Coordinator, Corps Culture, Communication, and Systems
Teach For America - Greater New Orleans – Louisiana Delta
Tell us about yourself. How did you come to Tulane?
I'm originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, and came to Tulane in the fall of 2005. I was excited about the culture and history of New Orleans as well as Tulane’s prestige and all of the opportunities available to its students. After Katrina, I was moved by the courage and resilience of the people of New Orleans, and, through the rebuilding and education reform movement, I have found my home here.
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science – International Relations 2009
What do you do?
· Manage ongoing corps communication for over 350 first- and second-year teachers
· Build and support a corps culture among TFA teachers in Greater New Orleans that is inclusive and celebratory
· Empower CM leadership
· Manage various systems on the Teacher Leadership Development team, including the budget, retention, and AmeriCorps enrollment
· Manage regional program project logistics, including Induction, First 8 Weeks, and all corps TLD Conferences.
What are some of the pros of your current position or role?
I'm humbled by the opportunity to work alongside such brilliant, dedicated, and true students, families, teachers, and other leaders in education reform. We are experiencing such an exciting renaissance, and education is at the center of everything. I also love the idea of building a strong culture of teachers through communication, professional development, and support, and that culture will help them have an impact on the children of New Orleans.
What insights did you have during your college years?
I had an internship with the Orleans Public Defenders as an Intern Investigator during my senior year. It was such a cool and eye-opening experience for me. I realized that although I may pursue a career in law someday, at the moment I’m more interested in investing my energy and innovation in prevention. That's why I applied to Teach for America, and that's a large part of what motivates me on a daily basis.
What academic advice would you offer to incoming first-year students?
Make flexible long-term plans and strive to maintain a balanced schedule so you won’t have to pack in a bunch of classes at once. Also, get in touch with others in your major and find out what worked for them.
Any other recommendations?
· Build relationships and take advantage of everything on and off of campus! There are many excellent opportunities that you’ll have to do a little digging to find, but they’re there.
· Talk to upperclassmen and professors and get advice on everything. Four years is a really short time – make it count!
· Don't be afraid to pursue what you love doing, even if it's not in your initial degree plan. If you're doing what you love, you will figure out a career path.
LinkedIn: Chloe LaPorte
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