RLRP Cohort 2 Graduate
Andrew H. Wilson Charter School, New Orleans
A native of New Orleans, Ronicka was identified as gifted very early in her education at an urban public school. As a 5th grader, she and her family relocated to Camp LeJeune, North Carolina where she attended school through the Department of Defense. The educational standards and expectations were higher in these North Carolina schools, but Ronicka grew to meet and exceeded these high standards.
She graduated from high school in Lafayette, LA and enrolled in Xavier University of Louisiana. Ronicka excelled as a student at Xavier. When she wasn’t studying, she spent her time reaching out to the community, participating in social justice research, and tutoring and volunteering in public schools.
While attending Xavier, Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans, devastating the entire city. This did not stop Ronicka. She continued her studies and graduated, making her the first individual in her family to graduate from college.
Ronicka’s belief in providing all children with an excellent education prompted her to join Teach for America where she taught in one of New Orleans’ first turn around charter schools. She coached her students and helped them in achieving their growth goals, meeting the challenges of teaching in an urban school head-on.
Ronicka is currently married with one beautiful daughter. She is continuing her work as a curriculum coordinator in the city of New Orleans. She aspires to start a charter school, in which she will affect change as a catalyst for education reform.
- Ronicka is currently working as the curriculum coordinator for grades 3-5 at a New Orleans charter school. In this role she provides support to teachers through classroom observations, curriculum support, and weekly job-embedded professional learning.
- Ronicka has worked to organize, develop and implement a 45 minute literacy block in grades 3-5. Twenty teachers engage students in small group instruction and guided reading on their reading level. This literacy block has been very successful and students are showing lots of growth.
- Ronicka designed and implemented, The Achievers Academy, a special 4th Grade LEAP tutoring program. Achievers Academy is a data-driven tutoring program that provides innovative academic enrichment opportunities for students.
- Ronicka led the school's grant team that wrote for the Apangea Learning Math Grant. The school was awarded the STEM grant by the Louisiana Department of Education. This grant will allow students in middle school to get additional math support via interactive online tutorials.
- Ronicka is working with the school’s Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) on the school’s academic blueprint for the next school year.
- Ronicka led the effort to secure NOLA TIF funds. The NOLA TIF project, a grant funded by the federal government’s Teacher Incentive Fund, is dedicated to improving student achievement and promoting educator excellence in New Orleans. Wilson is one of only ten organizations working with New Schools for New Orleans to implement the project.