Dr. Katiana Louissaint

Gray Fellow 2020-2021

Background

Dr. Katiana Louissaint is an educator in the New York City Public School System with over 19 years of experience, primarily in secondary school settings. She has served as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, and currently the principal at The New Preparatory Middle School 8 in South Jamaica, Queens. Dr. Katiana Louissaint migrated to the United States from Port-au-Prince, Haiti at the age of seven where she settled in her hometown of Queens Village, New York. Raised by a single mother, Dr. Louissaint knew at a young age, education was the key to all possibilities. She is a graduate of Adelphi University in Garden City, New York where she obtained her B.S in Education with a concentration in Psychology and her M.S. in Special Education. She went on to earn her Educational Administration and Supervision certificate from the College of Saint Rose. With a passion for learning, in December 2019 she earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Sage College of Albany. As a former English Language learner and a principled warrior, she is committed to fighting for all children to have access to a formidable education. Dr. Louissaint has devoted her work in building a culturally proficient school environment where all cultures are welcomed, nurtured, and supported. Through innovative educational programming and collaboration with staff, families, and community, Dr. Louissaint has challenged and supported young people as they transition from childhood to adolescence. Her experiences encompass her ability to ensure student achievement and develop teacher pedagogy while supporting teachers in their quest to become highly effective practitioners. She is committed to fostering a culture of equity and excellence whereby every child learns, grows, achieves, and becomes critical thinkers and ambassadors of their own learning.