Principal, Paul Habans Charter School
Joined the Team in 2011
Elisabeth LaMotte-Mitchell joined Paul Habans Charter School as Principal in 2016, where she is focused on raising student performance and developing a warm and rigorous school environment. Under Elisabeth’s leadership, Habans’ School Performance Score has increased, reaching a C letter grade for their academic performance. During this same period, Habans has received an A letter grade from the Louisiana Department of Education for academic growth, a testament to the belief that all students can achieve at high levels when given the resources and support they need to succeed.
Prior to joining the Habans team, Elisabeth worked at Harriet Tubman Charter School, where she was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for five years. As Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Elisabeth directly managed middle school teachers and provided professional development and curricular support. As part of the leadership team that moved Tubman from an F to a C school in just two years, Elisabeth’s support of middle school teachers led to great gains for students at Tubman. For four years, her 8th grade teachers outperformed the state and Recovery School District (RSD) in math and ELA. In 2014, 74% of Elisabeth’s own 8th grade math students passed the LEAP at Basic and above, outperforming the RSD and the state. In 2016, 7 out of 12 middle school classes had more than 70% of students score Basic or above in science, math, and ELA.
Elisabeth has extensive teaching and leadership experience prior to joining the founding Tubman team. LaMotte-Mitchell began her career teaching at Friendship Charter in the Anacostia neighborhood in Washington, D.C. as a corps member with Teach for America. There, Elisabeth and her team achieved double-digit gains and received the prestigious EPIC award. Elisabeth went on to teach in Chicago, IL, where her students increased 23 points in math and 18 points in reading on the NWEA. Elisabeth received a bachelor’s degree in political science from California Polytechnic State University.