David Schexnaydre Jr., an assistant principal at Destrehan High School, has been selected to join the Louisiana Educator Voice Fellowship. Schexnaydre will receive a $3,000 stipend, all-expenses-paid visits to industry sites inside and outside Louisiana that highlight the changing economy and nature of work in the 21st century, an opportunity for dialogue with statewide decision makers, and additional recognition for his role in creating the career readiness resources.
The Louisiana Educator Voice Fellowship is a partnership between American Achieves, a national non-profit and leader in educational innovation, and the Louisiana Department of Education.
Schexnaydre, 33, is in his 13th year as a St. Charles Parish Public Schools employee. He was a teacher at R.K. Smith Middle School for seven years, where he was school’s Teacher of the Year in 2009 and the Louisiana Middle School Association’s Most Outstanding Teacher in 2011.
He was then appointed as an assistant principal at J.B. Martin Middle School, where he served for four years prior to being promoted to Destrehan High School for the 2016-17 school year.
Schexnaydre is a 2001 graduate of Destrehan High School, where he attended prior to receiving his Bachelor’s at Louisiana State University and Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans.
His doctoral work at the University of New Orleans won the Louisiana Educational Research Association’s 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Research Paper Award as the top education dissertation in the state, and was included in the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., in 2016.
The selective program provides an opportunity for Louisiana educators to learn first-hand about the rapidly changing economy and workforce demands and the implications for career readiness education. Fellows work with state leaders and industry experts to learn about the shifts in the Louisiana economy and changing set of skills, competencies, knowledge, and preparation that students need to be successful in the 21st century.
This work will result in a new career readiness course, which will be piloted in the 2018-19 school year and phased in across the state by 2020-21.
The Fellowship runs from September of 2017 until December of 2018.