About Us

Star Academy is a product of NOLA Education, an education innovation company. We’re a team of educators, workforce development champions, and business professionals dedicated to making the at-risk student experience brighter and more equitable.

 

Our Story

Star Academy was developed by a team of expert educators and researchers in 2005, in response to the nation’s rising at-risk student population. This team wanted to re-invent intervention programming, as it was clear that traditional models were failing 21st-century students. Together, they created a program that synthesized a standardized-test focused curriculum with hands-on, STEM-focused learning. The program was then established on a strong foundation of social-emotional learning, which holds students to a renewed level of personal responsibility and integrity. 

 

In 2018, the long-standing program was acquired by NOLA Education, an education-innovation company based out of La Place, LA. Our team consists of educators, researchers, business leaders, tech developers, and business leaders, but together, we can be summed up as one thing: believers. We believe that every student is worthy of the time and effort needed to help them reach a brighter, more equitable future. At NOLA, the entire team, across all departments and faucets, share one primary goal: helping students and educators reach their potential. 

Mission

NOLA Education’s Mission is to create, discover and deliver innovative and effective educational experiences that help learners succeed in school and life.

 

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Values

Innovation

Service

Excellence

Teamwork

Our values aren’t office decor: they’re equalizing standards each NOLA team member is held accountable for.

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Meet Our Team

CEO
John
Alvendia
VP Education
Virginia Robinson
VP Education
Jay
Wehrer
VP Technology
Manna
Justin
Chief Gov. Relations Dan
Cooper
VP Business Development
Robin
Mussa
Curriculum Design
Jeff
Hildebrandt
Education Curriculum
Courtney Fangue
Sam Zimmer
Sales & Marketing
Sam
Zimmer
Educational Support and SEL Specialist
Karen
Moore
Education Support and Data Specialist
Heidi
Broussard

Believers & Doers

At NOLA Education, we believe every student deserves a second chance, and we’re committed to delivering innovative education solutions that help them pursue a brighter future. Our program includes all of the training, tools, and on-going support needed to implement this model in your school system.


Looking for an additional supplement to complement our program? Needing custom-built curriculum solutions? We’re “Doers” by nature – our team is ready to come alongside you and build a custom solution that meets your goals!

 

A 5-Star Experience