NEW ORLEANS, LA - Collegiate Academies’ Abramson Sci Academy [ASA] and Opportunities Academy [OA] have named new School Leaders for the 2020-2021 school year. Sophia Scott has been named Opportunities Academy’s new Executive Director and Anthony McElligott will lead Abramson Sci Academy. Both predecessors will remain with the network in different capacities. Rhonda Dale, ASA’s current principal, will transition to lead Collegiate’s Next Level Nola program, and James Lukens, OA’s current leader, will transition to serve as the network’s Senior Director of Student Supports. 

Sophia and Anthony are both graduates of the charter network’s year-long school leader fellowship designed to provide in-depth support and insight into the processes and best practices involved in leading a school. Both leaders have served as Assistant Principals for their prospective schools, Sophia for the past past school year and Anthony for the past three years.

“Mr. McElligott has been a critical member of the ASA team since 2011, serving in various roles including Chemistry instructor, 10th Grade Dean, Dean of Science and most recently, as the Assistant Principal of School Culture for the past 3 years,” said Rhonda Dale, current Principal of ASA. “Mr. McElligott is a beloved fixture in ASA’s hallways and has developed strong relationships with students, families, and teachers.” 

“Ms. Scott has been a New Orleans educator for 13 years,” said James Lukens, OA’s current Executive Director. “As a founding member of CA Next, Collegiate’s college completion program, she built the programs that support our alums in the world beyond CA, serviced a caseload of 195 of those alums in college, all while craving to get back into a school. Sophia is a powerhouse voice and advocate for our OA students, and we are blessed to have such a visionary executor taking the lead in 2020.”

Sophia holds her undergraduate degree from Loyola University of New Orleans and her Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education (Mild/Moderate) and a Reading Specialist Certification from Xavier University Louisiana. She has taught English, Reading, Special Education, and has served in leadership roles as a special education and 504 coordinator, managing the college completion program for Collegiate Academies alumni, and co-leader at Opportunities Academy. 

“I’ve spent my whole life in New Orleans and have been in education since 2007,” said Sophia Scott, OA’s new Executive Director. “I am looking to build and grow a program that sets the precedent nationwide in serving students with exceptionalities.”

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College with a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. Anthony has 12 years of experience teaching Chemistry and leading as a dean and Assistant Principal. Anthony has also served as an instructor for Relay Graduate School of Education. 

“I’m incredibly excited to build on the strong legacy of Abramson Sci Academy and strengthen our community,” said Anthony McElligott, ASA’s new principal. “We will embark on a new frontier together. We will make sure we are giving our students as much opportunity and access as possible, not just to college, but beyond to careers of their dreams.”