Jul 03, 2012
Capitol High and Crestworth Elementary Principals Named

BATON ROUGE, La. - Today, Recovery School District (RSD) Superintendent Patrick Dobard announced the selection of two new principals to lead Baton Rouge Achievement Schools for the 2012-2013 school year. Ericka Jones will serve as the principal of Crestworth Learning Academy and Roy Walker will lead Capitol High School.

"I am pleased with the selection of these two innovative educators who will join our other Achievement Zone leaders," said Supt. Dobard. "Both Ms. Jones and Mr. Walker have proven leadership skills and the commitment to academic achievement that is needed to help transform schools and the lives of children. I look forward to working with them during this upcoming school year."

Ericka Jones previously served as the assistant principal/acting principal of Baker Middle School with the City of Baker School System. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Southern University and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Prior to working at Baker Middle School, Jones served in several administrative roles with the Richardson Independent School District in Richardson, Texas. She served as an assistant principal at both Thurgood Marshall Elementary School and Hamilton Park Magnet Elementary School. She began her career teaching at O’Henry Elementary School and Christa McAuliffe Learning Center.

Roy Walker previously served as the assistant principal of Capitol Middle School with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. He attended Louisiana State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and attended Southern University where he earned a master’s degree in administration and supervision.

In addition to his former position at Capitol Middle School, Walker has also served as a school administrator at Kenilworth Middle School. Prior to his roles in educational administration, he served as a classroom teacher and successfully coached various athletic teams at Sherwood Middle and Belaire High School.

Walker has indicated some of his educational goals include closing the achievement gap for minority students, providing a safe, orderly learning environment for all students, and improving student achievement, parental involvement, and community involvement at his school.

Parents and community members will have an opportunity to meet both Jones and Walker during an upcoming "Meet the Principal" meeting for their respective schools.

The meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, July 3, 6 p.m. - Crestworth Learning Academy, 10650 Ave. F, Baton Rouge
  • Tuesday, July 10, 6 p.m. - Capitol High School, 1000 N. 23rd St., Baton Rouge

Through the Baton Rouge Achievement Zone, the RSD is focused on significantly impacting and turning around student learning and achievement for 10,000 students located in a contiguous three zip code area of North Baton Rouge.

The seven schools participating in the RSD Achievement Zone are Istrouma High, Capitol High, Prescott Middle, Glen Oaks Middle, Crestworth Academy, Dalton Elementary, and Lanier Elementary.

For additional information about the RSD or Baton Rouge Achievement Zone, call (225) 342-4046 or visit

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