LAFAYETTE — The group Power of Public Education Lafayette recently created an advisory council of educators, parents and community activists to guide the nonprofit’s efforts to promote effective public education for all in the parish.
“The advisory council will expand our outreach and guide our direction,” said Toby Daspit, the organization’s president.
Daspit, an associate professor of educational curriculum and instruction at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, said in a news release that the group is happy to have educators, civic leaders and even students getting involved as advisers.
Members of the PPEL Advisory Council are as follows:
Kenneth Boudreaux, Lafayette City-Parish Council member for District 4
Hanna Brinkhaus, a licensed clinical social worker and mental health consultant with Quality Start and the Family Tree, specializing in early childhood education
Patricia Colbert-Cormier, a longtime science educator for the Lafayette Parish School System and education consultant
Rodolfo Espinoza, a national board-certified teacher of secondary social studies and president of the Lafayette Parish Association of Educators
Melinda Mangham, a retired English and gifted education teacher and owner of Mangham Academic Planning Services
Parisa Memarian-Liu, a staff member of Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults
Mandy Migues, a French teacher for the Lafayette Parish School System and president of FrancoJeunes, a young professionals organization that promotes French culture
Jim Meredith, community activist and co-founder of the Good Government League of Louisiana
John Newman, a local pastor and co-founder of New Hope Community Development of Acadiana, a faith-based, after-school tutoring program in the Azalea Park neighborhood
Robert Slater, a UL-Lafayette education professor who directs the doctoral program in educational leadership and coordinates research development for the Cecil J. Picard Center
Dana Stachowiak, a UL-Lafayette assistant professor of diversity/multicultural education
Sarah Walker, an active member of Lafayette Parish parent-teacher organizations, past chairwoman for the Community Coalition of Lafayette Parish Public Schools and current member of the city-parish’s Committee for Future Needs
Mary Washington, a retired Lafayette Parish teacher who is a former member of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and past president of the Louisiana Association of Educators
Katie Woodling, a Lafayette Parish early childhood special education teacher.
The nonprofit group organized earlier this year and has hosted public forums to engage residents in conversations on public education issues. The next forum, “The School Performance Score: How does it affect our children?” is planned for 6 p.m. Monday at the Clifton Chenier Center auditorium.