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Our Staff

Kyle Finke

Executive Director & CEO
Leading LRCE since 2017, Kyle focuses our efforts on meeting Louisiana student needs through high-performing teacher training and support programs. Kyle comes to this work as a career changer - from the jewelry industry to middle-school science teacher through a series of increasingly complex roles training new teachers - and brings that understanding into LRCE’s work as the leading alternative certification program in Louisiana. Kyle serves as a member Dean in the national group Deans for Impact, which focuses on improving teacher preparation, and as a founding board member and chairperson of Rooted Schools. Rooted is a national network of charter high schools devoted to helping students graduate with skills certification in high-growth, high-wage technical industries. An avid builder and problem-solver, Kyle enjoys working on complex issues that have no clear solution here in the Deep South.

Christopher Joyce

Senior Director of Program
Christopher has served as an elementary teacher, master teacher, curriculum writer for the Louisiana Department of Education, principal, and school leader coach. In these various roles, Chris has seen how the classroom teacher is the single greatest determinant of student learning in a classroom. He has focused his career on improving teacher quality to support all students across Louisiana. Currently, Chris leads the Teach! Program team responsible for our teacher training and coaching focused on curriculum and pedagogy deeply rooted in Learning Science. Chris holds his Bachelor’s Degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY and his Masters in Educational Leadership from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, LA.

Adam Gordon

Director of Training and Instruction
Adam's experience working as an instructional coach, math teacher, session facilitator, and education consultant in one of the most rural and under-resourced school districts in Louisiana gave insight into the inequity that permeates our education system. As a result, he is committed to working toward ensuring that all schools have qualified certified teachers in front of students. Currently, Adam oversees LRCE’s ongoing training during the year and supports LRCE’s summer/school-year institutes. In this role, he oversees the arc of professional development and supports a staff of facilitators to develop practitioners' pedagogical knowledge as they train under a mentor teacher. Adam also works on developing and streamlining LRCE operational systems. In his free time, Adam enjoys traveling, learning computer programming, and spending time with his wife and daughter. Adam has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Education Leadership from Lehigh University.

Addie Kelley

Director of Training and Instruction
Addie taught in Louisiana schools for ten years before transitioning to the educational nonprofit world. In her time in the classroom, Addie worked as a Teacher Leader for her district, as a Teacher Leader Advisor for Louisiana’s Department of Education, and as a curriculum writer for the Louisiana ELA Guidebooks. Addie’s nonprofit work includes designing, developing, and delivering scientifically grounded teacher professional learning, supporting school and district leaders to adopt and implement high-quality curriculum, and coaching teachers and instructional coaches to plan and teach lessons that include best-practice instructional strategies. In August 2021 Addie graduated from Baylor University with an Ed.D. in Learning and Organizational Change. She also published a chapter on improving teacher professional learning through inquiry cycles in a book entitled Supporting Early Career Teachers With Research-Based Practices. Addie’s passion for developing champion teachers to serve Louisiana kids led her to LRCE where she supports coaches and practitioners as they develop their pedagogical content knowledge toward teacher certification. In her free time, Addie can be found running carpool to ballet, Girl Scouts, swim practice, art lessons, et al. She also enjoys reading, cooking, and crafting.

Veronica Stanek

Receptionist
Veronica, also known as Ms. V, is LRCE’s longest-serving employee. After graduating from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a degree in French and English Education, Veronica had careers as a middle/high school teacher, and information technology manager for the state of Louisiana. She has been with LRCE for 20+ years, and she still enjoys being the receptionist and being a part of the LRCE team. When Veronica is away from the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family.

Board of Directors

Chloe Wiley

Chair
Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Louisiana Foundation

Jimmy Sylvester

Treasurer
Turner Industries

Alexis Schlatre

Secretary
Harris, DeVille & Associates

Kyle Finke

Executive Director & Ceo
Louisiana Resource Center For Educators

Toby Guidry

Baton Rouge Coca-cola

Tiffany Whitehead

Episcopal School Of Baton Rouge

Courtney Richardson

Southern University Law Center

Brenda Sommers

Cadence Insurance

Jason Chauvin

Catholic High Pointe Coupee

Devin Zito

Assurance Financial

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