JCFA-East

September 2015 Newsletter

2014-15 Recap

Before diving into the ins and outs of what's happening on our campus this year, I'd like to take a minute to give a brief recap of the 2014-15 school year. We couldn't be more proud of what our students accomplished last year.
  • 32 students graduated
  • 121 students earned a total of 600+ credits
  • Over 90% of students passed their high stakes End of Course exams.
Our students, faculty, and staff are doing great work and we intend to maintain our positive momentum in the upcoming year.

What We're Excited About for 2015-16

Our New Space!

JCFA-East finally has a dedicated space of its own and we welcomed students to the new Jefferson Highway location on August 4th. Our larger space gives us the opportunity to:
  • Expand our enrollment to approximately 160 students! If you know a student who would be a good fit for our program, please refer him/her to Mrs. Dee at 504-410-3280. Interested students are also invited to our 9/2 Open House from 1pm-6pm.
  • Add additional extra-curricular programs such as Youth Run NOLA
  • Welcome new faculty and staff

We'll host an open house for parents and prospective students Wednesday, September 2nd, from 1pm - 6pm so that you can tour the new space and meet the newest members of our team!

The JCFA-East Community Garden

JCFA-East has been awarded a $5000 National Farm to School Mini Seed Change Grant. We will use the funding to start a school community garden that will be planned and maintained by students. Parents who are interested in volunteering their time and/or expertise to the garden should contact Natalie Istre at natalie.istre@jcfa.us


The Seed Change grant is made possible by a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation, which shares the National Farm to School Network's Committment to improving child and community health through innovative partnerships.

Improved Parent Input/Engagement

Our new space will translate into additional opportunities for parent engagement. We will be starting a parent council in 2015-16 as a way to improve our connection with our students' support systems. Interested parents should contact Jolie Saputo at jolie.saputo@jcfa.us.

New Faculty/Staff

Lisa Brown

Ms. Lisa T. Brown has always had a passion for science and mathematics and loves introducing her students to the joys of learning. She began her teaching career in 2004 with New Orleans Public Schools and has been a Mathematics Faculty member with the University of Phoenix since 2011. Raised in New Orleans, she completed all of her education there as well. Ms. Lisa earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Southern University of New Orleans and worked as a chemist for six years prior to teaching. After completing her undergraduate degree, Ms. Lisa lived in Atlanta for three years where she worked for the Centers for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as an Analytical Chemist. Lisa returned to New Orleans in 2002 and began her teaching career shortly afterwards. After making the transition to teaching, Ms. Lisa earned a Master's of Arts in Teaching degree from Xavier University in 2009. In her spare time, Ms. Lisa enjoys reading and traveling with her family. Her life is shared with three great children and a cat.

Taylor Rusich

After graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Ms. Taylor Rusich completed a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling at Our Lady of Holy Cross College. Upon graduation Ms. Rusich began working for Communities in Schools of Greater New Orleans, a nonprofit that focuses on working hand and hand with the schools, communities, and families to surround students with a caring and supportive network to help them stay in school and achieve their goals. Ms. Rusich is passionate about CIS and is dedicated to carrying out this mission at JCFA-East. Ms. Rusich has experience working with a wide range of students and she has fallen in love with helping to find what inspires and motivates them to reach their potential.

Kenneth Robichaux

Mr. Kenneth Robichaux is one of our two Math Instructors on the East Bank campus. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and has been with our organization for four years. Mr. Kenneth was born and raised in New Orleans is is immediately able to relate to many of our students. He has a deep passion for teaching and taking any opportunity to better our youth. He is also part of our school's Youth Run program as one of the coaches leading the JCFA-East run team. Mr. Kenneth's ultimate plan is to grow with the organization and possibly move into an administrative role in one of the new schools planned to open within the next few years.

Joe Murphy

Mr. Joe Murphy joins us as the Communities in Schools of Greater New Orleans Americorps Volunteer for JCFA East this school year. Mr. Murphy hails from Durham, NC and is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro. Though Mr. Murphy loves the food and music cultures in New Orleans, he will always be a Panthers fan.

Important Dates

  • October 1st - Deadline for new student enrollment