Since Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans more than a decade ago, the Crescent City has emerged as one of the most innovative public school environments in the United States. At Relay New Orleans, our graduate students join a strong community of professionals who are eager to practice, discuss and apply their learning in service of children.
As senior dean of Relay and founding dean of Relay Louisiana, Jennifer Francis oversees all aspects of teacher training in New Orleans and Baton Rouge and supports Relay deans in Memphis and Nashville. A Chicago native and alumna of Chicago Public Schools, Francis served as the principal of West Gary Lighthouse College Prep Academy in Gary, Indiana, before launching the Relay New Orleans campus in 2013. Francis earned a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction and an Ed.S. from National Louis University, as well as a dual B.A. in Black Studies and American Studies from Scripps College. Francis is currently a doctoral student at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California.
Partnering with various networks across New Orleans, Relay has launched two new programs in 2016. The Add-on Certification in Special Education equips teachers with the skills and mindsets needed to lead a wide range of exceptional learners to achieve ambitious academic goals. The Accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching provides teachers with a robust and targeted curriculum that expands their growing skill sets. Relay is excited for the impact that both programs will have on teacher effectiveness and student achievement in graduate student classrooms.