Hilton-Pitre Named Assistant Director of LSU Leadership Development Institute
November 1, 2021
BATON ROUGE, LA- Twana Yvette Hilton-Pitre, PhD, was named the assistant director of K-12 education for LSU’s Leadership Development Institute.
In this role, Hilton-Pitre is responsible for design, implementation, and management of the Leadership Development Institute programming with K-12 at every level as well as facilitation of presentations in various departments across the campus of LSU. Her experience in school systems and management provided her with insight in professional development, district consulting, student achievement, counseling, and leadership.
Prior to accepting the role of assistant director of K-12 education with LDI, Hilton-Pitre taught courses at LSU in the P-12 Educational Leadership PhD department and worked as a university supervisor for LSU’s teacher preparation program. She has been a teacher, school counselor, assistant principal, principal, and district administrator. Hilton-Pitre also worked as an assistant professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver teaching undergraduate students in the field of elementary education and was an associate professor at Grambling State University teaching graduate students in the Educational Leadership program. During her tenure as principal in Ascension Parish, she developed a strong leadership team and transformed the school performance score (SPS) from a C to A. From 2018-2021, Hilton-Pitre served as an executive director for school leadership over elementary, middle and high school principals in Baton Rouge. In this role, she supported the district’s low-performing high-poverty schools by increasing student achievement while enhancing leadership development.
Hilton-Pitre earned her doctoral degree at Colorado State University and is a member of the American Educational Research Association for urban learning, teaching and research. Her own research interests include positive student culture, effective learning communities, and mental health among African American students. She is a coauthor of Counseling African American Girls in a White School Setting. Hilton-Pitre was the recipient of Research and Creative Works Award by Grambling State University (2016), the Achievement Award, presented by Black Student Services at Colorado State University (2007) and the Doctoral Fellowship Award by Colorado State University (2004-2006). She is also a member of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), Louisiana Association of School Executives (LASE), and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
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