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"Improving Lives One Person at a Time" ~ David & Leila Centner Foundation

David and Leila Centner are serial technology entrepreneurs with multiple successful exits. Their most recent company, Highway Toll Administration, was acquired in March 2018 by private equity firm Platinum Equity investing from their $6.5 billion global buyout fund, Platinum Equity Capital Partners IV. David Centner was founder and Chief Executive Officer while Leila Centner served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer.

The Centners are passionate humanitarians and philanthropists dedicated to helping the underserved achieve their maximum potential through education and sustainability-oriented programs.

“Our goal is to transform the heart of education to ensure happy, confident, compassionate, mindful, empathetic and connected children, so we are building a 21st century school designed as a living, breathing response to new personal and social challenges.”

“Our philosophy is based on the understanding that success does not lead to happiness, rather that happiness leads to success.” ~ David and Leila Centner

Centner Academy presents Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. "Unity: How We Find Common Ground & Unite"
Centner Academy was excited to host Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. for a live talk.

The topic of discussion was "Unity: How We Find Common Ground & Unite."

Kennedy is a true champion for the health and well-being of children and the planet. At this time of increasing division and fear, we heard from this tireless advocate and defender whose wisdom and experience could show others a clear, constructive way forward.

More about Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.:

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. serves as President of Waterkeeper Alliance, as well as Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Legal Counsel for Children’s Health Defense, and of counsel to Morgan & Morgan, a nationwide personal injury practice.

Mr. Kennedy is an esteemed author, with a long list of published books including the New York Times’ bestseller, “Crimes Against Nature.” Mr. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. His reputation as a resolute defender of the environment and children’s health stems from a litany of successful legal actions. He received recognition for his role in the landmark victory against Monsanto last year, as well as in the DuPont Case that inspired the movie “Dark Waters” (2019).

For over three decades, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has been one of the world’s leading environmental advocates. He is the founder and president of Waterkeeper Alliance, the umbrella group for 300 local waterkeeper organizations, in 34 countries, that track down and sue polluters. Under his leadership, Waterkeeper has grown to become the world’s largest clean water advocacy organization.

Centner Academy
Living a culture of learning
We believe that students learn best when using their minds to solve problems, create solutions, and collaborate with peers to make the world a better place. Curating authentic, fun, and purposeful learning experiences is at the heart of what we do. The experiential nature of our program ensures that all students find meaning and joy in their learning, especially as we break down traditional silos between disciplines that can limit solutions and innovations. Our unique approach of blending social and emotional learning with problem-solving and critical thinking gives our students the capacity to think about systems, contexts, and their learning from multiple perspectives. Students begin every lesson with why--why are we learning about math or multiplication, about revolutions or history, about communicating creatively.

Our school community is dedicated to limitless adventures in learning. We believe that every student, every teacher, every parent, and every leader has an ethical imperative on this planet to pursue learning and growth in every activity of our lives. Because our whole community is dedicated to being better for our world, we love learning, embrace mistakes as opportunities to grow, and challenge ourselves to be both loving and candid in our relationships with one another.