Rene Garner's Classroom

  • Hi Families, 

    I am both honored and proud to be the principal of the Chester Upland School of the Arts. I hope that you are all well. Our CUSA family misses ALL of our beautiful children! It is my desire to ensure ongoing communication between us, especially in this unprecedented time. As we are adjusting to our new norms, I would like to welcome you to "Virtual CUSA". Our CUSA staff has added personal webpages to provide information as well as Google Classroom lessons. We will also offer opportunities to support and interact with our children and families.

    I want to encourage you to practice all safety mandates and safeguards to protect yourself, families and communities. I wish you well and look forward to seeing all of my families healthy and happy again soon!

    CUSA Lions, we are all in this together so keep the faith, be encouraged and remember... Principal Garner LOVES YOU!! #ALLin!


    ZOOM OFFICE HOURS: Monday through Friday 10:00AM to 11:00AM,

    2:00PM to 3:00PM or by appointment. 


    OFFICE PHONE: (610) 447-3777  

    CELL PHONE: Available by invitation


    Principal Garner joined the Chester Upland School District as a Toby Farm administrator in 2016. In 2019, she became the principal of the Chester Upland School of the Arts. Principal Garner's commitment to her life's work in education has a span of almost 3 decades. Prior to coming to Chester, she served as an elementary, middle and special education teacher. She also served children and families as a Teacher Coach, Small Learning Community Coordinator, Special Education Coordinator, and Preschool Executive Director.  

    In her free time, Principal Garner enjoys serving as a Liturgical choreographer for her church, taking dance classes at Philadanco and running her event planning business. Her hobbies include writing, DIY projects, decorating, and acting. Most of all she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family. 

    Principal Garner adores her CUSA Lion Cubs and ends every morning and afternoon announcement with a reminder that she loves them! One of her greatest career joys has been to serve as the principal of CUSA! 

    Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. 

    A.A. Miline