Columbus Bilingual Academy, Home of the Panthers!
Serving elementary & middle school in Columbus & Franklin County
K-8 Community School Managed by ACCEL Schools
ACCEL Schools is a high-performing network of over 50 charter schools located throughout the United States
Our mission at Columbus Bilingual Academy North is to provide a nurturing environment of academic excellence, which provides for the development of responsible cross-cultural world citizens with an enriched understanding of self and others.
Our vision is to become a high-performing academy that drives the learning of all children for success in local and global communities through holistic, intellectually inspiring academic and language-acquisition programs.
Dr. Steve Fawcett, School Principal
Dr. Steve Fawcett joined the Columbus Bilingual Academy North (CBAN) team in the Summer of 2019. He brings with him a formidable background in education with more than a decade of experience as a tutor, classroom teacher, assistant principal, and now principal. Dr. Fawcett has worked in multiple contexts from rural Utah to urban Ohio. His background is in Spanish with expertise in business, music, and educational leadership. Dr. Fawcett has a BA in Spanish from the University of Utah where he also enjoyed playing the alto saxophone in the jazz, marching, and pep bands. During this time he also had the wonderful opportunity to serve a two-year LDS mission in Maracaibo, Venezuela where he learned about the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. He then went on to study teacher education and leadership and attained a Master’s degree from Utah State University. From there, Dr. Fawcett set his sights on Columbus, Ohio where he became a Buckeye for life while studying Educational Administration at The Ohio State University and achieved the degree of Educational Doctorate. In his spare time, Dr. Fawcett enjoys traveling with his wife of 12 years, playing with his two daughters, playing music, gardening, reading, and trying to stay in shape! His educational philosophy is taken from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” which states “The readiness is all.” We can never predict what skills and knowledge will be needed in the future, so giving students a well-rounded, holistic education is key in preparing them to be ready for all forthcoming challenges that lie ahead.
Dr. Natalee M. 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.
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