EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
PATTY GLASER, PH.D., CEO/HEAD OF SCHOOL
Dr. Glaser opens and grows schools! Creating schools to match community needs is her passion; especially schools that serve all kinds of learners. Dr. Glaser’s dynamic career includes more than 20 years of school leadership experience and 18 years as a speech language pathologist. Dr. Glaser, a proud native of New Orleans, earned a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans. Dr. Glaser is the Founding Head of School and CEO of Discovery Schools. Prior to serving Discovery, Dr. Glaser held leadership roles at Lusher Charter School and Holy Rosary Academy & High School. Dr. Glaser is the recipient of the Christopher Columbus Award for finding new solutions to community problems and also a member of the University of New Orleans College of Education & Human Performance Hall of Fame. Dr. Glaser is the recipient of the Bureau of Governmental Research Innovation Award for Excellence in Government Awards honoring extraordinary local and state government employees and private citizens in the New Orleans area.
Dr. Glaser’s doctoral work is in designing curriculum for charter schools. She has been the lead writer for 5 community charters from start-up to full approval. As Head of School at Discovery Schools, Dr. Glaser’s goal is to grow a charter school network with an expert faculty, a vibrant community, and enthusiastic students.
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
SHARON PREEN, M.ED.
Ms. Preen earned a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Special Education from the University of New Orleans. Her undergraduate degree is in History with a Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification from Tulane University. For over 15 years, she has worked in schools with a diverse population of learners and a wide range of students with special needs and abilities. Ms. Preen’s mission at Kenner Discovery has been to develop meaningful curriculum and instructional methods that sets high achievement expectations as well as cultivate academic curiosity.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
DON WHEAT, CPA
Mr. Don Wheat oversees Discovery Schools finance team, ensuring that the Central Office and all schools have the financial tools, information, and resources necessary to honor our mission while following all compliance guidelines and industry best practices. Mr. Wheat brings 20 years of experience to Discovery Schools having previously worked in the public accounting sector specializing in auditing governmental entities, non-profits, construction companies, and employee benefit plans. Mr. Wheat is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP). Mr. Wheat earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Louisiana State University. In his personal time, Don enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren, motorsports, soccer, and enjoying everything New Orleans has to offer.
DIRECTOR OF CULTURE
Michael Kennedy Jr., Ph.D.
Dr. Kennedy earned a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Educational Supervision and Administration. He also has a Master of Public Administration from Louisiana State University and a Master of Art in Teaching from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. This is Dr. Kennedy’s third year with Kenner Discovery and his commitment to student success spans over 10 years. While functioning as the Dean of Students, he is loved by students and families for his positive and motivating discipline strategies. Dr. Kennedy’s mission is to serve and support students and families to ensure student success.