I am the president of the Treme Charter School Association (TCSA), a community organization that operates McDonogh 42 Elementary Charter School in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am also a retired area superintendent and principal who worked more than 32 years in the New Orleans Public Schools until Hurricane Katrina's flooding and a state takeover closed many of the schools. In addition, I have served as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of New Orleans and Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, and am now the chief executive officer of a consulting company, A+ Professional Educators Inc. I am the mother of two young adults and the wife of a Tulane University English professor.