Denise McCormick, M. Ed., NBCT
I graduated from the University of New Orleans in 1998 with BA in Elementary Education and a concentration on Early Childhood. In 2008, I became a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. From 2008 to 2010, I participated in the Fellows Program offered by the School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans. In 2009, I graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a MA in Educational Leadership. Currently, I am working on my MA+30 through the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
In 1999, I began my teaching career in Slidell, LA at Florida Avenue Elementary teaching Title1/LA 4 Pre-K for 4 ½ years and 4th grade for 4 years. During this season, I worked collaboratively with the North Shore Reading Council to encourage the publishing of young authors and the Keep Slidell Beautiful Committee to promote citizenship skills with our youth. In 2005-2006 I was nominated Teacher of the Year at Florida Avenue Elementary. Afterwards, I had the opportunity to teach 3rd grade at Honey Island Elementary for 4 years and was promoted to Technology Resource Teacher for 1 year. I had the pleasure of writing grants via the Kelly Cook Foundation, Donor’s Choose, and the School Leadership Center. During my summers, I volunteered to travel the world with 8th grade students to conduct educational tours via the People to People Student Ambassadors Organization. For the past 5 years, I have been honored to serve as assistant principal at Magnolia Trace Elementary, where I lead the Positive Behavior Intervention Support Team and the Jr. FIRST Lego League.
I believe that together we can positively develop the whole child to his/her fullest potential. Our Magnolia Trace Learning Community values and esteems a collaborative team approach between students, teachers, parents, administration, and our community. We celebrate character development and social progress as much as we do academic success. We promote a “Growth Mindset” and believe that all students can and will achieve at Magnolia Trace! Therefore, I encourage everyone to: “Be the best ‘ME’ you can be!”