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At FirstLine we take a village approach to educating our students. Our staff is diverse across generations, ethnic groups, and life experiences.
The balance of veteran and new teachers leads to a dynamic mix of new ideas and experience-driven approaches. We are committed to doing our part to ensure that all students in New Orleans receive an outstanding education.



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Big Chiefs are leaders – they reflect the commitments held most sacred to our network, show us how to be our best selves, and weave these values into the fabric of FirstLine. Big Chief Awards are given out annually to employees who exemplify the network values. Winners are nominated by their peers and voted on by a panel of judges.

Since 2015 we have celebrated these commitments and the people who best reflect them, each year through our Big Chief Awards, which are named after key members of the FirstLine family who illustrated and embodied our commitments. 

The Ramona Luke Big Chief of Service Award
The Brenda Benoit Big Chief of Results Award
The Anthony Recasner Big Chief of Learning Award
The Darcy McKinnon Big Chief of Collaboration Award
The Kelly Miranda Big Chief of Fun Award
The Adrian Morgan Big Chief Guardian Award


Find out what people said about our 2022 Big Chief Award Recipients.