Founder, parent and educator.
Freshly graduated with a degree in elementary education in Belgium in 2005, Anne started teaching that same year in Cairo, Egypt. After 4 years, she moved to Lake Charles Louisiana where she works in a public school as a fourth grade teacher. In 2011 Anne moved to New Orleans and work since then as a teacher within the traditional system. After giving birth to her son, looking at him growing up, full of energy and curiosity, it became an evidence that something else was needed. Anne decided to “be the change” that she wanted to see and partner with her friends to create Dat School! Her main goal is to see children growing up naturally happy!
Founder, CEO: Beloved Community
Blog: One Good Question, https://rhondabroussard.com/
Rhonda Broussard founded Beloved Community to create sustainable paths to equitable schools and communities. Her vision for Beloved Community is informed by her education leadership and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s goal “ to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.”
Rhonda has been a leader in diversity and international education initiatives throughout her career. In 2007, she founded St. Louis Language Immersion Schools (SLLIS), a charter management serving an intentionally diverse school community with language immersion and International Baccalaureate pedagogy for all students. Under Rhonda’s leadership, the the first three schools in the network became IB World Authorized Schools, and SLLIS achieved an AYP of 92%, equivalent to Accreditation with Distinction from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Rhonda served as President of SLLIS until June 2015.
Rhonda is a Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow and an Eisenhower Fellow. She completed her undergraduate studies in French and Secondary Education at Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Arts degree in French Studies from New York University’s Institute of French Studies. Rhonda and her bilingual family live in her native Louisiana where she studies, performs, and occasionally teaches dances from the African diaspora.
As a parent of a second-grader, I am just getting my feet wet in the public school system in New Orleans. My child has already attended two different public schools. While there are things about both of theses schools that I found valuable, they both lack something major - the ability for my son to learn in ways that make sense to him. Even from the age of 4 I have had to answer questions repeatedly on why he can't learn and talk at the same time, or why he and his classmates have to sit in their chairs so much. Children learn through movement, play and curiosity. Dat School's principal ideas revolve around the belief that children are naturally curious and born learners. I want to give my child, and others in New Orleans, the opportunity to learn how they want and to grow into free-thinking, problem-solving individuals. When I heard about Dat School, I knew I had to get involved to ensure that a place like this exists for kids in New Orleans.
Marion has been an elementary school teacher for 13 years. Originally from Belgium, she has adopted New Orleans as her home 9 years ago. She is involved in several social and cultural activities and organizations. On behalf of Dat School, Marion is a 4.0 Schools Tiny Fellowship alumna. A life-long and avid learner, she has traveled to many countries and visited alternative schools in different parts of the world.