Active in the charter school movement since 2003, Kami Cotler is currently the Acting Principal of ECMS-Gardena and the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Environmental Charter Schools. Kami began her education career in a small, rural district in Virginia, where she taught in an interdisciplinary, alternative program for at-risk high school students. Returning to Los Angeles in 2001, she was introduced to the charter world when she joined the faculty of Environmental Charter High School. Seeking a quality elementary school for her son, she became involved with the founding of Ocean Charter School, a K-8 arts-integrated charter, and served as its founding co-director. Ms. Cotler also consulted with start-up charters including the Goethe International Charter School and then rejoined ECS to help establish Environmental Charter Middle School-Gardena, where she was founding principal for four years.