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Leadership : Leadership Team

Dr. Cade Brumley

Superintendent

A product of the public education system in Louisiana, Dr. Cade Brumley has also invested his entire professional career in Louisiana’s public system as an educator. He has served as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. Prior to his March 2018 appointment in Jefferson, he served six years as DeSoto Parish Schools Superintendent in Northwest Louisiana. During his time in DeSoto, results greatly improved and the system now ranks as one of Louisiana’s top ten districts for student academic achievement. DeSoto also earned it’s first “A” rating from the Louisiana Department of Education under his leadership. Most recently, Dr. Brumley also served as the President of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents. Dr. Brumley led JPPSS in adopting a district-wide Tier 1 curriculum, which equips all schools with the highest-rated learning resources available. He also created a Transformation Network to provide extra support and resources for our highest-need schools as part of an equity agenda, and secured nearly $2 million in additional funding for these students and educators.


 

Patricia Adams

Chief Legal Counsel

As the chief legal officer for the Jefferson Parish Public School System, Patricia Adams advises central office and school-based administrators regarding a wide variety of legal and policy issues that arise daily in the K through 12 setting. Adams works closely with the Superintendent and other unit leaders to ensure compliance with state and federal education and employment laws. Adams represents the district before state and federal agencies and prepares contracts and other legal documents. Adams has a B.A. in political science from Tulane University and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. Adams has practiced law in the New Orleans area since 1996 with an emphasis on legal issues related to employment and education. Prior to joining the district in 2012, Adams served for several years as the chief legal officer for the University of New Orleans.


 

Denise Carpenter

Chief Student Support Officer

Denise Carpenter has served public education in Jefferson Parish for over 32 years. She has served as both a general and special education teacher; an assistant principal of special education, middle school, and high school curriculum and guidance; a high school principal; and currently serves as the Chief Student Support Officer in the Jefferson Parish Public School System. Ms. Carpenter holds a B.A. in Social Studies Education, a M.Ed. in Educational Administration, and a Juris Doctorate. Her success during her seven year tenure as principal, along with specific coursework, secured her certification as a Turnaround Specialist. Her school was the only open enrollment high school that earned an “A” report card for 14-15.


 

Sarah Caruso

Chief Financial Officer

Sarah Caruso is responsible for the overall fiscal management of the Jefferson Parish Public School System. As the Chief Financial Officer, she oversees the management of the district’s multi-million dollar budget and directs and coordinates the budget & accounting, management information system, and payroll departments. Prior to joining JPPSS in 2015, Caruso was a financial leader in the private sector for seven years. As a supervising senior auditor for Carr, Riggs & Ingram, CPAs, Caruso worked with local parish governments, school boards, and charter schools. Caruso received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and her Masters of Professional Accountancy from the University of Southern Mississippi.


 

Lale Geer

Chief Operations Officer

Lale Geer oversees all operations management and planning within the Jefferson Parish Public School System, including the district’s emergency management, facilities and maintenance, food services, technology, and transportation departments. Geer began his career with JPPSS in 1990, and has served as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school dean, elementary principal, high school principal, director of transportation, assistant superintendent of operations, and interim superintendent. He has a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of New Orleans.


 

Germaine Gilson

Chief District Affairs Officer

Germaine Gilson has served the students of the Jefferson Parish Public School System for over 22 years.  Prior to her current role as chief district affairs officer, Gilson has been chief of staff, chief student support officer, assistant superintendent of federal programs, as well as an instructional associate, principal, assistant principal, and teacher. A two time JPPSS Teacher of the Year, Gilson has nurtured teachers who have now moved into leadership roles in JPPSS and surrounding parishes. As district liaison to the Posse Foundation, she helped JPPSS students earn more than $6 million in scholarship funds. She also served on the JPPSS District Design Team and co-authored the district’s School Improvement Plan to turnaround low performing schools. Gilson earned her Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision from Xavier University of Louisiana and her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Southern University of New Orleans.


 

Dr. James Gray

Chief of Schools

Dr. James Gray has served in public education for 22 years as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and most recently as the Director of School Leadership for the Vermilion Parish School Board. Dr. Gray has spent 17 of his 22 years in administrative positions within two school districts. Dr. Gray has served on numerous state committees including state principal forums. He was selected as a state-wide Compass evaluation trainer and was a co-developer of the Compass Leader Rubric designed to evaluate Louisiana’s school administrators. Dr. Gray frequently presents at local, regional, and national conferences focusing on effective leadership through cultures of learning and support systems for effective instructional practices. Dr. Gray earned his bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University, master’s from Nicholls State University, and an educational doctorate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


 

Donna Joseph

Chief Human Resources Officer

Donna W. Joseph is a lifelong resident of Jefferson Parish, a product of the Jefferson Parish Public School System, and proud graduate of John Ehret High School.  Joseph has been a servant of public education for 23 years. Her career started in the entertainment and television industry, which led her to becoming a local business owner. In the early 90’s she decided to follow her dream of becoming a teacher. During her tenure as an educator, Ms. Joseph has served in various capacities: teacher, department chairperson, Title I team leader, bully prevention program director, testing coordinator, assistant principal, recruiter, HR administrator, HR director, and management trustee on the Jefferson Federation of Teachers Health and Welfare Fund Board. Joseph holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in economics and a master’s degree in educational leadership.


 

Gabrielle Misfeldt

Chief Strategy Officer

Gabrielle Misfeldt has spent the last decade working with various school districts across the country on educational excellence and equality. As a former paraprofessional, substitute teacher, and teacher, Ms. Misfeldt has worked with Chicago Public Schools, the Recovery School District, various school districts across Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Education, Newark Public Schools, and ReNEW Schools. She’s lead work around recruitment, staffing, retention, principal training, and strategy. Ms. Misfeldt earned her Honors Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University.