Faculty and Staff

Donna M. Johnson, Ed.D., Administrative Assistant Professor & Director || || 7039 Freret St. Ste. 206 || (504) 865-5334

Dr. Johnson, is an educator, administrator, and researcher with a decade of experience in P through 16 - education. She began her teaching career at the renowned Central Park East Secondary School in New York City, one of the nation's first teacher – run schools, and the epicenter of 1990s progressive educational reform and innovation. She then joined the Diversity and Equity Working for Excellent Education for Youth (DEWEY) team at the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST). There she served as a leader and technical advisor to district and school personnel in a group of suburban districts undergoing educational reform leading to equitable and excellent schools and improved achievement outcomes for all students, particularly those from historically underserved communities. Johnson served on the development teams for what became the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the New York State Partnership for Learning, and the New Standard's Project. While serving on the latter she contributed to the development of a prototype for the nation's first student portfolio assessment system.  Dr. Johnson spent the next phase of her career working as a teacher, teacher - leader/coach/mentor, school and district leaders, school developer, and as a district trainer/specialist. The New York City Department of Education designated her as being a High Quality Teacher in 2010.

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Holly Bell, Ph. D., Coordinator for Assessment & Accreditation || || 7039 Freret St. Ste. 207 || (504) 247-1621

Dr. Holly Bell has taught Education Practicum, Introduction to Special Education, Art for Elementary School Teachers, and Introduction to Education classes as well as Early Childhood methods courses at the College level in Louisiana and Texas.  She has presented at National and State conferences on various topics surrounding Early Childhood Education including NAEYC and NCTE.  She is certified in Louisiana to teach kindergarten and the elementary grades, and music K through 12th grade.  Her twelve-plus years of service in education include early childhood, elementary, middle school, and post-secondary classrooms.  Her doctoral research focused on the assessment of home environments and their effect on early childhood development and literacy acquisition.  Dr. Bell serves as chair of the advisory committee for the New Orleans Literacy Institute, and has recently helped to create a statewide early childhood family literacy program for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities titled PRIME TIME Preschool.   

Margaret Dermody, Ph.D., Professor of Practice || || 7039 Freret St. Ste. 205 || (504) 247-1620

Dr. Dermody has been a faculty member in Literacy Education at both Loyola University and Holy Cross College and served as an Educational Consultant and Instructor at the University of New Orleans where she worked in a family assessment of students with academic and behavioral differences. Her focus areas are urban literacy, emergent literacy, assessment & remediation, and educational technology. Her teaching experiences include kindergarten, elementary, moderate and severe special education, and higher education.

Carol Whelan, Ph.D., Professor of Practice || || 7039 Freret St. Ste. 202 || (504) 865-5341

Dr. Whelan has served as an assistant state superintendent and state director of technology for Louisiana. She has been a faculty member at both The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and LSU, working with teacher education programs in the area of early childhood education. Her focus areas are early childhood education and educational technology, having worked as an elementary teacher, counselor and testing specialist.

Monique Maheia Hodges, Program Specialist || || 7039 Freret St. Ste. 201 || (504) 865-5342

Mrs. Hodges' primary areas of interest are marketing, accounting and technology maintenance. Her past experience included training staff members and implementing marketing and merchandising directives for major retailers. She is currently assisting with the program’s data management and coordinating marketing plans to recruit students and advertise TPCP to the community and country.


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