Raquel Square has joined Charter Schools USA as a regional director of education for Baton Rouge and Lafayette.
In this role, she will oversee principals in several Louisiana schools. Her duties will include helping principals set goals, monitoring performance of schools and providing ongoing coaching and feedback. She also will provide support for staff development and school support.
In Lafayette, Charter Schools USA operates Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy and Lafayette Renaissance Charter Academy.
Square will replace Teresa Brown, who was serving as a regional director overseeing schools in Baton Rouge, Plaquemine and Lafayette parishes, as well as Georgia and Indiana, said Colleen Reynolds, a spokeswoman for CSUSA.
“We had always intended to bring a local director on board who is more familiar with the area, so Teresa was serving in the interim until we found the perfect match,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds added that regional directors are assigned schools in specific geographic areas.
Square previously was noted as a turnaround specialist as a member of the Louisiana Turnaround Principal Cohort at Xavier University. Under her leadership, Scotlandville Elementary School exited the academically unacceptable status after two years with academic growth in multiple categories. In addition, Bains Lower Elementary experienced similar growth, receiving an “A” for school performance and a No. 1 state ranking in kindergarten readiness.
Square is working toward her doctorate of philosophy in public policy from Southern University in Baton Rouge. She received her master’s degree in education administration and supervision, as well as a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, from Southern University.
“We are very excited to have Ms. Square on our team,” Charter Schools USA Chief Academic Officer Sherry Hage said in a statement. “Her local knowledge and dedication to bringing schools to a high level of excellence will help our principals in Lafayette Parish provide the very best academic success for our students.”
In addition to its two schools in Lafayette, CSUSA operates three schools in Lake Charles, three near Baton Rouge and one in Shreveport.