FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2021
Contact: Brigitte Nieland
STAND FOR CHILDREN LOUISIANA ANNOUNCES 2021-2022 LEAD FELLOWS AND ADVANCED LEAD FELLOWS
Educators from across the state selected to hone their skills as advocates for students and teachers.
(BATON ROUGE)—Stand for Children Louisiana announced today the selection of its 2021-2022 LEAD Fellows and its inaugural class of the Advanced LEADers Fellowship. For this year’s LEAD Fellows class, 30 educators from across the state took part in a competitive application process from which they were selected to take part in a six-month experience to hone their craft, study education policy, find and elevate their voice, engage with local and state policy makers, and advocate on behalf of all students.
The LEAD Fellowship and the Advanced LEADers Fellowship will be facilitated by Kimberly Eckert. Eckert was the 2018 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year and currently serves as Dean of Undergraduate Studies for Oxford Teachers College at Reach University and is an employee of West Baton Rouge Schools, where she serves as the Educators Rising Instructor and Innovative Programs and Instructional Coordinator. Eckert is deeply committed to building educator networks across the state, elevating educators’ voices, and ensuring educators are involved in every education-related decision being made in our state. It is with this experience and passion that Eckert is ready to grow her involvement with Stand Louisiana from participating in the LEAD Fellowship to leading it.
This year’s LEAD Fellows are:
Kelsye Baudoin, Librarian, Iberia Parish
Melissa Bordelon, Teacher, Avoyelles Parish
Robyn Butler, Teacher, East Baton Rouge Parish
Dr. Suresh Chiruguru, Peer-Coach, Calcasieu Parish
Sheila Collins, Teacher, East Baton Rouge Parish
Keisha Fleming, Teacher, Iberville Parish
Kalyn Gauthier, Assistant Principal, West Baton Rouge Parish
Marian Jackson-Scott, Former Teacher, Saint Landry Parish
Jamie Johnson, Literacy Coach, East Baton Rouge Parish
Dr. Jesseca Johnson, Assistant Principal, West Baton Rouge Parish
Jennifer Kelly, Region 3 Literacy Specialist, Ouachita Parish
Chef Elisha Knox, Restorative Coordinator, Dean of Students, and Community Leader, East Baton Rouge Parish
Daven Lewis, Teacher, Orleans Parish
Yulinda Marshall, Dean of Students, East Baton Rouge Parish
Dr. Tiffanye McCoy-Thomas, Curriculum Supervisor Social Studies, East Baton Rouge Parish
Janae Montgomery, Teacher, West Baton Rouge Parish
Joycelyn Poole, Dean, Orleans Parish
Hazel Regis-Buckels, School Leader, East Baton Rouge Parish
Tonya Rose, Teacher, East Baton Rouge Parish
Victoria Rosser, Director of Student Support Services, Orleans Parish
Khalil Roy, Teacher, Avoyelles Parish
Kyira Terry, Special Education Inclusion Teacher, West Baton Rouge Parish
Charlotte Tillman, District Supervisor of Middle Schools, Tangipahoa Parish
Anthony Turner, Teacher, Pointe Coupee Parish
Jennifer Underwood, Assistant Principal, Calcasieu Parish
Trinette Wallace, Master Teacher, Lafourche Parish
Armisha Washington, School Social Worker, East Baton Rouge Parish
Sarah Wehlage, Informal Educator, Orleans Parish
Keonte Wells, Teacher, Avoyelles Parish
Marie Wintz, Data Specialist, Central Community School System
"The LEAD Fellowship has equipped some of our state’s most effective educators with the information, tools, and connections they need to go beyond the classroom and positively impact the structures within our education systems. Louisiana’s students, families, teachers, schools, and communities have directly benefited from the work of past LEAD Fellows,” said Stand for Children Louisiana Executive Director Carrie Griffin Monica.
Teachers and administrators who have taken part in the Fellowship have felt the impact of the program and have been able to incorporate their learnings in their day-to-day work in the classroom.
“The LEAD Fellowship equipped me with the tools, knowledge, and access to policy makers while engaging on issues that will positively impact the students and families I serve for years to come,” reflected Aaron Jura, a multi-year LEAD Fellow, 2021-22 Advanced LEADer, previous educator in Orleans Parish, and current Curriculum Writer at Study.com.
The expansion of this program allows past Fellows to return as Advanced LEADers who will continue their advocacy journey and further elevate their collective voice to improve education throughout our state. Advanced LEADers will design and execute a project that falls within the Fellowship’s three areas of study: Literacy, Quality Schools for All, and Juvenile/Criminal Justice. Fourteen Advanced LEADers were selected by invitation and will leverage what was learned during foundational years of the LEAD Fellowship to gain more in-depth understanding of key educational initiatives that impact or support Louisiana’s students and educators.
This year’s Advanced LEADers are:
Faten Ahmad, Teacher, Jefferson Parish
Lacy Behl, Teacher, West Baton Rouge Parish
Wiley Brazier, V, Founder & Chief Education Officer, We Greaux People
Kristen Bruce, Teacher, Vernon Parish
Najoua Hotard, Teacher, West Baton Rouge
Lovie Howell, Librarian, Bossier Parish
Aaron Jura, Teacher, Orleans Parish
Julie Mayeux, Administrator, West Baton Rouge Parish
Nicole Nelson, Teacher and Instructional Coach, Caddo Parish
Karen Parrino, Teacher, Livingston Parish
Kacy Patin, Teacher, West Baton Rouge Parish
Mary Elizabeth Thibeaux-Clay, Administrator, St. Martin Parish
Lauren Trahan, Teacher, Vermilion
Hollis Wilson-Davis, Administrator, St. Mary Parish
“I remain inspired by the dedication, passion, tenacity, and strength shown by Louisiana’s educators and administrators every single day. I am a passionate supporter of teachers and think this year’s Fellows are capable of bringing about great, student-centered changes to our state’s education system,” said LEAD Facilitator Kimberly Eckert.
The LEAD Fellowship kicks off in November and will conclude in April for both new Fellows and Advanced LEADers. To learn more about Stand’s LEAD Fellowships, please visit http://stand.org/leadfellowship.
About Stand for Children Louisiana
Stand for Children Louisiana is a non-partisan education advocacy organization focused on ensuring all students receive a high quality, relevant education, especially those whose boundless potential is overlooked and under-tapped because of their skin color, zip code, first language, or disability. For more information, please visit www.stand.org/louisiana.