Meet Danette Thierry

Meet Danette Thierry, Warren Easton Charter High School Social Studies Teacher 

Danette Thierry

Brassy Brown:  What inspired you to be a teacher?

D.T.  I think I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher.  I was two years into my engineering program at LSU, but deep down I knew being an engineer was not in my heart.  Working with children in some capacity was always attractive.  I graduated from college the spring before Hurricane Katrina and spent that summer as mentor to low- income students in the Jefferson Parish Weed and Seed program.  Two weeks before the storm hit, I was hired as counselor at the Naval Air Station’s Teen Center.  I stayed at that post for nearly two years and moved on to work as a case worker for Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Unfortunately, due to office restructuring, I was fired and less than two weeks later, I began working on my teaching certification and the rest is history.

Brassy Brown: How long have you been a teacher?

This  school year marks my seventh year teaching.

Brassy Brown: Where and what do you teach?

I am a 9th grade social studies teacher at Warren Easton Charter High School in New Orleans.

4) What have you learned from your students?

I have learned to be carefree from my students.  I know that may sound corny, but it’s true.  Before I started teaching and working with teenagers full time, I was very conservative and uptight.  

5) What do you find most challenging about being a teacher in NOLA

Uncertainty.  I work in a charter school and there is zero job security.  Fortunately, there is not a lot of turnover at my school, but there are schools in New Orleans where there is high teacher turnover. Post-Katrina New Orleans is finally seeing some stability and normalcy, but the reality is that the New Orleans public school system still needs improvement.

6) What’s your hope for the future of education in New Orleans? My hope is that education in New Orleans shifts back to being centered on the students. Our children’s education is not an experiment.


5 Comments

  • Saundra Reed

    January 24, 2014

    I would be interested to know how Ms Thierry sees herself contributing to the future of education in New Orleans outside of the classroom.

    • Danette Thierry

      January 25, 2014

      Thanks for asking this question Saundra! I think the best way I can answer this is to continue to teach and make my peer group, the so called millenials aware of what’s going on with education in New Orleans. With all of the charters and “reformers” that have come into the city, it’s hard to keep up with everything. Beyond just talking about education in New Orleans, I also think that it’s important To mentor And be a positive influence in the lives Of children in New Orleans beyond the classroom as well.

  • BrassyBrown.com

    January 25, 2014

    Thanks for your responses ladies! Keep the conversation going.

  • Linetta J Gilbert

    January 27, 2014

    Danielle,
    Thanks for demonstrating the courage to find your calling and follow it. Teaching is an art, science and a spiritual vocation. Stray strong and keep teaching!

  • Carnell Gaines

    January 29, 2014

    I’m just really proud as a Warren Easton alumn that great teachers are still roaming those hallways.

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