The Tomorrow’s Teachers Series celebrates the students and teachers of New Orleans’ “Grow Your Own” programs, a part of the state’s “Grow Your Own” Initiative. These initiatives seek to find great teachers locally, developing communities’ young people to become educators in their own school system. At NSNO, we are raising funds to support these programs. Currently, three New Orleans schools – Booker T. Washington High School, John F. Kennedy High School, and Warren Easton Charter High School are involved. We hope the work can expand to more high schools soon, as we feel it is a crucial part of finding strong new teachers and ending the crisis in teacher recruitment and retention in our city. 

 In this series, we will highlight current New Orleans public school students who are part of this program, as well as the teachers helping them prepare for that future. We’ll also meet school team members, like paraprofessionals, who are preparing for roles as full-time teachers.  

Scarlet Cornelius: KIPP New Orleans

Scarlet Cornelius is the director of post-secondary strategy and programming at KIPP New Orleans. Cornelius leads a cohort of students that are a part of the KIPP New Orleans Schools Alumni Teaching Force. While in the program, students get the chance to test out a career in education. They are student-teachers while in high school and continue the program in college with summer teaching internships led by Scarlet, her team, and partner schools. You can learn more about Ms. Cornelius and the bright future educators she teaches here.

Booker T. Washington: Kierra Daniels and Kenyel Johnson

Kierra Daniels and Kenyel Johnson are Booker T. Washington alums that are looking forward to becoming future educators in New Orleans. They are both members of the KIPP Alumni Teaching Force. Daniels and Johnson are on track to do amazing things for the next generation of youth. You can learn more about these young ladies here.

Warren Easton Charter High School: Destinee Jolly and Jasmine Mulder

Warren Easton Charter High School seniors, Destinee Jolly and Jasmine Mulder are exploring the school’s pre-education pathway. Both young ladies dedicate their time to helping with the kindergarten class at Morris Jeff Elementary School, while also lending a helping hand to Warren Easton’s freshman academy. Their passion for education started with each young lady’s parents, and they are picking up the torch. You can learn more about these promising soon to be graduates here.