New Beginnings Schools Foundation Appoints Stewart As Interim CEO

Juaquana C. Stewart

NEW ORLEANS – New Beginnings Schools Foundation (NBSF) has appointed Juaquana C. Stewart as its Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Stewart has served as the Chief Academic Officer for the charter network since 2013 and has been a member of the NBSF leadership for nine years. She will assume her new position on July 1, 2016.

         “Ms. Stewart has knowledge of the network and will provide the needed stability and continuity to our organization as we continue our search for a permanent CEO,” said Leslie Bouie, NBSF Board Chair. “She is an experienced educator and is also actively involved in the transformational efforts currently underway within the network. The selection of Ms. Stewart was an easy decision for our Executive Committee.”

         Stewart has dedicated the past 17 years of her life to educating the children of New Orleans. During her career, Stewart has served as a high school and middle school teacher, and in several leadership capacities. She holds certifications in the areas of English, Journalism, Educational Leadership, Teacher Leader, and Superintendent.

         “I am truly humbled and honored to be selected to serve in this capacity,” said Stewart. “I am eager to continue to work with our amazing students, staff, parents, and the community to maintain our momentum of academic growth.”

         Stewart earned a Masters in Urban Education and Educational Leadership from Southern University at New Orleans and the University of New Orleans. Stewart is a member of the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans and the Harvard Principal’s Center. She also serves as a member of the Louisiana Charter Schools Research Alliance Committee. She was recently selected to participate in the Principal’s Fellows program with the Louisiana Department of Education in partnership with the National Institute of School Leadership.

         New Beginnings Schools Foundation is a charter network founded by James Meza, Jr. in 2004. Since then, schools have grown to include Pierre A. Capdau Charter School, Medard H. Nelson Charter School, Gentilly Terrace Charter School, and Lake Area New Tech Early College High School. New Beginnings' mission is to provide a safe, inclusive environment that promotes partnerships with parents, students, and the community to produce life-long learners and critical thinkers, providing meaning lessons that will make students successful in college and careers.

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