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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.

SHARON PREEN, M.ED., CAO/ASSISTANT HEAD OF SCHOOL
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 a meaningful curriculum and instructional methods that set high achievement expectations as well as cultivate academic curiosity.


NIKISHA KELLY, M.ED., PRINCIPAL, DR. JOHN OCHSNER DISCOVERY 
Nikisha Kelly Ms. Kelly received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana Lafayette in Apparel Design and Merchandising. Her calling to become an educator occurred while working as a warehouse manager when she realized her life had a greater purpose. Ms. Kelly earned her elementary education certification from Southern University in Baton Rouge and began working as a third-grade teacher at Jackson Elementary School in Jackson, Louisiana. While serving as a teacher, Ms. Kelly continued to grow as an educator and leader. She earned her Master’s in Education Administration from Louisiana State University. After teaching for four years, Ms. Kelly became Assistant Principal of Clinton Elementary School. After 5 years, the school received honorable mention for academic growth from an F to a C. Ms. Kelly then served as an Academic Dean at Sylvanie Williams College Prep.

Ms. Kelly joined the Discovery family in 2015, serving as a Division Head and Dean of Lower School. Currently, Ms. Kelly serves as the Director of the Discovery Education Center at Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy. Ms. Kelly is currently in the process of earning her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.

Ms. Kelly is a fellow of the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans, Leadership Jefferson, and Leading Educators of New Orleans. She is a certified CASA advocate for Jefferson Parish and a member of Rose Hill Church of Baton Rouge.
During her free time, Ms. Kelly enjoys time with family and friends, traveling, and attending professional sporting events. She is a die-hard Saints fan and has a soul saturated in Louisiana culture.