BRIS Welcomes Vicki Jarrell as New Head of School

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Baton Rouge International School is delighted to welcome Vicki Jarrell as our new Head of School. After a thorough search process, Vicki was selected from an international pool of diverse and talented candidates.

Vicki is an accomplished school administrator who has served in a variety of teaching, counseling, and leadership roles throughout her 33-year career. She has experience in a range of school sizes and curriculums and feels passionate about international education and giving students the chance to be ‘citizens of the world.’

She comes to BRIS from Meisler Middle School, a diverse school with 1,000 students located in Metairie, Louisiana, where she was the Principal since 2018. There, she played an integral role in all aspects of school life: from hiring and mentoring 100+ teachers and staff to serving as the instructional leader in charge of curriculum and staff professional development.

Vicki is passionate about the IB curriculum, describing it as ‘how education should be.’ She has previous training and experience with IB PYP, MYP, and Diploma Programmes. 

Before Meisler Middle, she served as the District Gifted Education Coordinator for Westerville City Schools in Westerville, Ohio, where she helped develop education plans for DP gifted students. Prior to that role, Vicki was the Principal at Emerson World Cultures Magnet School, a school comparable to BRIS in its international focus and mission. Under her leadership, the World Cultures Magnet School was ranked as the number one school in Ohio for community service by League.org (2010) and ranked sixth out of the top 100 schools in Central Ohio by Columbus Monthly (2006). Additionally, Vicki coordinated with parents and the local community to establish programming for Spanish, Chinese, Violin, as well as competitive Chess and Robotics. 

While at Westerville, she was awarded the Great Educator Mentor Award and the Superintendent’s A+ award for service above and beyond job responsibilities.

Vicki’s classroom experience and counseling background have been instrumental in her ability to create positive and trusting relationships with staff, students, and parents, as well as in driving campus engagement, communications, community relations, and fundraising efforts. She is a life-long learner and pushes for continuous improvement and is in the business of growing people and growing schools. 

Vicki is hugely enthusiastic about this opportunity and believes that BRIS is where she will be happy and make a real difference.

Vicki currently resides in Mandeville, Louisiana, with her husband Mark, her niece, Gabrielle (a high school freshman), and nephew Kaleb (a freshman at Southeastern Louisiana University). She and Mark have three children, Liam (Assistant News Director for WKMS/NPR in Kentucky), Nicholas (a recent graduate of Tulane University’s Social Work program, currently working with UNITY in New Orleans), and Jessica (a junior at the University of Colorado). When she is not at school, Vicki loves acting and singing in community theater productions and writing short stories and plays.