athletic Director, and G.A.T.E. Coordinator. He received his Masters Degree in Educational Administration and Clear Administrative Credential from National University.
Mr. Andrew Crowe is the Director of School Development for Scholarship Prep Charter Schools. As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Crowe works directly with Senator Romero and Mr. Watts to provide support to our principals and teachers in the areas of curriculum, instructional methodologies, assessment, teacher training and development, and data analysis.
Mr. Crowe has previously worked in multiple charter school organizations as a teacher, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Managing Director. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s degree in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Crowe is proud to call Southern California home after beginning his career at West Philadelphia High School and in Hawai`i. Mr. Crowe brings 12 years of public school experience to his current role, having worked in charter schools for the past nine. He is passionate about the mission and vision of Scholarship Prep and will help continue the successes of the organization in closing the achievement gap for all students by maintaining high scholarship standards, treasuring diversity, and working with parents as partners.