Director of Student Culture, Akili Academy
Joined the Akili Team in 2009
Lesley Blouin is the Director of Student Culture at Akili Academy, where she works to provide a safe, trusting and nurturing environment for students, staff, and families. Through her work and with the support of her team, students at Akili continuously work to develop positive interpersonal skills, accept responsibility, spend more time in class, and in turn grow as learners. In this role , Lesley directly manages the discipline team for each grade band and provides professional development and curricular support.
Lesley began her teaching career as a classroom teacher in the metro Atlanta area where she taught first grade at River’s Edge Elementary. While there she received awards for the outstanding scores her students achieved on the state exams. In 2009 Lesley returned to New Orleans and was hired at Akili Academy where she has served as classroom teacher, lead teacher, grade level lead, and Dean of Culture. During the 2015 academic school year, Lesley received the Achievement Networks Teacher of the Year for her collaboration with team members, commitment to excellence, and data-driven approach to teaching. Lesley received her B.A. from Dillard University in Early Childhood Education and her M.A.T from Relay GSE. Lesley is also an alum of Teach NOLA.