"I am part of all that I have met."
- Lord Alfred Tennyson
At a recent LAPCS conference I met Ronicka Briscoe, the current Assistant Principal at Andrew Wilson Charter School. We sparked up a conversation about restorative practices and she invited me to come visit her school
when we returned to New Orleans from Baton Rouge. When I visited, I was very appreciative of the school and staff culture, including the wraparound services available for students and families. A few weeks later, when I was invited to interview for the board, I was already familiar with the school.
Why did you say yes when asked to serve?
I accepted the call to serve on the board because I really believed in the potential of the school, and wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to directly support them.
What was compelling about the opportunity?
As I mentioned, Wilson is a school that truly takes a holistic approach to education. It is a community school, in the realest sense, and the comprehensive support available for students, families, and members of the broader neighborhood.
What leadership roles have you had while serving on the board?
I serve as Board Secretary and Chair of the Academic Excellence Committee.
"With his background in elementary education and his dedication, Ross is already proving to be a valuable addition to our board. It's critical that potential board members know that board membership requires time and commitment; Ross understands that," says David Winkler-Schmit, Board President.
Located in New Orleans, Andrew H. Wilson Charter School is a Type 5 charter school in the heart of Broadmoor. The vision of the school is to provide a challenging, enriching, and meaningful curriculum that educates, nurtures, and respects the individual student and the diverse community of learners in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning.
The Top Shelf
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