Louisiana Our Team Our Team Lori Oduyoye Eric Nelson Lori Oduyoye Lori Oduyoye is a native of Cincinnati Ohio. Becoming an educator was a result of her life’s purpose. Although she began her journey from school to career in hopes of being a microbiologist, her purpose became crystal clear as she went along the path. She went from receiving a full academic scholarship to college to becoming a Pell grant recipient as a result of becoming a young adult mom. She then went from a corporate bank HR recruiter to a teacher with Jobs for Tennessee Grads. Her destiny to become an educator became evident when she was offered a Spanish teacher position that she was able to accept because of high school AP credits. Because she went from being an academic all- star to a single mom working her way back to independent status, she knew she had to continue the path to be an educator. Her path to becoming an educator was on purpose. She served a dedicated employee of Memphis City Schools/Shelby County Schools for the past 23 years holding positions of classroom teacher, instructional facilitator, assistant principal, and principal. Her progressive work history is a direct indication of her dedication to strive for excellence and her passion for setting positive examples for children. Becoming part of the Stand for Children community will provide the opportunity to extend her belief in teamwork, where all stakeholders work together to achieve the goal of improving student achievement so that children are able to excel using the natural gifts they were born with as well as the developed gifts they gain through education and high expectations. Although she has dedicated her life to education, she credits motherhood as being her most important work. She is the mother of two daughters Torrie and Morgan who continue to give her the inspiration to live her life be a testimony that benefits others. Eric Nelson Eric Nelson joined Stand for Children in June of 2021, captivated with Stand’s fierce devotion to social justice. He is excited to support the Center for High School Success’ growth in the state of Louisiana, a land of diverse and talented adults and children. Eric believes deeply that K12 public education is the civil rights of our time and has dedicated his life to this cause. In his 25-year educational career, Eric has worked with schools and leaders in 25 states, visiting 250 schools and over 1,000 classrooms. Eric was a teacher and principal in Wisconsin, a principal in Seattle, area superintendent in Oakland, and a senior director in Michigan. He has also served as a leadership consultant to superintendents and principal supervisors across the country. At every stop, Eric has led dramatic increases in student achievement while also amplifying adult engagement by focusing on joyful progress. Eric resides in New Orleans, the cultural capital of the world, with his partner Chelsea. He loves recording, producing and playing music at his home music studio and soaking in the amazing cuisine, architecture and energy of the city. Eric received his bachelor and master degrees from the University of Wisconsin and his doctorate at the University of Washington studying how central office leaders can learn to focus on equitable student success.