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Mindy McConnell, Principal 
Ajo

Ms. Mindy is a passionate special education leader who is committed to ensuring that all students with exceptionalities receive a high quality and individualized education. When she is not geeking out on reading laws and policies, Ms. Mindy can be found on a fun adventure with her son or planning her fantasy football line-up. She is a native New Orleanian and alumna of Northwestern State University and Thomas Cooley Law School.  Ms. Mindy is honored to be a founding member of the Bridge Middle School and looks forward to providing a safe, caring, and meaningful educational experience for our students.

Cortland Henry, Assistant Principal
Ajo

Mr. Cortland holds a BS from Mississippi Vally State University and in his spare time is a professional football player with the Louisiana Lightning.  He enjoys the opportunity to build relationships with students and help them reach their goals.

Danielle Beard, Lead Teacher 
"I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things." -- Mother Teresa 
Audie
Do you believe in Magic? Well after spending some time with Ms. Danielle, you will. She believes that every human on earth, like all living things, has been created for a purpose. It is our job to believe in the magic of the universe, step out on faith and find our purpose. Hers is simple, to spread love and light to all she meets. After 15 years of teaching in various settings she knows her my passion will always be to work with children who need her most, like Mary Poppins but with Timberlands on, and two Rottweilers by her side!
Audie Cerrato, Classroom Counselor
"The teacher is no longer merely the-one-who-teaches, but one who is him/herself taught in dialogue with the students, who in turn while being taught also teach. They become jointly responsible for a process in which all grow." --- Paulo Freire
Audie
Mr. Audie is passionate about reading, Arsenal football club, and Saints football. He wants to travel the world and someday get a PhD in psychology.
Dominique Elphage, Therapist
"Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself."  
Paul
Mrs. Elphage studied psychology and school counseling, and she has the pleasure of helping our students grow academically and focus on their social emotional needs. She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and playing board games.
Darryl Evans, Assistant Dean 
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." Walt Disney
 
Darryl
Mr. Evans is a New Orleans native who's dream is to see the world. So far he's off to a good start.
Carshanda Goffner, Classroom Counselor
"No amount of money will ever be enough, pick something you like to do and do that."  
Nicole
Ms. Goffner was born and raised in the lower 9th ward. She graduated from L. E. Rabouin Career Magnet High School with a high school diploma and a License in cosmetology. While working in a salon after high school, she enrolled in SUNO and graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice. Upon graduating she began working full time in the court system, where she developed a relationship with many youths in the community.
Donna Jackson, Therapeutic Director 
"It always seems impossible until it's done!"  
Nicole
Jade Johnson, Classroom Counselor 
"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think"  
Nicole
Kristin McConnell, Lead Teacher 
"My hope emerges from those places of struggle where I witness individuals positively transforming their lives and the world around them. Educating is a vocation rooted in hopefulness." - bell hooks
Kristin
Ms. Kristin has taught 7th & 8th grade since 2014, in Panola County, Mississippi and New Orleans. She has a Masters in Biology from Northern Illinois University and in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Mississippi. Her favorite part of her job is listening to her students and helping them recognize and embrace their own greatest qualities. She's known for living with a lot of animals, her dramatic storytelling, and her love of Little Richard.
Bernette Tolston, Lead Teacher 
"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." -- Malcolm X
Tolston
Ms. Tolston is a fun-loving person that believes life is what you make it.