Jefferson Parish Public School System announced the hiring of 11 new principals earlier this month, and six of them are alumni of the University of New Orleans College of Education and Human Development.
Amy Hoyle was selected to lead Fredrick Douglass Elementary School. Hoyle served as principal of Woodland West Elementary School where, in her first year, she and her team raised the school's letter grade from a D to a B. Most recently she served as a Network Executive Director and created the Literacy Advancement Program. She holds a Master of Educational Leadership from the University of New Orleans and was recently named one of ten Distinguished Alumni at the Education Department's 50th anniversary celebration.
Sharon Meggs-Hamilton will lead Grace King High School as its principal this upcoming school year. Meggs-Hamilton has previously served as a high school assistant principal at West Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson and Helen Cox. Her experiences at the three schools have shown her how to uphold high academic and behavioral expectations for diverse populations of students – including accelerated, ESL, special education and academically at-risk children. She has a Master of Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans.
Davon Hayes was named to the permanent principalship at Livaudais after having served as its acting principal as well as its assistant principal. She implemented and facilitated teacher professional development and tutoring programs for students. Hayes has a Master of Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans.
John Starr has been named as principal of Marie Riviere Elementary School. Prior to his appointment, he served as the assistant principal of Marrero Middle School. Among his accomplishments, he utilized strong teachers to provide a diverse selection of professional development sessions. He has a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of New Orleans.
Andrew Vincent will lead Thomas Jefferson High School as its principal. For the past two years, he served as assistant principal of Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies. In that role, he assisted in several data-driven professional development PD initiatives, including book studies and the implementation of web-based software (ANET). He has a Master of Education in K-12 Educational Leadership from the University of New Orleans.
Danielle Yunusah has been named the new principal of Riverdale High School. Her previous experience includes six years as the assistant principal of John Q. Adams Middle School. While there, she helped Adams raise their school letter grade from a C to a B and earned 10 bonus points for significant growth with the lowest performing students. She holds a Master of Education from the University of New Orleans.