hand%20painting_edited.jpg

ABOUT US

Greater New Orleans Member-at-large Runoff Election

ELECTIONS

Kathleen Huff

Member-at-Large

Greater New Orleans

Born in New Orleans, by the age of 4 years moved to St. Bernard Parish where I still reside today. Married for 39 years with 3 grown children. Attended UNO for Plus 30 hours in Education:  Elementary, Early Childhood, Special Education. Attended Xavier University for Leadership. I have served as Teacher, on Administrative Teams, on SPED Administration Team, as Principal, as Early Childcare Director and Owner, and as Community College Faculty.  Presently I am Program Manager for Care and Development of Young Children and Teaching Grades 1-5 at Nunez Community College in St. Bernard Parish.

Why are you interested in this role?

I first joined NAEYC when I was in college in Education. Since then I have worked in public and parochial schools in St. Bernard and St. Charles Parishes, owned and directed a childcare center, initiated the Early Childhood Program at Nunez and now returned as a Program Manager for CDYC and Teaching Grades 1-5.

image0 - Kathleen Huff.jpeg

Melissa Johnson is an educational consultant, coach, and instructor. Melissa has worked in the field of early childhood education in various roles for over seven years. She has worked both inside and outside of the classroom, serving as a teacher, administrator, coach, advisor and consultant. She has previously worked with Jefferson Parish School Board and the Picard Center for Child Development.

Melissa received her bachelor's degree in Psychology, her master’s degree in early childhood education, and is currently a doctoral student in early childhood education. She is a state certified PreK-3rd teacher as well as CLASS certified for Infant, Toddler, and Pre-K. In addition, Melissa has completed the Education Policy Fellowship through the Institute of Educational Leadership and has presented virtually at the 2021 Louisiana Early Childhood Association Annual Conference. Melissa’s breadth of experience, coupled with her passion for seeing the field appreciated for its undeniable necessity makes her an ideal candidate for the LAAEYC executive board.

Why are you interested in this role?

I believe that high-quality early childhood education is a vital part of supporting optimal developmental outcomes for young children. Being a part of such an impactful organization will allow me the opportunity to collaborate with others in an effort to enhance early childhood education in Louisiana. In developing collaborative stakeholder partnerships, and providing useful resources to our communities, I will be a valuable asset to the board as a board member and a solid voice for our communities. My contributions to the board will be reinforced by my experience as a teacher, coach, and trainer. My passion for early childhood education inspires me to be a life-long learner and to advocate for the needs of this profession and the amazing men and women who are committed to this field.

Melissa Johnson

Member-at-Large

Greater New Orleans

Headshot- Melissa Johnson - Melissa Johnson.JPG