Alumna, McNabb, earns National Board Re-Certification


Baton Rouge, LA -- When LSU alum, Brandie Nijoka McNabb, sets her mind to do something, she not only accomplishes the task, she excels at it. McNabb graduated with her Masters of Education from the School of Education in May 2017. She stays busy and remains productive. McNabb is a native of Zachary, Louisiana and a second grade English Language Arts teacher at Zachary’s Rollins Place Elementary School, and in the last several years has served as President of the Louisiana Reading Association, was chosen as one of seven finalists for Dream Teachers’ H. Norman Saurage III Service Award (2016), and she is a Seesaw Ambassador.

A self-described life learner, and a wife and mother of two girls, she has also published a piece on arts integration in the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Today, and she is an apprentice Fellow with the Louisiana A+ Schools Arts Integration Network. Fellow graduate student Jamie Hipp, who has co-authored and co-taught with McNabb stated: "I am proud to call Brandie a colleague. Her high energy, passion, and creativity give her the ability to produce impressive results in both her classroom and her professional development. It comes as no surprise to me that Brandie has re-certified, as I am certain the Board recognized the exceptional teacher that she is.” 

Photo of Brandie Nijoka McNabb teacher at Zachary’s Rollins Place Elementary School

Brandie Nijoka McNabb, MEd 2017, is a teacher at Zachary’s Rollins Place Elementary School. She recently earned her National Board Re-Certification.

McNabb originally achieved National Board status in 2008. Her achieving recertification is an accomplishment in itself but is also a strong reflection of her continued dedication to her students, to the teaching profession, and reflects the advanced knowledge she gained while pursuing her master’s degree in the School of Education.

Her major professor for her master’s degree was School of Education professor, Dr. Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, who commented, “Brandi McNabb is an outstanding representation of the high-caliber students we attract and retain; she is the epitome of the graduate students studying for advanced degrees in the School of Education.”

Dr. Neil Mathews, director of the School of Education stated, “Ms. McNabb is a teacher-leader and will join the ranks of 500+ other LSU graduates who have gone on to earn outstanding recognition by completing certification as a National Board Certified Teacher.”


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