Lacrecia, owner and CEO of theEduProject, has been in the education field for 19 years serving in many capacities; a classroom teacher, Academic Dean, Math Coordinator, District Curriculum Coordinator, District/ School Curriculum Specialist, District STEM Coordinator, District Title I coordinator, STEM/Innovation Director, and High Principal. She lives to inspire, motivate, change, and impact student lives by offering them a greater future through the lens of education.
Rochelle Washington Scott is an administrator and motivational speaker who specializes in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and learning. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative learning experiences, K- 5 literacy programs, culturally responsive teaching, alternative education, professional learning and community building.
Natalie is a Lead Coach at the Eduproject. She now serves as an Assessment Coordinator and Instructor at Southern University and A&M College. Natalie believes that it is imperative for educators to develop the whole child. Educators must value and infuse all aspects of physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development into teaching to provide the best learning experiences for students.
Allowed the opportunity to excel further and extend student educational studies, Lacrecia implemented the first Cyber Engineering Academy in Louisiana. Through research and curriculum development she was able to extend her professional studies though this experience. Having implemented Project Based Learning at every level (teacher, administrator, and district), her hope is to bring the knowledge and insight gained through these various educational experiences to the Buck Institute to build upon and share the importance and process of Project Based Learning.
Lacrecia has been recognized as Teacher of the Year, Recognized Teacher by Carnegie Learning for participation in a RAND study for showing significant gains, and is a STEM Trainer. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership, and is currently pursuing on a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus on Administration.
During her 14 years in education, Rochelle has served both traditional elementary and alternative education. In 2016, she took on a role as a literacy coordinator for the district supporting 42 elementary schools and literacy teachers. Rochelle has served in several capacities during her tenure in education such as instructional specialist, elementary principal, Eureka Math Trainer, 21st Century School Facilitator, Arts Integration Specialist and district support specialist.
Rochelle is called to change the lives of educators and students by supporting them through innovative frameworks in education. As an alternative school administrator, Rochelle has been focused on shifting the culture of Minority Students in education. She has coined the phrase, “Change the Culture! Change the Mind!” Rochelle has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, and is pursuing a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.
Natalie has experience working in urban educational settings spanning public, charter, and HBCUs in Louisiana. Natalie has held many roles including classroom teacher, grade level chair person, instructional specialist, assistant dean, assistant professor and assessment coordinator. In each role, Natalie has always employed best teaching practices. Using a growth mindset, she has made high achievement an expectation for students and faculty.
Natalie has received several awards in her tenure as an educator including ETS certificate of Excellence and Teacher of the Year. She holds a BS in Elementary Education, and a MS degree in Educational Leadership. Natalie’s certifications include Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, and Educational Leadership. Natalie has written and received several program and grants from the state of Louisiana including the Birth to Kindergarten Ancillary Program/Grant, SHEEO Program/Grant and the Louisiana Mentor Teacher Program/Grant.
Natalie has a passion for working with students farthest from opportunity. She is committed to providing all students with an equitable and culturally relevant education.