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OUR MISSION

Inspiring humanity through transformational learning in the classroom and in the community.

OUR VISION

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System will be the cornerstone of the community as a premier educational institution by inspiring, cultivating and producing a modern workforce prepared to create a robust and thriving economy. 

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Our INTERIM Superintendent

Adam Smith was selected by the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board as the Interim Superintendent of Schools effective January 24, 2024. Through this appointment, he will serve in the position until the search for a permanent superintendent has been completed.

Smith has served as an employee in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System for over 27 years. Among his distinguished positions held within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, he has worked as a teacher, middle and high school principal, director and executive director. In 2015, he was selected to serve as the Associate Superintendent of Academics. In this role, Smith supervised student support departments by providing administrative coaching and oversight to the following instructional programs: English as a Second Language; Exceptional Student Services; Federal Programs; Gifted and Talented Services; Homeless; and Magnet Programs. In the summer of 2017, supervision of the district’s direct run elementary sites was added to his scope of work. During his tenure in this role, over 90% of Mr. Smith’s cohort schools earned an A or B letter grade in the state’s accountability progress scores with over 50% of them earning A letter grades for two consecutive years. In addition to supporting the leaders of the district’s nearly forty elementary sites, Mr. Smith also supervised, mentored and provided effective professional development and organizational support to multiple direct reports and district-level administrators.

In the fall semester of 2020, Mr. Smith was appointed to serve as Interim Superintendent in the midst of an unexpected vacancy. With the support of the Board and community during the pandemic, Mr. Smith collaboratively designed and executed a transition plan to guide the district’s work into fundamental focus areas involving teaching and learning; health and safety; operations and organizational efficiency; and communications and external engagement. In 2021, Mr. Smith returned to the role of Associate Superintendent under the new organizational structure of a permanent leader.

In each of the leadership positions Mr. Smith has held, he has demonstrated a steadfast and firm commitment to the Baton Rouge community’s children. More than ever, his focus remains on meeting the demands of our educational landscape to ensure safe school environments. He also prioritizes a strong commitment to providing equitable access to high-quality public education with resources that provide the foundations from early childhood through college and career readiness. Mr. Smith and his wife have been residents of East Baton Rouge Parish for nearly thirty years. Together, they are the proud parents of four EBR school graduates and the grandparents of six children, two of whom currently attend district elementary schools.

40,323 STUDENTS

2ND LARGEST DISTRICT IN LOUISIANA

5 MAGNET SCHOOLS OF EXCELLENCE

OUR MISSION

Inspiring humanity through transformational learning in the classroom and in the community.

11 BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS

1 GREEN RIBBON SCHOOL

6 MAGNET SCHOOLS OF DISTINCTION

OUR VISION

The East Baton Rouge Parish School System will be the cornerstone of the community as a premier educational institution by inspiring, cultivating and producing a modern workforce prepared to create a robust and thriving economy. 

OUR SCHOOL BOARD

OUR INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT

Adam Smith was selected by the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board as the Interim Superintendent of Schools effective January 24, 2024. Through this appointment, he will serve in the position until the search for a permanent superintendent has been completed.

Smith has served as an employee in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System for over 27 years. Among his distinguished positions held within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, he has worked as a teacher, middle and high school principal, director and executive director. In 2015, he was selected to serve as the Associate Superintendent of Academics. In this role, Smith supervised student support departments by providing administrative coaching and oversight to the following instructional programs: English as a Second Language; Exceptional Student Services; Federal Programs; Gifted and Talented Services; Homeless; and Magnet Programs. In the summer of 2017, supervision of the district’s direct run elementary sites was added to his scope of work. During his tenure in this role, over 90% of Mr. Smith’s cohort schools earned an A or B letter grade in the state’s accountability progress scores with over 50% of them earning A letter grades for two consecutive years. In addition to supporting the leaders of the district’s nearly forty elementary sites, Mr. Smith also supervised, mentored and provided effective professional development and organizational support to multiple direct reports and district-level administrators.

In the fall semester of 2020, Mr. Smith was appointed to serve as Interim Superintendent in the midst of an unexpected vacancy. With the support of the Board and community during the pandemic, Mr. Smith collaboratively designed and executed a transition plan to guide the district’s work into fundamental focus areas involving teaching and learning; health and safety; operations and organizational efficiency; and communications and external engagement. In 2021, Mr. Smith returned to the role of Associate Superintendent under the new organizational structure of a permanent leader.

In each of the leadership positions Mr. Smith has held, he has demonstrated a steadfast and firm commitment to the Baton Rouge community’s children. More than ever, his focus remains on meeting the demands of our educational landscape to ensure safe school environments. He also prioritizes a strong commitment to providing equitable access to high-quality public education with resources that provide the foundations from early childhood through college and career readiness. Mr. Smith and his wife have been residents of East Baton Rouge Parish for nearly thirty years. Together, they are the proud parents of four EBR school graduates and the grandparents of six children, two of whom currently attend district elementary schools.

OUR EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

Shenoa Warren

Chief of Literacy

Andrea O'Konski

Chief of Accountability, Assessment & Evaluation

Marlon Cousin

Interim Administrative Director of Communications & Public Relations

Kelly Lopez

Chief Financial Officer

John McCann

Interim Chief of Operations

Nichola Hall

Chief of Human Resources

Laura Williams

Interim Chief of Schools

Stacey Dupre

Chief Officer of Support & Special Projects

Amy Jones

Chief Technology Officer

Gwynn Shamlin

General Counsel

Mark Bellue

District #1

Bellue graduated from Belaire High School in 1983. He earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Louisiana State University. He began working with LUBA Worker’s Comp in 2007 and became the company’s vice president of governmental relations in 2010.

Bellue’s family includes his wife, Carol, and their two children. They are members of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Bellue participates as a volunteer in the Men’s Club, youth sports, the Parish Festival and the Boy Scouts of America.

Bellue graduated from Belaire High School in 1983. He earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Louisiana State University. He began working with LUBA Worker’s Comp in 2007 and became the company’s vice president of governmental relations in 2010.

Bellue’s family includes his wife, Carol, and their two children. They are members of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Bellue participates as a volunteer in the Men’s Club, youth sports, the Parish Festival and the Boy Scouts of America.

Dadrius Lanus

District #2

Dadrius Lanus is an educational advocate fighting to bring liberation to all black and brown communities across East Baton Rouge Parish. Dadrius has made it his mission to reignite the “Poor People’s Campaign” by empowering students, teachers, and community stakeholders to identify and defeat socio-economic barriers that plague impoverished communities. Dadrius is a product of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System where he attended Forest Heights Elementary, Glen Oaks Middle, and Glen Oaks High School. While in college, Dadrius attended Southern University where he received his Bachelors, Masters, and Juris Doctorate Degree graduating with honors at each respective level. In December 2019, with over 60% of the vote, Dadrius became one the youngest members ever elected to the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board for the District 2 Community.

Dadrius Lanus is an educational advocate fighting to bring liberation to all black and brown communities across East Baton Rouge Parish. Dadrius has made it his mission to reignite the “Poor People’s Campaign” by empowering students, teachers, and community stakeholders to identify and defeat socio-economic barriers that plague impoverished communities. Dadrius is a product of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System where he attended Forest Heights Elementary, Glen Oaks Middle, and Glen Oaks High School. While in college, Dadrius attended Southern University where he received his Bachelors, Masters, and Juris Doctorate Degree graduating with honors at each respective level. In December 2019, with over 60% of the vote, Dadrius became one the youngest members ever elected to the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board for the District 2 Community.

Carla Powell

President, District #3

Carla C. Powell is a native and lifelong resident of the Scotlandville community. She is a veteran social studies teacher with almost 20 years of teaching experience.

Powell is no stranger to public service, as she’s been a member of the executive boards of the Louisiana Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for Social Studies. She is also a member of the East Baton Rouge branch of the National Association of University Women, the Nu Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the Louisiana Association of Educators. Powell is proud to be an active member of the Scotlandville High Alumni Association and the Rhythm Nation and Flo-Motion Dance Communities of Baton Rouge.

Powell earned a Bachelor of Science in social studies education, a Master of Education in administration and supervision, and several graduate hours in public administration, all from Southern University.

Powell is the mother of one son, Darryl, and has many extended family members throughout the Baton Rouge area. She was ordained for ministry in 2017 and utilizes her passion for serving her community to enact positive change and develop productive citizens.

Carla C. Powell is a native and lifelong resident of the Scotlandville community. She is a veteran social studies teacher with almost 20 years of teaching experience.

Powell is no stranger to public service, as she’s been a member of the executive boards of the Louisiana Council for the Social Studies and the National Council for Social Studies. She is also a member of the East Baton Rouge branch of the National Association of University Women, the Nu Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the Louisiana Association of Educators. Powell is proud to be an active member of the Scotlandville High Alumni Association and the Rhythm Nation and Flo-Motion Dance Communities of Baton Rouge.

Powell earned a Bachelor of Science in social studies education, a Master of Education in administration and supervision, and several graduate hours in public administration, all from Southern University.

Powell is the mother of one son, Darryl, and has many extended family members throughout the Baton Rouge area. She was ordained for ministry in 2017 and utilizes her passion for serving her community to enact positive change and develop productive citizens.

Shashonnie Steward

District #4

Shashonnie Steward has played a significant role in the rehabilitation of youth and adult offenders in the 19th Judicial District and surrounding courts as a court monitor/supervisor all while promoting initiatives and actively being a voice for the community. Stewart graduated as class salutatorian from Capitol High School in 1997. A true jaguar at heart, she attended Southern University and A&M College and received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. In 2005, she completed her Master of Science in criminal justice and is currently a second-year law student with the esteemed Southern University Law Center. She is the owner of Redstick Rehabilitative & Correctional Services. She has one daughter, Khofie, and a 3-year-old granddaughter, Madelynn.

Clubs/Organizations:

  • Junior League (2009-present) – Groups: Everybody Reads, Patient Activity Days, Weekend Backpacks, Ready Hands, Hollydays Committee
  • Park Forest East Civic Association – President
  • Park Forest East Crime Prevention and Improvement District – President


Steward has served as president of the Park Forest East Civic Association and president of the Park Forest East Crime Prevention and Improvement District. She has also served in the Junior League since 2009, where she participated in Everybody Reads, Patient Activity Days, Weekend Backpacks, Ready Hands the Hollydays Committee.

Shashonnie Steward has played a significant role in the rehabilitation of youth and adult offenders in the 19th Judicial District and surrounding courts as a court monitor/supervisor all while promoting initiatives and actively being a voice for the community. Stewart graduated as class salutatorian from Capitol High School in 1997. A true jaguar at heart, she attended Southern University and A&M College and received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. In 2005, she completed her Master of Science in criminal justice and is currently a second-year law student with the esteemed Southern University Law Center. She is the owner of Redstick Rehabilitative & Correctional Services. She has one daughter, Khofie, and a 3-year-old granddaughter, Madelynn.

Clubs/Organizations:

  • Junior League (2009-present) – Groups: Everybody Reads, Patient Activity Days, Weekend Backpacks, Ready Hands, Hollydays Committee
  • Park Forest East Civic Association – President
  • Park Forest East Crime Prevention and Improvement District – President


Steward has served as president of the Park Forest East Civic Association and president of the Park Forest East Crime Prevention and Improvement District. She has also served in the Junior League since 2009, where she participated in Everybody Reads, Patient Activity Days, Weekend Backpacks, Ready Hands the Hollydays Committee.

Cliff Lewis

District #5

Clifford S. Lewis, known to most as “Cliff” or “Coach,” was born in Brewton, Alabama, in 1956. His mother taught in the public school system for 34 years. His father, also an educator, held the role of assistant superintendent of schools for the Brunswick County School District in Southport, North Carolina. His father retired as a command sergeant major after serving in the U.S Army for 20 years as an 82nd airborne paratrooper.

Cliff grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where he attended public schools. An outstanding linebacker at Fort Walton Beach High School, Lewis went on to become a standout at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is credited with being the onfield inspiration for the famed “Nasty Bunch” defense. He was inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

After graduation from Southern Mississippi, Cliff was drafted by the Green Bay Packers, where he spent four years as an outside linebacker. After his playing days, Cliff enjoyed a 16-year college coaching career. Coaching stops included Georgia Southern, Southern Mississippi and Southern University. In 2003, Lewis was the defensive coordinator for Southern University’s Historical Black College National Championship team.

In 2005, Cliff left the field but not his commitment to developing the hearts and minds of young people. After two years in the private sector, he followed his mother’s advice and moved to education. For the past 15 years, Cliff has worked as a parental engagement coordinator in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

2023 finds Cliff Lewis committed to a greater cause: the families and students of the EBRPSS.

Cliff calls Baton Rouge home, but he still loves the laid-back lifestyle of growing up on the beautiful beaches of northwest Florida. He is married to former EBR Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis. They are the parents of three adult children and 10 grandchildren, who attended and continue to attend public schools in EBR. Cliff and Donna are also the proud great-grandparents of three.

Clifford S. Lewis, known to most as “Cliff” or “Coach,” was born in Brewton, Alabama, in 1956. His mother taught in the public school system for 34 years. His father, also an educator, held the role of assistant superintendent of schools for the Brunswick County School District in Southport, North Carolina. His father retired as a command sergeant major after serving in the U.S Army for 20 years as an 82nd airborne paratrooper.

Cliff grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where he attended public schools. An outstanding linebacker at Fort Walton Beach High School, Lewis went on to become a standout at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is credited with being the onfield inspiration for the famed “Nasty Bunch” defense. He was inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

After graduation from Southern Mississippi, Cliff was drafted by the Green Bay Packers, where he spent four years as an outside linebacker. After his playing days, Cliff enjoyed a 16-year college coaching career. Coaching stops included Georgia Southern, Southern Mississippi and Southern University. In 2003, Lewis was the defensive coordinator for Southern University’s Historical Black College National Championship team.

In 2005, Cliff left the field but not his commitment to developing the hearts and minds of young people. After two years in the private sector, he followed his mother’s advice and moved to education. For the past 15 years, Cliff has worked as a parental engagement coordinator in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

2023 finds Cliff Lewis committed to a greater cause: the families and students of the EBRPSS.

Cliff calls Baton Rouge home, but he still loves the laid-back lifestyle of growing up on the beautiful beaches of northwest Florida. He is married to former EBR Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis. They are the parents of three adult children and 10 grandchildren, who attended and continue to attend public schools in EBR. Cliff and Donna are also the proud great-grandparents of three.

Nathan Rust

District #6

Nathan Rust is the managing partner at Prestigious Painting. He is passionate about service and gives back through his business with “Paint it Forward” and the “Young Entrepreneur Scholarship.” Nathan and wife Amanda have two children, Elijah and Grace, who both attend EBR Schools.

Nathan founded the Rotary Club of Southeast Baton Rouge with 24 other local leaders in February 2020 and served as club president from 2020-2022. He also serves as the charter organization representative to BSA Pack 15, where his son is a member of the Cub Scouts.

Nathan was elected as the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board representative for District 6 on Nov. 8, 2022. In this new opportunity, Nathan aims to strengthen our school system by ensuring every child in EBR has access to high-quality schools, regardless of where they live or their economic status.

Nathan Rust is the managing partner at Prestigious Painting. He is passionate about service and gives back through his business with “Paint it Forward” and the “Young Entrepreneur Scholarship.” Nathan and wife Amanda have two children, Elijah and Grace, who both attend EBR Schools.

Nathan founded the Rotary Club of Southeast Baton Rouge with 24 other local leaders in February 2020 and served as club president from 2020-2022. He also serves as the charter organization representative to BSA Pack 15, where his son is a member of the Cub Scouts.

Nathan was elected as the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board representative for District 6 on Nov. 8, 2022. In this new opportunity, Nathan aims to strengthen our school system by ensuring every child in EBR has access to high-quality schools, regardless of where they live or their economic status.

Michael Gaudet

District #7

Michael “Mike” Gaudet was appointed to the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board in January 2017 and elected to full terms in 2018 and 2022. Mike is a native of Raceland and graduated from Central Lafourche High School. He graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a Master of Business Administration.

Mike has been married to Margie John Gaudet (Broadmoor High School and LSU physical therapy) for 47 years. They have two daughters — Dr. Amy Rabalais, MD, and Sara MacDowell, DPT — of Baton Rouge; and a son, Dr. John Gaudet, of Boston. Mike and Margie also greatly enjoy having four grandchildren to light up their life. He retired from a 40-year career with Albemarle Corp. as a division vice president.

Mike has always been heavily involved in education and has served on the boards of St. Luke’s Episcopal Day School, Episcopal High School, Teach For America South Louisiana and THRIVE Charter School. He fervently believes that every child can learn, and it is the mission of the school system to help every child reach their potential.

Mike recognizes that one critical task is providing the necessary resources to students and teachers. He strives to use his management experience to help streamline operations, increase customer service and reduce noninstructional costs to support the classroom efforts.

Michael “Mike” Gaudet was appointed to the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board in January 2017 and elected to full terms in 2018 and 2022. Mike is a native of Raceland and graduated from Central Lafourche High School. He graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a Master of Business Administration.

Mike has been married to Margie John Gaudet (Broadmoor High School and LSU physical therapy) for 47 years. They have two daughters — Dr. Amy Rabalais, MD, and Sara MacDowell, DPT — of Baton Rouge; and a son, Dr. John Gaudet, of Boston. Mike and Margie also greatly enjoy having four grandchildren to light up their life. He retired from a 40-year career with Albemarle Corp. as a division vice president.

Mike has always been heavily involved in education and has served on the boards of St. Luke’s Episcopal Day School, Episcopal High School, Teach For America South Louisiana and THRIVE Charter School. He fervently believes that every child can learn, and it is the mission of the school system to help every child reach their potential.

Mike recognizes that one critical task is providing the necessary resources to students and teachers. He strives to use his management experience to help streamline operations, increase customer service and reduce noninstructional costs to support the classroom efforts.

Emily Chatelain

District #8

Emily has dedicated the majority of her career to working with public schools across the United States, with an emphasis on providing program management & compliance, operations support, fiscal policy, and human resources administration. Additionally, Emily leads a local non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide children with access to healthy meals after school and throughout the summer months.

A 2009 undergraduate of the College of Agriculture at Louisiana State University, and a 2011 graduate of the MBA program at University of New Orleans, Emily began her career in 2012, as an operations consultant for public schools in Baton Rouge. After hearing concerns from school administrators about shortcomings of the school’s meal service, Emily began studying the various aspects of the National School Lunch Program, and in 2015, School Food & Wellness Group was formed. The small business has steadily grown on a national scale, now with over 150 clients in 30 states.

After 3-4 years of managing school nutrition programs, Emily identified a need for more robust after-school meal programming, as well as providing nutritious meals to children over the summer. Emily formed the Three O’clock Project in 2017, and immediately impacted our local community by working with other non-profit organizations to provide healthy meals after school and in the summer to better serve local kids in need. Community service continues to play an important role for Emily as she partners with other local and national organizations on various projects.

Emily has dedicated the majority of her career to working with public schools across the United States, with an emphasis on providing program management & compliance, operations support, fiscal policy, and human resources administration. Additionally, Emily leads a local non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide children with access to healthy meals after school and throughout the summer months.

A 2009 undergraduate of the College of Agriculture at Louisiana State University, and a 2011 graduate of the MBA program at University of New Orleans, Emily began her career in 2012, as an operations consultant for public schools in Baton Rouge. After hearing concerns from school administrators about shortcomings of the school’s meal service, Emily began studying the various aspects of the National School Lunch Program, and in 2015, School Food & Wellness Group was formed. The small business has steadily grown on a national scale, now with over 150 clients in 30 states.

After 3-4 years of managing school nutrition programs, Emily identified a need for more robust after-school meal programming, as well as providing nutritious meals to children over the summer. Emily formed the Three O’clock Project in 2017, and immediately impacted our local community by working with other non-profit organizations to provide healthy meals after school and in the summer to better serve local kids in need. Community service continues to play an important role for Emily as she partners with other local and national organizations on various projects.

Patrick Martin

Vice-President, District #9

Patrick Martin is an attorney and university administrator who has dedicated his career to public service. Martin developed a passion for improving access to education across the state and the community while serving as a lawyer in the administration of former Gov. Mike Foster. Martin also serves on the board of AMIKids-Baton Rouge, which provides workforce training and other support services to young people at high risk of entering the juvenile justice system.

Martin has an undergraduate (1989) and a law degree (1993) from LSU, where he works as assistant vice president for real estate, public partnerships and compliance. In that role, he is responsible for all real estate and public-private partnerships (P3s) for LSU throughout the state and for educating university stakeholders and others in the Baton Rouge and higher education communities about the potential benefits and risks of real estate and P3 developments.

Martin lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, Wendy, stepson Raymond, and daughter Mia. Mia is a student at BASIS Baton Rouge-Materra, a public charter school.

Patrick Martin is an attorney and university administrator who has dedicated his career to public service. Martin developed a passion for improving access to education across the state and the community while serving as a lawyer in the administration of former Gov. Mike Foster. Martin also serves on the board of AMIKids-Baton Rouge, which provides workforce training and other support services to young people at high risk of entering the juvenile justice system.

Martin has an undergraduate (1989) and a law degree (1993) from LSU, where he works as assistant vice president for real estate, public partnerships and compliance. In that role, he is responsible for all real estate and public-private partnerships (P3s) for LSU throughout the state and for educating university stakeholders and others in the Baton Rouge and higher education communities about the potential benefits and risks of real estate and P3 developments.

Martin lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, Wendy, stepson Raymond, and daughter Mia. Mia is a student at BASIS Baton Rouge-Materra, a public charter school.

Shenoa Warren

Chief of & Literacy

Shenoa Warren has served in the education field for over 25 years. She was most recently the executive director of Early Childhood in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Mrs. Warren holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in administration and supervision. She has a passion for closing the achievement gaps for all students. Her love for educating children started by working at a child care center. This experience provided a solid foundation for teaching young children. Additionally, Mrs. Warren has shown diversity by teaching a wide range of students. Upon graduating from college, she was recruited to teach fifth grade in the East Baton Rouge School System.

Mrs. Warren was selected as Teacher of the Year at her school for two consecutive years (1997 and 1998). She also taught third-grade English Language Arts to gifted students in the Alief Independent School District in Texas. Her last year in the classroom was in Jefferson Parish School District as an ELA sixth-grade teacher. She then expanded her experience in leadership at the Louisiana Department of Education. Mrs. Warren has 11 years in leadership at the Louisiana Department of Education. As the literacy section administrator, Mrs. Warren led a statewide initiative, ensuring literacy for all. The initiative provided Louisiana school districts with scientifically based reading strategies, curricular materials and targeted intervention plans. That helped improve reading achievement rates for kindergarten to 12th grade. She also served as a deputy network leader in the largest network at the Department of Education. Mrs. Warren led school districts in the implementation of the Early Childhood Community Networks as required by Act 3.

In 2015, Mrs. Warren was recruited to lead the EBR Early Childhood Community Network. EBR is the second-largest school district in the state with an Early Childhood Network comprising 6,000 children under the age of 5. Mrs. Warren led a team of instructional coaches and support staff to provide services to child care centers, Early Head Start, Head Start, charter schools and private schools. The goal of the Early Childhood Network is to prepare children from birth to 5 years old with the essential social, emotional and academic skills to successfully begin kindergarten. The number of excellent-rated sites in the network has increased dramatically under her direction. Mrs. Warren enjoys spending time with her family and loved ones. After losing both of her parents within a two-week period, faith and quality time is of the utmost importance to her.

Shenoa Warren has served in the education field for over 25 years. She was most recently the executive director of Early Childhood in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Mrs. Warren holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in administration and supervision. She has a passion for closing the achievement gaps for all students. Her love for educating children started by working at a child care center. This experience provided a solid foundation for teaching young children. Additionally, Mrs. Warren has shown diversity by teaching a wide range of students. Upon graduating from college, she was recruited to teach fifth grade in the East Baton Rouge School System.

Mrs. Warren was selected as Teacher of the Year at her school for two consecutive years (1997 and 1998). She also taught third-grade English Language Arts to gifted students in the Alief Independent School District in Texas. Her last year in the classroom was in Jefferson Parish School District as an ELA sixth-grade teacher. She then expanded her experience in leadership at the Louisiana Department of Education. Mrs. Warren has 11 years in leadership at the Louisiana Department of Education. As the literacy section administrator, Mrs. Warren led a statewide initiative, ensuring literacy for all. The initiative provided Louisiana school districts with scientifically based reading strategies, curricular materials and targeted intervention plans. That helped improve reading achievement rates for kindergarten to 12th grade. She also served as a deputy network leader in the largest network at the Department of Education. Mrs. Warren led school districts in the implementation of the Early Childhood Community Networks as required by Act 3.

In 2015, Mrs. Warren was recruited to lead the EBR Early Childhood Community Network. EBR is the second-largest school district in the state with an Early Childhood Network comprising 6,000 children under the age of 5. Mrs. Warren led a team of instructional coaches and support staff to provide services to child care centers, Early Head Start, Head Start, charter schools and private schools. The goal of the Early Childhood Network is to prepare children from birth to 5 years old with the essential social, emotional and academic skills to successfully begin kindergarten. The number of excellent-rated sites in the network has increased dramatically under her direction. Mrs. Warren enjoys spending time with her family and loved ones. After losing both of her parents within a two-week period, faith and quality time is of the utmost importance to her.

Andrea O'Konski

Chief of Accountability, Assessment & Evaluation

Andrea Miller O’Konski serves as the Chief Officer of Accountability, Assessment and Evaluation for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. This division of the school system oversees district, state and federal testing requirements; implementation of internal assessment programs; coordination of competitive grants; student information systems and state data reporting; student enrollment and attendance zone assignments; district accreditation; and data, information and research coordination and requests. She also represents the school system as a school board member, appointed by legislation, for Thrive Academy, a special state school located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

With over twenty-five years of service, Mrs. O’Konski has spent the greater part of her life serving the students and families of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. As a highly qualified and secondary certified English teacher, she has taught all levels of students from grades 7-12, and received numerous awards for exemplary teaching including being named as a district finalist for teacher of the year honors. With a focus on continuous improvement, data driven decision making, customer service and leading by example, Mrs. O’Konski has risen through the ranks with quality and impactful experiences as a district administrator. Prior to her current role as the district’s Chief Accountability Officer, she has proudly served in the following positions: Title I Coordinator of Instruction, Director of Elementary Programs, Executive Director for School Leadership (Elementary & High School Divisions), and Chief of Academic Programs (supervising curriculum, instruction professional development, and career and technical education departments as well as charter school portfolio management). In each of these roles, Mrs. O’Konski has a proven track record of noteworthy accomplishments with a positive impact on student achievement and organizational effectiveness.

A native of Abbeville, Louisiana, Andrea Miller O’Konski is a graduate of Louisiana State University’s Holmes Program earning a Master’s of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, both from LSU. Additionally, she holds lifelong teaching certification through continuous service and Educational Leader I, II, & III level endorsements inclusive of a superintendent certification from the Louisiana Department of Education. As a champion for all students across the district, Mrs. O’Konski believes in the quality experiences, foundational skills, academic readiness and career opportunities that the East Baton Rouge Parish School System affords to all of its students having witnessed it in both her personal and professional life. Mrs. O’Konski is the wife of a graduate of EBR schools. Together, they are the proud parents of two children.

Andrea Miller O’Konski serves as the Chief Officer of Accountability, Assessment and Evaluation for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. This division of the school system oversees district, state and federal testing requirements; implementation of internal assessment programs; coordination of competitive grants; student information systems and state data reporting; student enrollment and attendance zone assignments; district accreditation; and data, information and research coordination and requests. She also represents the school system as a school board member, appointed by legislation, for Thrive Academy, a special state school located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

With over twenty-five years of service, Mrs. O’Konski has spent the greater part of her life serving the students and families of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. As a highly qualified and secondary certified English teacher, she has taught all levels of students from grades 7-12, and received numerous awards for exemplary teaching including being named as a district finalist for teacher of the year honors. With a focus on continuous improvement, data driven decision making, customer service and leading by example, Mrs. O’Konski has risen through the ranks with quality and impactful experiences as a district administrator. Prior to her current role as the district’s Chief Accountability Officer, she has proudly served in the following positions: Title I Coordinator of Instruction, Director of Elementary Programs, Executive Director for School Leadership (Elementary & High School Divisions), and Chief of Academic Programs (supervising curriculum, instruction professional development, and career and technical education departments as well as charter school portfolio management). In each of these roles, Mrs. O’Konski has a proven track record of noteworthy accomplishments with a positive impact on student achievement and organizational effectiveness.

A native of Abbeville, Louisiana, Andrea Miller O’Konski is a graduate of Louisiana State University’s Holmes Program earning a Master’s of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, both from LSU. Additionally, she holds lifelong teaching certification through continuous service and Educational Leader I, II, & III level endorsements inclusive of a superintendent certification from the Louisiana Department of Education. As a champion for all students across the district, Mrs. O’Konski believes in the quality experiences, foundational skills, academic readiness and career opportunities that the East Baton Rouge Parish School System affords to all of its students having witnessed it in both her personal and professional life. Mrs. O’Konski is the wife of a graduate of EBR schools. Together, they are the proud parents of two children.

Marlon cousin

Interim Administrative Director of Communications & Public Relations

Biography coming soon.

Biography coming soon.

Nichola Hall

Chief of Human Resources

Ms. Hall joins our team most recently from the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Prior to her time in Bridgeport where she served on the Bridgeport Board of Education, she spent more than 15 years working in the field of leadership. Ms. Hall worked in food service and nutrition management as well as human resources both in the private and public sectors. Her work in the public sector included her role as a human resources director at the New York City Department of Education. Ms. Hall holds a bachelor’s degree from CUNY New York City College of Technology and an MBA with a focus in human resources from South University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in organizational leadership from Walden University.

Ms. Hall joins our team most recently from the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Prior to her time in Bridgeport where she served on the Bridgeport Board of Education, she spent more than 15 years working in the field of leadership. Ms. Hall worked in food service and nutrition management as well as human resources both in the private and public sectors. Her work in the public sector included her role as a human resources director at the New York City Department of Education. Ms. Hall holds a bachelor’s degree from CUNY New York City College of Technology and an MBA with a focus in human resources from South University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in organizational leadership from Walden University.

Kelly Lopez

Chief Financial Officer

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John McCann

Interim Chief of Operations

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Laura Williams

Interim Chief of Schools

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Stacey dupre

Chief Officer of Support & Special Projects

Stacey Dupre serves as the Chief Officer for Support and Special Projects in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System where she supervises the departments under the Division of Student Support. She is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a graduate of Glen Oaks High School. During her 30 years as an educator in EBRPSS, she has served as a teacher, school counselor, assistant principal, director, executive director and chief officer.

Mrs. Dupre holds a Bachelor of General Studies Degree, a Master of Education and a Education Specialist from Louisiana State University and A & M College. She is certified through the Louisiana State Department of Education in the following areas: Biology, Counselor in Secondary Schools, Guidance Counselor, Provisional Secondary School Principal, Provisional Principal, and Education Leader-Level 3 (Superintendent).

Mrs. Dupre has been recognized as a National Certified Counselor and a National Certified School Counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors since 2002. She was the first high school counselor in the district to earn this distinction. In 2020, she received her Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

Stacey Dupre has been married to John for 26 years and has a 15-year-old son, Joshua. As a lifelong resident of Louisiana, she realizes how important an education is and how great an impact an educator has on the life of a child. She is honored to have the opportunity to be part of a community dedicated to the education and betterment of the lives of our children.

Stacey Dupre serves as the Chief Officer for Support and Special Projects in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System where she supervises the departments under the Division of Student Support. She is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a graduate of Glen Oaks High School. During her 30 years as an educator in EBRPSS, she has served as a teacher, school counselor, assistant principal, director, executive director and chief officer.

Mrs. Dupre holds a Bachelor of General Studies Degree, a Master of Education and a Education Specialist from Louisiana State University and A & M College. She is certified through the Louisiana State Department of Education in the following areas: Biology, Counselor in Secondary Schools, Guidance Counselor, Provisional Secondary School Principal, Provisional Principal, and Education Leader-Level 3 (Superintendent).

Mrs. Dupre has been recognized as a National Certified Counselor and a National Certified School Counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors since 2002. She was the first high school counselor in the district to earn this distinction. In 2020, she received her Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

Stacey Dupre has been married to John for 26 years and has a 15-year-old son, Joshua. As a lifelong resident of Louisiana, she realizes how important an education is and how great an impact an educator has on the life of a child. She is honored to have the opportunity to be part of a community dedicated to the education and betterment of the lives of our children.

Amy Jones

Chief Technology Officer

A true Louisiana girl and product of public education, Amy Jones was born in Alexandria, raised in Bernice and Walker, and then raised her children in Chalmette and Baton Rouge where they attended 7 EBR schools.  She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, followed by an Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology Management from Nunez Community College, and finally obtaining a Masters of Liberal Studies in Networking, Information, and Telecommunication from Fort Hays State University, Kansas.

Amy has held CTTIE certifications to teach high school Computer Networking. At Nunez Community College, where she was an Assistant Professor of Computer Technology, she taught college/high school dual enrolment Cisco Networking Academy courses to students from Orleans and St. Bernard Parish public high schools.  While teaching at Nunez, Amy was a nominee for NISOD Teacher of the Year, assisted program accreditation through SACS and NAIT, was National Technical Honor Society Faculty Advisor, served on the curriculum committee, wrote successful technology grants, and was a member of Faculty Senate. Her industry-based certifications include CCNA, CCNP, CCAI, A+, and Network+.

Following her swift exit from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Amy relocated back to Baton Rouge and began her career with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s IT team.  She began as a Network Specialist and moved up in the ranks to Wide Area Network Specialist, Wide Area Network Manager, Program Manager of Network and Operations, Director of Management Information Systems, and currently, Chief Technology Officer.  She attributes her rise and longevity to patience, endurance, and following God’s timing in her life.

Throughout her 20+ years of service in these educational settings, Amy has continued to advocate for the advancement of not only her students, but also her peers.  Knowing that working with technology can present challenges, she strives to educate and facilitate the transfer of knowledge so that the students, faculty, staff, and families of EBR can seamlessly and transparently utilize the technology in the classrooms and offices with ease and success.  With a customer service mindset, Amy steers the helm of a richly diverse Department of Technology Services that reaches into every department and school in the district.  All pathways to education lead through technology, and with over 40 dedicated staff members covering the district’s infrastructure, hardware and software platforms for student, financial, and employee data, technology resources, district phones, and helpdesk, Amy and her dedicated team work to pave that pathway with advanced technological resources and support.  After a year of COVID-19 challenges, district leadership turnovers, and unprecedented virtual learning curves, the department looks forward to supporting the continued mission of educating our students in a fast-paced digital world.

Amy is happily married and together they have 12 children, 18 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.  She loves adventure, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.

A true Louisiana girl and product of public education, Amy Jones was born in Alexandria, raised in Bernice and Walker, and then raised her children in Chalmette and Baton Rouge where they attended 7 EBR schools.  She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, followed by an Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology Management from Nunez Community College, and finally obtaining a Masters of Liberal Studies in Networking, Information, and Telecommunication from Fort Hays State University, Kansas.

Amy has held CTTIE certifications to teach high school Computer Networking. At Nunez Community College, where she was an Assistant Professor of Computer Technology, she taught college/high school dual enrolment Cisco Networking Academy courses to students from Orleans and St. Bernard Parish public high schools.  While teaching at Nunez, Amy was a nominee for NISOD Teacher of the Year, assisted program accreditation through SACS and NAIT, was National Technical Honor Society Faculty Advisor, served on the curriculum committee, wrote successful technology grants, and was a member of Faculty Senate. Her industry-based certifications include CCNA, CCNP, CCAI, A+, and Network+.

Following her swift exit from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Amy relocated back to Baton Rouge and began her career with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s IT team.  She began as a Network Specialist and moved up in the ranks to Wide Area Network Specialist, Wide Area Network Manager, Program Manager of Network and Operations, Director of Management Information Systems, and currently, Chief Technology Officer.  She attributes her rise and longevity to patience, endurance, and following God’s timing in her life.

Throughout her 20+ years of service in these educational settings, Amy has continued to advocate for the advancement of not only her students, but also her peers.  Knowing that working with technology can present challenges, she strives to educate and facilitate the transfer of knowledge so that the students, faculty, staff, and families of EBR can seamlessly and transparently utilize the technology in the classrooms and offices with ease and success.  With a customer service mindset, Amy steers the helm of a richly diverse Department of Technology Services that reaches into every department and school in the district.  All pathways to education lead through technology, and with over 40 dedicated staff members covering the district’s infrastructure, hardware and software platforms for student, financial, and employee data, technology resources, district phones, and helpdesk, Amy and her dedicated team work to pave that pathway with advanced technological resources and support.  After a year of COVID-19 challenges, district leadership turnovers, and unprecedented virtual learning curves, the department looks forward to supporting the continued mission of educating our students in a fast-paced digital world.

Amy is happily married and together they have 12 children, 18 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.  She loves adventure, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.

Gwynn Shamlin

General Counsel

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