The 2020-2021 school year is underway and it will be unique in every possible way. For many of us, school is our home away from home. Our shared experiences in educational settings ultimately shape who we become. It led me to my calling, a 40-year career in education. I feel strongly about how families are perceived, received, and respected. I have dedicated my entire career to creating high-quality, uplifting, and inclusive learning environments. Serving as a classroom teacher, a school principal and a school system administrator, and it will continue, as I step into the role as the Superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.
Baton Rouge has long been my family’s home, and I take the helm humbled and ready to serve our 40,000 students and their families, our 5,000 full-time employees, and our 80 school communities. The coming months will be critical to ensuring long-term success. I plan to spend this time:
Prioritizing the health and safety of students, families and educators as we return to school and navigate the school year amid the ongoing public health crisis;
Engaging a group of diverse stakeholders;
Establishing structures to provide clear, strong, and regular communications;
Deepening my knowledge of the school system’s current governance, departments, initiatives, structures, and budgets, and identifying opportunities for improvement;
Addressing issues that need immediate attention; and
Developing an innovative, strategic plan to guide us forward.
It is my firm belief that we will rise above these challenges and achieve greatness together. I look forward to doing this arm-in-arm with all of you, our families.