Where it all Started
Louisiana became the flagship site for Leading Educators’ original teacher leadership development program in 2008.
Since then, our model has evolved to provide customized, instructional improvement support and custom professional learning design to a network of single- and multi-site charter management organizations (CMOs). Leading Educators is uniquely prepared to support state-wide efforts to implement Tier 1 curricula and aligned collaborative planning time. Using an inquiry-based model, LE supports instructional leaders to plan and facilitate weekly or biweekly collaborative planning in schools to expand opportunity for students.
Meet the Team
Senior Director of Networks
Louisiana Program Manager
Instructional Leadership Coach
About Sara Neal
Sara is an alumnus of the inaugural Leading Educators class of fellows in New Orleans and brings 20 years of experience working in education. She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.Ed from Teacher's College at Columbia University.
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About Lenna Assaf
Previously, Lenna served as Program Manager for YouthForce NOLA where she led the operations and logistics for an internship program for rising high school seniors focused on career-readiness. Before that, she served as the Dean of Enrichment at Akili Academy of New Orleans where she led the vision and daily execution of the school’s enrichment classes.
Lenna holds a B.A. in World Arts and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles, with minors in Education and LGBT Studies. She lives in New Orleans, LA and spends her free time being creative in the kitchen, crafting costumes for Mardi Gras, and sharing New Orleans culture with all of her friends and family who regularly visit.
About Kelsey McLachlan
Kelsey’s career in education began as a teacher in Chicago Public Schools. After moving back to New Orleans, Kelsey worked for Teach for America coaching grade 3-8 teachers in all subjects. In 2011, Kelsey became the Founding Assistant Principal at KIPP Leadership Primary and remained there until the school was fully founded.
Kelsey holds an M.S. in Education from Northwestern University, a B.A. in Theater from Tulane University, and a High School Drama degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Born in North Carolina, Kelsey now calls the charming city of New Orleans home and gets to enjoy the wonders of it with her husband and two amazing kids.
About April Sandolph
Prior to her current role at Leading Educators, April was a Math Content Lead with Instruction Partners. April made her way to New Orleans by way of KIPP New Orleans, where she had been an assistant principal but itching to focus more time on math instruction every day. Prior to that, she was a math department lead, academic data analyst, instructional coach, academic dean, and eventually director of Uplift Mighty Preparatory in Fort Worth, Texas.
April holds a Master's in Educational Leadership from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Hollins University.
How Can We Support You?
Leading Educators supports the Louisiana Department of Education Tier 1 curriculum initiative and offers partnerships aligned to the Strong Start Professional Development Categories-Virtual Offerings.
Get in touch with us to learn how we can support your schools’ goals.