As Dean Fellow and a founding Assistant Professor of Practice of Relay Baton Rouge, Norah Gillam leads the teacher preparation curriculum for the campus. As an educational leader, Norah helped lead Newark Collegiate Academy in Newark, NJ, to strong academic results and above 90% college matriculation for the past 6 years. During her time at Newark Collegiate, she also worked as a writing teacher and as English Department Chair. Before joining KIPP: NJ, Norah taught English and AP Language at East New York Family Academy in Brooklyn as a member of Teach For America. Norah earned her B.A. in Writing from Wittenberg University and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Pace University. Gillam is closely supported by Senior Dean of Relay New Orleans, Jennifer Francis.
Louisiana’s capital and second largest city, Baton Rouge is a town on the move. Established as a military post by the French in 1719 and named “le baton rouge” (the red stick) after a red cypress tree, today Baton Rouge’s French culture endures as its economy booms and its school system transforms.
Campus Overview and Statistics
Average teacher starting salary: $50,960
+ Certification Requirements
Praxis I exam(s)
Praxis II exam(s)
Practitioner License Application Fee $50
Practitioner License completed application
Passing of PLT grade level exam(s)
Level 1 Teaching Certification Application Fee $50
Level 1 Teaching Certificate Application
Kenilworth Math & Science
Social & Educational Landscape
Home to one of the nation’s largest ports, Baton Rouge has a large petrochemical industry and is one of the fastest growing mid-sized cities in the country. With an increasingly diversified economy and education initiatives to improve schools, Baton Rouge has a promising future.
Baton Rouge was an important site of the civil rights movements starting in the 1950s and 1960s. It was the home of what many scholars count as a foundational event in civils rights history: the first bus boycott. The boycott on June 19, 1953, inspired a wave of similar boycotts, protests, and sit-ins across the country.
+ City Fun
Tour Louisiana's Old State Capitol: a beautiful, 165-year-old statehouse featuring many exhibits about the events and people that have shaped Louisiana's history.
Enjoy a Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers football game at Tiger Stadium, known as “Death Valley” for its enthusiasm and energy on Saturdays in the fall.
Go on a scenic hike in Atchafalaya Basin, the United States’ largest wetland.
Visit the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center: a 103-acre facility filled with live animal exhibits, mineral exhibits, and much more that will give you a feel for Baton Rouge’s culture and climate.
+ Getting Around
The Capital Area Transit System has bus routes all over Baton Rouge. However, buses run relatively infrequently in this small city, so it is best to have a car or bike to get around.