Relay New Orleans
About Relay New Orleans
Senior Dean Jennifer Francis
As senior dean of Relay New Orleans, Jennifer Francis oversees all aspects of teacher training in New Orleans. 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 an 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.
Get to know New Orleans, Louisiana.
CITY POPULATION: 1.3 million
Join in on one of the biggest parties in the United States — Mardi Gras! The annual carnival lights up New Orleans with jazz music, delicious food, and great community. For more jazz, take a free tour at New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park to learn about a central part of New Orleans culture. The annual New Orleans JazzFest is also a hit with residents and tourists alike.
New Orleans is known for having incredible food. Enjoy a beignet (a French donut) at Cafe du Monde — people come from far and wide for these — and try some jambalaya and gumbo. The streets of the historic French Quarter are lined with beautiful architecture, dining, and entertainment venues, so you can geet a taste of French Creole and Cajun culture any time of year.
The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is a network of buses and streetcars with almost 40 routes through neighborhoods in New Orleans. Depending on school and living location, having a car in New Orleans may be necessary, although the downtown district is dense and public transportation and cycling provide a good alternative option.
Katrina swept away New Orleans’ school system, ushering in new era, Washington Post
How New Orleans Proved Urban-Education Reform Can Work, New York Magazine
1615 Poydras St., Ste 820
New Orleans, LA 70112