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UHC Accolades - Week of 11/12/21

As a campus community, UHC has much to celebrate!

Kudos of the highest caliber are extended to the following Doctorate in Executive Leadership Program (DIELP) students and alumni who are “living their greatness”:


Dr. Stacey-Ann Barrett,

Cohort I

At a time when the calls for accountability were almost non-existent because of the global pandemic borne out by COVID-19 and the devastating effects brought on by six named hurricanes for this region during the 2020-21 school year, our DIELP alumna, Dr. Stacey-Ann Barrett (Cohort I and an award-winning member of the Graduating class of 2018) made statewide news as she commandeered her school, South Plaquemines Elementary (located in Port Sulphur, Louisiana) to what would have been an “A”-progress index letter grade, had grades been used this year by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Dr. Barrett was notified that her school moved from a 95.2 Progress Index to 111.4 in progress on the LEAP test, despite all of the global, national, state, regional and local challenges. South Plaquemines Elementary was one of two schools in her district with that level of growth. Dr. Barrett assumed this school in 2017, when the School Performance Score was one-point from a “D”. Congratulations to Dr. Barrett and her outstanding Hurricane teachers, staff, families and students!

Mrs. Ronicka Briscoe

Cohort VI

Mrs. Ronicka Briscoe, Cohort VI, Doctoral Candidate, is a true trailblazer and “pacesetter” for Cohort VI and the Doctorate in Executive Leadership Program! As a result of her high-energy, spirit, drive, focus and tenacity, she will be defending her doctoral dissertation within the next week or so, after having spent only five semesters in our program. Congratulations, “Candidate” Briscoe!

Dr. Michelle Douglas,

Cohort IV.V

Dr. Michelle Douglas, award-winning DIELP alumna of Cohort IV.V, and the CEO of the Hynes Charter Corporation, along with her team, recently celebrated opening the doors to their third Hynes campus, Hynes-Parkview. By 2028, Hynes Charter Corporation is poised to serve 2,300 students in high-quality seats in the Lakeview, Lakefront, and Gentilly neighborhoods in New Orleans at Hynes-Lakeview, Hynes-UNO, and Hynes Parkview.  Way to go, Dr. Douglas!

Dr. Danalyn Hypolite 

Cohort III

Dr. Danalyn Hypolite, another award-winning member of DIELP Cohort III, was among those tapped as a ‘first string’ hire for the Louisiana Department of Education, under the leadership newly-appointed Superintendent, Dr. Cade Brumley.  A native New Orlenian and a third-generation public educator, Dr. Hypolite earned a B.S. in Physics from Xavier University of Louisiana, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Trinity Washington University, and the Ed.D. in Executive Leadership from the University of Holy Cross.  Dr. Hypolite has been a middle and high school teacher, a middle and elementary school principal, and a district-level administrator. Since 2017, she has been part of the Portfolio Innovation and Accountability team at NOLA Public Schools, where she transitioned 78 charter schools back to local governance, and has created and implemented the district Charter School Accountability Framework. Most recently Dr. Hypolite has served as the Deputy Assistant Superintendent of Equity, Inclusion and Opportunities at the Louisiana Department of Education, where she has supervised the team that conducts oversight and accountability of the Louisiana 50, Types 2, 4, and 5 charter schools that are authorized by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Congratulations, Dr. Hypolite!

Ms. Trenell Jackson

Cohort V

Ms. Trenell Jackson (Cohort V) was selected and promoted to Assistant Principal at Martin Behrman Charter School.  Before taking on the Assistant Principal role, Ms. Jackson served as a TAP Master Teacher.  Ms. Jackson has been an integral part of the Algiers Charter Family, since 2007, where she has served as Master Teacher and Academic Dean at McDonogh #32 Literacy Charter School.  A graduate of Dillard University, where she was awarded the Fannie C. Williams Excellence Award, Ms. Jackson was a National Institute of School Leadership (NISL) Fellow from 2016-2017 and a Leading Educators Fellow from 2013-2015. Congratulations, Ms. Jackson!

Mr. Kendall McManus 

Cohort V 

Word was received earlier this week that Mr. Kendall McManus, a member of UHC-Doctorate In Executive Leadership Program Cohort V, has written a chapter in a book co-authored by Drs. Luis Mirón and Paul Green. The title of Chapter One is “Stepping Out of Our Lanes: The ‘Lie’ and the Slippage of Democracy in America.” Also, Mr. McManus was selected and promoted to the principalship by the Inspire NOLA Charter Management Organization for the Andrew H. Wilson Charter School, effective May, 2021 for the 2021-22 school year. Last year and at the time of his entry into DIELP, Mr. McManus was the Assistant Principal at Warren Easton High School.  Way to go, Kendall!

Dr. Jahquille T. Ross

Cohort II

Hats off to Dr. Jahquille T. Ross (alumnus of Cohort II and member of the graduating class of 2020)! Dr. Ross has been named Director of Teacher Support for New Schools for New Orleans. Upon his selection, the organization offered: “We are all incredibly excited about the possibility of Dr. Ross’ joining our team. His warmth, his ability to connect with a variety of different people, and his intelligence immediately jump out.” The team responsible for his hire laud that his performance task was concise, succinct and smart and it was quickly determined that he is their top choice and they look forward to his help and leadership. “Without a doubt, this is a critical moment for our city and for our teachers. Across the country, teachers are leaving the profession at alarming rates. Applications to teacher preparation programs have plummeted 35%. And as you know, New Orleans is facing the same challenges. On the heels of COVID and Hurricane Ida, our entire public school system is in danger if we don’t quickly rebuild the right citywide support for our teachers. Your work is absolutely critical.” Dr. Ross will manage a 14+ million-dollar federal grant that goes directly to NSNO to help strengthen teacher and leader recruitment and retention, and will be responsible for building a citywide teacher community from scratch.

Javeon Talbot, one of our current dual enrollment students from East Jefferson High School, has been named Scholar Athlete of the Week by the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. Congratulations, Javeon!

Dr. Leslie Jones, Program Coordinator for the EDD/PhD in Executive Leadership, made a presentation today at the Midsouth Education Research Association - The title was "Using Technology to Support Principals as Instructional Leadership.”  She also served as an evaluator to review conference presentations.  Way to go, Dr. Jones!

UHC’s Kappa Delta Pi chapter was recognized by KDP International Honor Society for participating in the signature philanthropic initiative that works to elevate teaching as a respected career and to support K-12 programs.


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