Retirement of Chuck Stockwell

January 28, 2020

CS Partners Announces Retirement of Founder Chuck Stockwell

December 19, 2019 – Educational service provider CS Partners announced the retirement of their founding partner today. 

While  Stockwell had stepped back from operational aspects of the company a few years ago, he continued to be involved in some aspects of strategy and development with the other partners. He will leave the company at the end of this calendar year. 



One of the original pioneer charter school founders, Stockwell’s work in education began in 1968 as a special education teacher. He also worked as a director at a vocational rehabilitation facility for adults with disabilities and served as an elementary school principal, president of a teacher organization and as a Wayne County Comunity College Trustee. 

In 1996, Stockwell created and developed a small charter school in Livingston County called Livingston Development Academy which was renamed Charyl Stockwell Academy in 2001. Well-known and recognized as one of Michigan’s top-performing public charter schools, Charyl Stockwell Academy District has grown to over 1,000 students and serves students from preschool through high school today. Stockwell along with his wife, Shelley, will continue to provide consultation to Charyl Stockwell Academy leadership and board of directors. 

Stockwell’s experience with Charyl Stockwell Academy led him to found CS Partners in 2004 with seven other partners. The company now works with 32 public school academies in Michigan and has developed into one of the state’s largest educational service providers. The remaining partners will continue to lead the company in partnering with schools to provide quality educational options to Michigan families.

“It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come,” said Stockwell. “I consider myself a teacher and businessman and my life’s mission is creating safe places for children and adults to learn and grow. I love my work and I’m forever grateful to all of the wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in my work over the last 50 years. Many people have added joy to my life over these years. I know the leadership at CS Partners shares my same passion and they’ll continue to do great things for education.”

Maria Dockins, Managing Partner for CS Partners and one of the original founders, shared that, “Chuck’s vision is a large part of what got us to this point and we’re grateful for his expertise, guidance, and passion for doing what is right for kids. We’ve got a great team that is energetic and innovative and we’re excited about the future success of the schools we work with.”

CS Partners is a growing Michigan based educational service provider headquartered in Brighton. Founded in 2004, the company is focused on serving Michigan charter schools, families and children. CS Partners supports schools by focusing on seven indicators of excellence: Correlates of Effective Schools; Marzano’s Instructional Strategies; Student Achievement; Student Enrollment and Retention; Balanced Budget; Rules and Compliance; and Innovation. In addition to full management services, CS Partners provides other school solutions including payroll, human resources and financial support through their affiliate company Partner Solutions.