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Dear Families,

Welcome, and thank you for choosing Columbus Humanities Arts and Technology Academy (CHATA). We are all extremely appreciative and excited that you have joined our family. The road ahead of you will be difficult at times, it will be full of lifelong memories, and there will be seemingly impossible challenges. We will be there every step of the way to make sure that you, like many of our graduates, move on to lead rewarding and robust lives. If you follow our path, you will develop courage through confidence, creativity through practice, and compassion through experience. I expect that everyone gives their best when they can. Who dares wins!


Mrs. Erin Johnson

Erin Johnson, M.Ed, Executive Principal

Mrs. Johnson was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas and moved from there to West Lafayette, Indiana to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in English Education from Purdue University. Mrs. Johnson has served in numerous roles in the educational setting, serving in Accel schools since 2014. Mrs. Johnson holds a Master’s in Educational Administration from Ball State University. As Principal, Mrs. Johnson is responsible for leading our school academically and culturally, including the professional development and progress of our faculty.

Dr. Natalee Long, Regional Vice President

Dr. Natalee Long joined ACCEL Schools in 2015 with over 15 years of classroom teaching and K-12 school leadership experience. As Senior Vice President of Operations at ACCEL Schools, Dr. Long leads a team of Regional Vice Presidents that oversees leadership development, instructional programming, operations, and strategic planning for over 45 public charter schools. Dr. Long is a licensed Ohio School Superintendent. She earned a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lee University, a M. Ed. in Educational Administration from The Ohio State University and a Doctorate in Education in 2020 from The Ohio State University.

Community School

Columbus Humanities Arts and Technology Academy is a public, community school. We are our own school district sponsored by the Ohio Council of Community Schools (OCCS), which provides oversight and enforces academic, fiscal, and legal accountability. We are managed by ACCEL Schools, a high performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States.

Community Schools (Charter Schools) offer families an alternative to the local public school. Community schools are tuition-free, open to all students in the county, and focused on meeting student needs for success. Community schools are among the top-performing schools in the nation. Read more about charter schools.

Founded in 2014, ACCEL Schools is a K-12 public charter school management organization (CMO) serving students across the United States in brick-and-mortar, virtual, and hybrid school settings. We focus on improving academic outcomes of students regardless of geographic location or socioeconomic factors. The leadership team at ACCEL Schools has a combined 1000+ years of experience as global school management operators with expertise in curriculum research and design, assessment, student support services, and education consulting. Our entire team fundamentally believes that all children deserve a great education and students should be supported as they pursue a wide variety of post-secondary options. Our robust technology increases engagement, access to resources, efficiencies, and academic results helping our students become productive global citizens.