Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education

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The strength of Sci High and the Foundation lies in the enthusiastic support we receive from parents, teachers, and committed community members.

Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education Board

The Foundation's Board of Directors is made up of over 25 community volunteers who are committed to improving education and the lives of children in New Orleans. Click here to view a complete list of Foundation Board members.

Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education staff

Director of Advancement, Martha McKnight joined the Foudation team in mid September 2011. Martha graduated Yale University with a degree in English.  She comes to the Foundation with 25 years of experience in development and management positions in the education and non-profit sector including posts at the Arts Council, Tulane University, and NOCCA.  In Martha’s previous post at FirstLine Schools, she served as development director and was responsible for developing a fundraising program for 5 schools that included individual giving and corporate, foundation, and government grants.

Advocates for Science and Mathematics Education

The chartering organization for Sci High, the Advocates is operated by a board whose members include:

  • Mary Zervigon, Chair
  • Sybil Morial, Secretary
  • James Schneiders, Treasurer
  • Nicholas Altiero, Ph.D.
  • John Brown
  • Joseph Caverly
  • Jennifer A. Fallon
  • Michelle Hayes
  • Deborah Love, J.D.

School Leadership

In 2012, Sci High adopeted the co-principal model of school leadership, with each principal taking the lead on different areas of administration. Claire Jecklin is the Co-Principal for Academics and Chana Benenson is the Co-Principal for School Culture. For more information on Ms. Jecklin and Ms. Benenson, click here.

Community Partners

Sci High and the Foundation are fortunate to work with many local and national partners. To view a list of our community partners and the contributions they make to Sci High, click here.