Meet the Team
The Kenner Discovery team includes our board, founding head of school, leadership teams, faculty, parents, and students. As a team, we will work to deliver an exciting, accountable school model to the students and parents of Jefferson Parish. Together we will become a community of learners growing together and celebrating our students and their accomplishments.
Patty Glaser, Ph.D – Head of School
Patty Glaser, Ph.D. opens and grows schools! Creating schools to match community needs is her passion; especially schools that serve all kinds of learners. Dr. Glaser’s doctoral work is in designing curriculums for charter schools. She has been the lead writer for 5 community charters from start-up to full approval. As CEO of Kenner Discovery, Patty’s goal is to grow a PreK-12th grade school with an expert faculty, a vibrant community, and enthusiastic students. Dr. Glaser is committed to growing the student population, the academic performance, and the financial sustainability of Kenner Discovery so it can be a gem in the Kenner community for many years to come.
Sharon Preen – Assistant Head of School
Sharon holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Special Education from the University of New Orleans. Her undergraduate degree is in History with a Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification from Tulane University. Sharon is certified in grade K-4 and as a Reading Specialist K-12. Over the past 15 years she worked in K-12 school settings with a diverse population of learners with wide-ranging needs and abilities. Her mission while working in schools has been to develop meaningful curriculum and instructional methods that set high achievement expectations as well as cultivate academic curiosity.
In her own words… “My dedication to curriculum development has nurtured student engagement and a love for learning. My educational philosophy and teaching methodology has been greatly influenced by Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence, the constructivist ideas of Jean Piaget, the sociolinguistic theories of Lev Vygotsky, and Kolb’s experiential learning theory. I believe that all children have individual gifts, talents, and unique learning styles. My goal when working with all students has been to contribute to the development of lifelong learning, self-advocacy, and global thinking.” Sharon is extremely excited to be part of the Kenner Discovery Leadership Team and expresses her enthusiasm often. She looks forward to personally meeting all the students and families who will be part of the Kenner Discovery family.
Lyn Kelly – Lower School Principal
Lyn is a dynamic instructional leader with 33 years of PreK-8th grade teaching experience serving diverse populations. Last school year, Mrs. Kelly worked as Kenner Discovery’s math interventionist, but is thoroughly delighted and humbled to serve as the Pre-K – 4th grade principal. She feels fortunate to have the opportunity to nurture and support the dynamic learning community at Kenner Discovery that works collaboratively to strengthen the academic and social achievement of our students. Her goal is to develop a school environment that embraces respect, responsibility, and pride in learning.
Mrs. Kelly holds a Masters in education from the University of New Orleans and is certified in Educational Leadership, Elementary Grades K – 8th, Special Education Generic Mild/Moderate, and Learning Disabilities. During her career, she has served as an Instructional Strategist, Department Head, and Mentor Teacher. Mrs. Kelly has been featured in Who’s Who in American Education, chosen as Teacher of the Year, and received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.
When not at school, Lyn enjoys playing with her dog, Beaux, reading, gardening, and traveling, especially to visit her two grown children who live out of state.
Dr. Jesse Watson – Middle School Principal
Distinguished as a vibrant and driven leader, Dr. Jesse J. Watson, Ph.D., M.P.A. is highly regarded for his problem-solving, consensus-building, communication, and human relations skills. He believes strongly in the potential of every student and that, through functioning as a team, all students will achieve at the highest levels. A native of Monroe, Louisiana, Dr. Watson is the product of parents (both educators) who instilled in him the value of a solid academic foundation. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA (SUBR) and later earned dual Master’s Degrees from SUBR: Master of Public Administration at Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy (M.P.A.) and Master of Education in Administration and Supervision (M.Ed.). Dr. Watson also received a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Prior to joining Kenner Discovery as the founding principal, Dr. Watson was an assistant principal at one the state’s top performing charter schools and an instructional leader at both the middle school and collegiate levels. A published author, Dr. Watson has presented research at numerous national and international conferences held throughout the world: Beijing, China, Johannesburg, South Africa, Honolulu, HI, New York, NY, San Diego, CA, Houston, TX, Memphis, TN and New Orleans, LA. Dr. Watson enjoys traveling, music, and all sports, especially golf.