Isaac G. Joseph
Isaac G. Joseph started his career in education in 1986 as a teacher for the Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS). The experience Joseph gained over the next three decades in JPPSS, along with his strong work ethic and student-centered approach, earned his selection as the system’s first African American superintendent.
He has served the district as an educator, dean of student services, principal, assistant superintendent of human resources, and executive director of grants and federal programs. As the leader of Louisiana’s largest and most diverse school system, Joseph embraces an ever-changing landscape in an effort to deliver a high quality education for all students. He envisions a JPPSS where all students become proficient learners and where JPPSS serves as a flagship district for the state and nation.
Joseph has excelled in JPPSS as an educational leader in the areas of instruction, personnel, and finance – all critical to a school system’s success. While he was an educator, Joseph’s peers chose him as the Waggaman School Teacher of the Year in 1987 and 1989. Joseph’s commitment to students of all cultures is evidenced throughout his career. As a speaker at the National Conference for English Language Learners, he highlighted programs offered by JPPSS that benefit non-English speaking students. Joseph served on the board of the Hispanic Resource Center Once House at Roosevelt Middle School. In 2008, the National Council on Educating Black Children named Joseph the Educator of the Year. He’s also been awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaque from the MLK Task Force for his work sponsoring student activities in JPPSS.
During his time as the assistant superintendent of human resources, Joseph led the team that developed a skilled workforce. He also successfully implemented the system’s Mutual Consent Placement policy, which gave principals choice in staff selection. As a district-level leader, Joseph was responsible for overseeing $20 million in federal grants. His department assured that these valuable funds were allocated to schools to support instructional programs.
Joseph holds his Master +30 Graduate Hours and has completed all coursework towards a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of New Orleans. He earned his Master’s of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Southern University at Baton Rouge, which is where he also earned his B.S. in Health and Physical Education.
Along with serving this district in a professional capacity, Joseph is personally vested in JPPSS. His oldest child was educated at C.T. Janet Elementary, Ellender Middle, Helen Cox High, and Patrick Taylor Academy. His youngest child currently attends Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts. Joseph and his wife are actively engaged in their children’s education. Joseph maintains a strong belief in public education as a true barometer to the strengths of our workforce and the development of our community.