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Kelsey Lambrecht set to found Collegiate Baton Rouge

Kelsey Lambrecht (GNO ’09) is the founding School Leader for Collegiate Baton Rouge. As a special education teacher and Director of Intervention, Kelsey helped to found several special programs for Collegiate, examples include:

  • Essentials Skills: a high school program for students with significant intellectual disabilities.
  • Opportunities Academy: an 18-21 program for individuals with moderate to severe disabilities, focused on ensuring rigorous outcomes for all learners.

These programs, along with other special education and intervention services Kelsey helped found, have been profiled in several national publications. Recently the Louisiana Department of Education asked Collegiate Academies to write an implementation guide so that other schools in Louisiana can replicate these programs. Kelsey is first and foremost an excellent teacher herself. For her work in the classroom, Kelsey was selected as a finalist for the Teach for America Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and was named to the Honor Roll for TNTPs Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice. Her teaching has been highlighted by Doug Lemov, author of Teach Like a Champion, who says that Kelsey and her students “offer a powerful demonstration of the art of the possible.” You can see her award winning teaching video here.

Kelsey was a 2009 Greater New Orleans Teach for America corps member. She attended Concordia University in Seward, NE, where she completed a B.A. in psychology and behavioral science. Kelsey received her M.Ed. in Special Education Significant Disabilities from the University of New Orleans.

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