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New JP Schools Leadership Pipeline Develops Future Principals

JPPSS Executive Director of Transformation Malekah Salim-Morgan leads a brief orientation with the mentor principals prior to the Operation: LEAD welcome reception.

JPPSS Executive Director of Transformation Malekah Salim-Morgan leads a brief orientation with the mentor principals prior to the Operation: LEAD welcome reception.

Jefferson Parish Public Schools has launched a new program aimed at developing a deeper pool of leaders from within the district.

Operation: LEAD is an aspiring leaders cohort for current JPPSS educators interested in becoming principals. It was created to build stronger leader pipelines for employees and to give the district a deeper bench of leaders ready to step in when principal positions become available.

“I’m very excited about developing our own leadership in Jefferson Parish schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley. “Strong systems consistently and thoughtfully build capacity within the organization’s talent. Congratulations to our first cohort of aspiring leaders.”

From left, Operation: LEAD members Brandon VanVleck (Livaudais Middle) and Trenton Vincent (Riverdale High) get to know each other over a game of social bingo.

From left, Operation: LEAD members Brandon VanVleck (Livaudais Middle) and Trenton Vincent (Riverdale High) get to know each other over a game of social bingo.

This first cohort of Operation: LEAD includes 15 JPPSS educators. Their current roles range from teacher to academic dean to assistant principal. Each cohort member is assigned a mentor principal. The mentors are all JPPSS principals.

“I am excited about the chance to grow my skills,” said Operation: LEAD member Kevin Nanney, who is the academic dean at Strehle Elementary. “I want to take every opportunity I can to learn so that I am as prepared as possible when the opportunity comes to lead my own school.”

Members will participate in multiple leadership opportunities throughout the year. They will also gain on-the-job training with mentor principals.

From left, Operation: LEAD members Elaina Bergeron (Grace King High) and Jessica Dominguez-Carmean (Bissonet Plaza Elementary) talk with their mentor principal Demetria Hamilton (McDonogh 26 Elementary).

From left, Operation: LEAD members Elaina Bergeron (Grace King High) and Jessica Dominguez-Carmean (Bissonet Plaza Elementary) talk with their mentor principal Demetria Hamilton (McDonogh 26 Elementary).

“I want to make an impact by developing and supporting teachers,” said Operation: LEAD member and Bissonet Plaza Elementary teacher Jessica Dominguez-Carmean. “This program will build my leadership capacity in different roles. I’ll grow not just from a principal’s managerial capacity, but from an instructional standpoint as well.”

“It gives us an opportunity to reinforce our teaching and learning framework with potential future leaders,” said JPPSS Chief of Schools Dr. James Gray. “The more we get future leaders to understand our expectations for instructional leaders, the better chance we can positively impact student outcomes.”

Operation: LEAD was developed during Dr. Brumley’s 100-day entry plan. It complements the work already taking place to improve outcomes for all students and make JPPSS one of the most improved districts in the state.

The members of Operation: LEAD Cohort 1.0 are:

  • Elaina Bergeron: Grace King High
  • Colleen Bordelon: Ellis Elementary
  • Julie Broussard: Schneckenburger Elementary
  • Malika Brown: Worley Middle
  • Shedrick Brown: West Jefferson High
  • Jessica Dominguez-Carmean: Bissonet Plaza Elementary
  • Renee Dufrene: Hazel Park/Hilda Knoff Elementary
  • Holly Manson: Adams Middle
  • Kevin Nanney: Strehle Elementary
  • Cindy Sheldon: Douglass Elementary
  • Brandon VanVleck: Livaudais Middle
  • Trenton Vincent: Riverdale High
  • Jonquil Washington: Wet Jefferson High
  • Wes Watts: Truman Middle
  • Sirena Wurth: John Ehret High

The Operation: LEAD Mentor Principals are:

  • Terrah Averette-Harrison: St. Ville Elementary
  • Jason Beber: Adams Middle
  • LeighAnn Chiasson: Harris Elementary
  • Christina Conforto: Marrero Middle
  • Demetria Hamilton: McDonogh 26 Elementary
  • John Starr: Riviere Elementary
  • Wesley Taylor: Pitre Elementary
  • Darlene Turnbull: Washington Elementary
  • Jesse Watson: Kenner Discovery
  • Ira Wilson: Martyn Community School
  • Danielle Yunusah: Riverdale High