Kyle Finke

Louisiana Resource Center for Educators, an education library and teacher training center based in Baton Rouge, is announcing only the second executive director in its nearly two-decade history.

Kyle Finke, who has been director of LRCE’s alternative teaching program, Teach!, is being promoted to the top job. He is replacing founding leader, Nancy Roberts, who announced this past summer she is retiring from the organization she founded in 1998. Roberts' last day is set for Oct. 27.

LRCE sent out a news release Thursday morning about Finke’s appointment to the lead the organization.

Finke was selected by LRCE’s board of directors after a search. Finke said the board selected him as its executive director at a Sept. 19 meeting.

Molly Quirk Alexander, chairwoman of LRCE’s board, said in the release that she’s excited that Finke will be taking over and leading the organization to the “next level.”

“LRCE is a vital part of the education community and Kyle is capable of continuing the tradition of delivering high quality direction and service to teachers across the state,” Alexander said.

LRCE’s Teach!, which started in 2003, is one of the largest alternative certification programs in Louisiana with more than 1700 teacher alumni.

“I am extremely excited and humbled to continue the incredible education mission that LRCE embodies throughout the state.” Finke said in the release.

Before joining LRCE, Finke was the managing director of teacher leadership development for Teach For America South Louisiana. He has also held positions with the The New Teacher Project, which is an alternative certification program and an offshoot of Teach For America, and he spent seven years as a science teacher at Broadmoor Middle School in Baton Rouge. During his classroom days, he became a Louisiana Math & Science Teaching Initiative fellow through LSU’s Cain Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Literacy.

During Roberts' tenure, LRCE’s library has grown from 5,000 to more than 110,000 titles at its office on Florida Boulevard. LRCE lends these titles to public, private and home-school educators alike. LRCE also offers regular teacher training in a variety of areas.

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